This is a FREE service for parents/carers of children aged 0-5 years old with special needs.

This group is intended to bring support advice and information on other services available at a time of great need. Trained autism practitioners will deliver sessions that aim to:

  • Provide a safe place where parents can spend time with other parents who are in similar situation. 
  • Provide information, advice and signposting in relation to parents and their child’s needs.
  • Provide a space where children are able to have fun, engaging in activities which are meaningfull and positive.

Newton Aycliffe Group

  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10.00 – 12.00 and Thursday, from 12.30 - 2.30pm
  • North East Centre for Autism, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6UN

For more details please contact:

Theresa Arrowsmith on 01325 328 092 or email 

Stanley Group

  • The group meet every Friday, from 1.00 - 2.30pm
  • Stanley, Clifford Rd, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0AB

Sunderland Group

  • The group meet every Thursday, from 9.30 - 11.00am 
  • Rainbow Family Centre, 34 Elliott Terrace, Washington, NE37 3AE

For more details please contact:

Kerrie Highcock on 0191 410 9974 or email