This is a FREE service for parents/carers of pre school children with special needs.

These groups are 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 meaningful and positive.

Newton Aycliffe Group

  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10.00 – 12.00 and Thursday, from 11.30 - 1.00pm
  • Neville community centre, Nevilles Parade, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5DH

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

East Durham

  • The group meet every Wednesday from 9.30-11.00am. 
  • Trimdon Grange Community Centre, Salters Lane, TS29 6PB

Stockton Groups

We currently have three groups in the Stockton area:


  • The group meet every Tuesday, from 10.00-11.30am
  • Early support nursery Tedder Ave, Thornaby, TS179JP


  • The group meet every Tuesday, 1.00-2.30pm 
  • Billingham Family Hub, Ochil Terrace Stockton TS232QL

Central Stockton 

  • The group meet every Wednesday 1.00-2.30pm
  • Family hub, Yarm Road, TS18-3PJ

Little Sparks Music Group

This group is delivered by an autism practitioner from NEAS and music practitioner from Sage Gateshead. 

When and where:

  • The group runs every Wednesday, from 10.00-11.30am
  • Riverside Children's Centre, Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Benwell, NE4 8XS

For more details please contact:

Kerrie Highjack, Family Development Manager

By telephone: 0191 410 9974