A brand new service will offer life-long support to people with autism in South Shields.
The new 'autism hub', opened by the mayor and mayoress of South Tyneside this month, will offer occupational therapy, mental health help and peer support for people with the condition throughout the area.
Councillors say they're responded to a need created by an above-average number of people with an autism diagnosis in the borough, as parents, carers and those with a diagnosis told the council they needed more local support.
One of those who can't wait to start using the new hub is little Jak Brunton, and his mum Jay.
For Jak, who turns four on Monday, regular sessions at a Toby Henderson Trust centre in Bedlington have been a lifeline, helping him connect with his family and supporting them as they understand his needs.
The Jarrow family travel at least once a week to Northumberland for invaluable one-to-one sessions, so the opening of a hub close to home in South Shields will make a huge difference to their lives.
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By David Stanyer
Live music at the Market Tavern in Bedlington every Tuesday evening from 8pm
* Guest hosts each week
* Pie pea and a pint supper only £5 - Pies supplied from D.J Lynn & Son Buchers
* Vinyl swap shop - bring along your records and swap and sell with others
* Guitar accessories on sale from Fretmarks music (was Dennis Todds music)
Been to see a very interesting person today.
Had a chat on Bedlington and the Furnace.
She has given me a photo of The Last of the Nailers.
She says it is Bedlington and on the back it is dated 1858.
This has got me puzzled as of the date but it is in her families photographs and she aint sure who it is of.
She is getting on in late life now and have to take that into my thinking.
Could this be the Gibson family of Bedlington and a previous family member have written this on the back of the photo ?
I don't know, what do you think. ?
Post something else later as soon as it is scanned. From the elderly lady too.