TWO teachers have created a new organisation which allows young people with special educational needs to enjoy a night out.

SENtral Nights is launching in Darlington in April.

Louise Spence and Rebecca Lister came up with the idea.

Rebecca said: "As a teacher who works with young adults with additional needs, it has been brought to my attention the lack of activities for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in and around Darlington. Speaking to people, something that is missing is an evening out on the town.

"SENtral Nights are wanting to break the barriers of a night out by providing a safe, inclusive and fun environment. People who come can enjoy meeting and making friends, access to a bar and have a good old dance."

The first event will be held on Friday, April 3 at Darlington Cricket Club in South Terrace starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm.

Louise said: "We noticed a need for them more in an adult setting. So we set up a party - once in a while."

The pair are looking to arrange further events such as karaoke nights, bingo and fancy dress.

Anyone 18-years-old or above with additional needs can attend the events.

Louise and Rebecca have organised a DJ for the event so that guest can get into the party spirit.

The bar will also be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Louise said: "If people need a carer, carers can come for free otherwise it is £3 entry.

"My sister has additional needs, she's 42, there's not much opportunities for adults. This is how it's come about."

If the evening is a success Rebecca and Louise are hoping to host events every six weeks - possibly at the same venue.

Rebecca and Louise are funding the events themselves - with the small entry fee going towards the DJ and the venue.

Louise said: "We're hoping it will get people out and about. My sister has no friends outside the family. It's something where you can get dressed up and get out of the house."

To find out more visit SENtral Nights Facebook page on @SENtralNights