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Autism Information Hub

The Autism Information Hub is available to anyone with an interest in autism - parents/carers/family members, professionals, practitioners, or individuals with autism, with or without a diagnosis. 

The Autism Information Hub monthly drop-ins offer:

  • an opportunity to speak with a professionally trained autism specialist and seek advice about any concerns you might have
  • guidance on autism assessment and diagnosis in Gateshead
  • access to a wide range of books, information and resources on a variety of autism topics, including training, social events, group activities etc
  • a relaxed refreshment area where visitors can meet people and share experiences 
  • guidance and signposting to appropriate support services and voluntary and charity organisations operating locally
  • free exclusive access to the sensory room for parents and carers attending the drop-in (children must be supervised by an adult at all times in the sensory room)
  • representatives from outside agencies who can advise on the help available from their services

Autism Hub parent support groups

The Autism Information Hub has two spin-off support groups for parents and carers of autistic children and young people. The daytime group meets between 9.30 and 11.30am on the first Friday of each month. The evening support group meets between 6 and 7.30pm on the Friday evening before the monthly drop-in session. Both sessions are at Elgin Children's Centre.

These meetings are not open to professionals and practitioners.

All parents and carers are welcome to join the groups for mutual support and information-sharing about their autism experiences. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children at these meetings. 

For further details please contact karen.thirlaway@blueyonder.co.uk 

Drop-in and support group dates 2021

Day time support group

First Friday of every month, 9.30 to 11.30am.
Friday 1 October
Friday 5 November
Friday 3 December

Hub drop-in

Third Monday of every month, 9.30 to 11.30am.
Monday 13 September - relaunch
Monday 11 October
Monday 8 November
Monday 13 December

Evening support group

Fridays before each Autism Hub drop-in, 6 to 7.30pm.
Friday 8 October
Friday 5 November
Friday 10 December

Free car parking is available for the Autism Information Hub drop-in sessions and support group meetings.

Directions can be found on the Elgin children's centre page.

A guide to claiming Child DLA (Disability Living Allowance) is available, either digitally by emailing karen.thirlaway@blueyonder.co.uk or in person at the Autism Hub drop-ins or support group meetings.

For more information about the Autism Information Hub, contact karen.thirlaway@blueyonder.co.uk or lynne.kilford@gateshead.gov.uk 

The Elgin Centre also has a community cafe, a sensory space, play areas and toy library on site.

Find out more about what's on at The Elgin children's centre.

For more information about services available at the Elgin Centre, contact Elgin Children's Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA, phone 0191 433 6300 or email gatesheadchildrenscentre@gateshead.gov.uk 

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