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Autism Supporters

 
 

We have a number of employees who are trained as Autism Supporters. You can contact them if you require any assistance before, during or after a visit to the Civic Centre. They will:

  • Act as a first point of contact for anyone with autism coming to the Civic Centre
  • Assist anyone with autism with special access arrangements
  • Help arrange a suitable place to meet with council staff
  • Provide advance meeting information in a suitable format (large font, on coloured paper)
  • Meet anyone with autism on the day of visit to direct them to meeting room
  • Help anyone with autism access a quiet room/space if they need to be calm and quiet

Contact any of our Autism supporters:

Elaine Boyes, Development officer (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3851
elaineboyes@gateshead.gov.uk

Jo Ebelewicz, Specialist autism support (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 2939
joebelewicz@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Bird, SEND Team senior officer (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3573
jillbird@gateshead.gov.uk

Jason McAllister, SEND Monitoring Co-ordinator (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3522
jasonmcallister@gateshead.gov.uk

Marie Urwin, SEND officer (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3834
marieurwin@gateshead.gov.uk

Andi Parker, Commissioning officer (Commissioning Service)
0191 433 2346
andiparker@gateshead.gov.uk

Jill Mackin, Occupational therapist assistant & home improvement officer
0191 433 3833
jillmackin@gateshead.gov.uk

David Humble, Connexions personal advisor
0191 433 3217
davidhumble@gateshead.gov.uk

Mel Bainbridge, Social work auxiliary
0191 433 2909
melbainbridge@gateshead.gov.uk

Berni Cowan, Valuing people co-ordinator
0191 433 2395 
bernicowan@gateshead.gov.uk