Party at Sunderland school marks anniversary for autism charity

Autistic youngsters from across the north east headed to Thornhill School for a fun day to celebrate the third anniversary of the North East Autism Society. Pictured are Laura Kenna, 6, and mum Sarah.
Autistic youngsters from across the north east headed to Thornhill School for a fun day to celebrate the third anniversary of the North East Autism Society. Pictured are Laura Kenna, 6, and mum Sarah.
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A LEADING autism charity is celebrating three years of working with communities on Wearside and across the North East.

The North East Autism Society (NEAS) Community Services team celebrated their third birthday with a party at Thornhill School in Sunderland.

Autistic youngsters from across the north east headed to Thornhill School on Friday (020911) for a 'Fab Friday' fun day to celebrate the third anniversary of the North East Autism Society. Ellie Dempster -, 11, has her face painted at the event.

Autistic youngsters from across the north east headed to Thornhill School on Friday (020911) for a 'Fab Friday' fun day to celebrate the third anniversary of the North East Autism Society. Ellie Dempster -, 11, has her face painted at the event.

The free day-long event welcomed families from across the region who are living or caring for someone with autism.

Children, parents and carers enjoyed activities including a climbing wall, archery, basketball, face painting, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, dance workshops and coaching from basketball team the Newcastle Eagles.

Steve Kenna, head of Community Services at the charity, said: “Often the disability is placed before the young person and this can create barriers to participation.

“Supporting young people to experience outdoor adventure helps to promote confidence, independence skills and being able to make decisions.

“In providing the right safe environment, we can use the experience to support the young people to be included within society and experience the challenges and joys that the outdoors has to offer.

“Parents and families find the support during the school holidays as a service, enables them to continue with their normal routines and maintain a balanced family life.”

NEAS Community Services team supports more than 150 families by providing a wide range of activities for children and young people with autism during school holidays, including residential short breaks.