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Sometimes autistic people with may find communicating with other people and social situations more challenging than others. We provide a variety of opportunities for people to learn new social skills, meet new people and try new activities in a group setting.

Adult social groups

Our adult social groups in Newcastle and Sunderland each take place once a month. They involve a combination of activities in the wider community and activities and events in our base in each location.

Members of the social groups are invited to make suggestions on what they would like to get involved in, and some things the groups have participated in include meals out, film nights, quizzes, a Halloween party, going to the local climbing wall, BBQs and even a trip to the theatre. Please contact us for more information about your local social group.

  • Newcastle group – first Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm.
  • Sunderland group – last Wednesday of the month, 6.30-8.30pm.
Members of our adult social groups are asked to pay £4 for each session they attend and cover the costs of any additional meals and activities.

Youth club

We also have a youth club for young people living in Newcastle with a diagnosis of autism aged from 8-16. Our Social Inclusion Project focuses on facilitating links with the community by supporting young people to make friends and try new things. From our base in a local school, which is also our resource centre, we have provided circus skills activities, music sessions and massage therapy.

We can access all the facilities the school is able to offer, such as a sensory room, kitchen and a wide range of sports activities including trampolining. Children have also gone out into the community for photography sessions and to wildlife parks.

The youth club is funded by the Newcastle City Council and a £5 fee per session will ensure the continued success of the group.

  • Children aged 8-12 – Tuesday evenings, 5.30-7.30pm.
  • Children aged 13-16 – Thursday evenings, 5.30-7.30pm.
Young people are listened to as activities always link to particular interests – a treasure hunt had a pirate theme which enhanced my son’s enjoyment, as pirates are of particular interest.
Parent of a group member

How to access our support

Sometimes our social groups require a small payment per session to cover the costs of activities. You might be able to access certain benefits to pay for this.