A CHARITY that supports families of children with autism has celebrated five years of working with communities across the region.

The North East Autism Society's community services team marked its fifth anniversary with a family fun day today (Friday, August 30).

Held at the charity’s new base, the North East Centre for Autism, at Newton Aycliffe, the party included activities for children with autism along with their friends, carers and families.

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They enjoyed archery, basketball, face painting, go karts, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, drama, dance workshops and had access to advice and guidance from expert staff.

Working across the region, the charity’s community services team supports more than 150 families with a wide range of positive activities for young people with autism during school holidays and residential short breaks.

Sarah Dunne, programme manager, said: “Families use the summer to meet new people and enjoy new experiences, but many children and young people with autism rely heavily on a routine and the change can be disorientating.

“Some children and young people find coping without their normal routine frightening and upsetting.

“We focus on adding structure to the holiday, building up a routine so the whole family can relax and enjoy the break.”