“Autism Parents Together is being about supporting one another and sharing advice, sharing information and ideas, and that’s been really good, just been able to have that information on your phone to hand and share ideas”.

“Our family have attended quite a lot of events since Autism Parents Together started. We have been too Soft Plays, Airtrail at Tees Barrage, & Go Climb at Billingham Forum. The whole family can go, and it means you don’t have to worry about the siblings & they enjoy it too.”

“One of the favourite exclusive events that my son George likes attending is at the Gaming Hideaway in Thornaby with his friends, playing the Xbox and PlayStation games and he absolutely loves the virtual reality headsets and the 360 VR rollercoaster simulator that turns 360 degrees”.

“One thing that I really like about attending the children’s events is that it feels really familiar, you turn up and everyone starts arriving and you know the other members and their children, and you feel so relaxed, it just feels like you’re with Family. Its familiar and predictable, our son George is an unpredictable person and it’s just comfortable to know that your in a familiar crowd of other people.

“Been in a mainstream place surrounded by other autism parents your just completely relaxed and its reassuring”.

Autism Parents Together Tees Valley also run events for the parents.

“I had a lovely day at Rockcliffe Hall Spa and my husband Craig went Go Carting at Portrack, we both had a really good time.

One of the highlights for me so far has been the eighties night, it was a good night. We had good fun with lots of friends and just good times, we just all really let our hair down and we had a fabulous time, it was brilliant.

“I think fundraising is especially important to keep this charity going. Back in July my Mother-in-Law, Father & Daughter Ellie walked from Saltburn to Staithes and back, it was about 18 miles and it rained, but we raised a lot of money for the charity.

Kate became a trustee for the charity in February 2020

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