ORGANISATIONS interested in providing jobs for people with autism in County Durham can find out about the benefits and the support available at a special conference this Friday.

Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks team is hosting ‘Ausome Enterprise’ at Durham Town Hall from 10am.

Businesses, charities and other not-for-profit organisations are invited to attend the networking event, where they can hear from successful social enterprises already employing or training people with autism.

This includes representatives from Café Beam in Gosforth, which is operated by the charity Smile for Life and provides work experience and training.

Councillor Olwyn Gunn said: “We want to ensure every child in County Durham grows up to reach their potential, which is why it is so important we work with parents, our partners and the business community to create job opportunities for people with autism.”

To register to attend the free event, visit and search for ‘Ausome Enterprise.’ Alternatively, email