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

Jo Ebelewicz, Specialist autism support (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 2939

Jill Bird, SEND Team senior officer (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3573

Jason McAllister, SEND Monitoring Co-ordinator (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3522

Marie Urwin, SEND officer (Care, Wellbeing and Learning)
0191 433 3834

Andi Parker, Commissioning officer (Commissioning Service)
0191 433 2346

Jill Mackin, Occupational therapist assistant & home improvement officer
0191 433 3833

David Humble, Connexions personal advisor
0191 433 3217

Mel Bainbridge, Social work auxiliary
0191 433 2909

Berni Cowan, Valuing people co-ordinator
0191 433 2395

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