Little Treasures Autism Charity North East

Little Treasures support groups are for families of children with a diagnosis of autism or children who are getting tested. Siblings are also welcome. We are now a registered charity, supporting north east families.

Stay and play sessions

These sessions are all £3 per family.

We have specialist play equipment for the children to access at our stay and play sessions, and a sensory session with bouncy castle and sensory equipment. We offer free courses, trips out, book library, information, support, pamper sessions for parents, bouncy castle and activities within the group for children.

Ferryhill: Second and fourth Saturday every month (closed from July - August) at:

Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute
St Cuthberts Terrace
County Durham
DL17 8PP

Consett: Fourth Saturday of every month from 12 noon - 1.30pm at:

Moorside Social Club
The Grove
County Durham

Great Lumley: Second and fourth Saturday of every month from 11.30am - 1.00pm at:

Front Street
Great Lumley
County Durham

Peterlee at: First Saturday of every month from 1.30 – 3.00pm at:

Oakside Drive
County Durham

Darlington: First Saturday of every month 10.30am – 12 noon at:

Firthmoor and District Community Association

Lanchester: Second Saturday of every month from 11.00am – 1.00pm at:

Lanchester Social Club
1 Newbiggen Lane

West Auckland: third Saturday of the month from 1.00 – 3.00pm at:

Memorial Hall
Darlington Road
Bishop Auckland
DL14 9HT

Washington: Third Saturday every month 10.30am -12 noon at:

Washington Village Community Association
Valley Forge
NE38 7JN

Ushaw Moor: First Saturday every month 10.30am -12 noon at:  

The Hut
Chestnut Grove
Ushaw Moor
DH7 7LJ  

Parent support sessions

Our parent support sessions have speakers come in on different sessions with lots of useful information. These sessions are £2 per parent.

Peterlee: Second Monday of every month from 10.00am - 12 noon.

Oakside Drive
County Durham

Consett: First Thursday every month 1.00 - 3.00pm at:

Tesco Community Room
Genesis Way

Lego session

a session to build on team work, social skills and inclusion, the children work along side each other creating some amazing things with lego in a safe enviroment. these are £2 per family.

Ferryhill: Second saturday of the month from 12.30 - 2.00pm at:

Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute
St Cuthberts Terrace
County Durham

Each group has information tables about whats on in our local areas and information on who can help with schooling, how to put in complaints, how to get second opinions and more!

We also offer goverment funded courses to parents, carers and schools on understanding autism and surrounding co-morbids. We offer workshops for parents on makaton, sex education for children with SEND, our own SEND Christmas parties and more

We also have a Facebook page Little Treasures Autism Group with lots of information on activities going on and instant support from members.

For more information, please email Michelle Abbs or Laura Younger at

Who to contact

Contact name
Michelle Abbs
Contact position
07749 681 130

Other details

Cost description
All stay and play and sensory sessions are £3 per family and parent support session £2 per family.

Membership optional:
£20 per year - this gets you activities for half price so if we charge £10 you £5. You can attend any course we do in any area for free instead of £3. You will receive two newsletters a year, an autism journal and a membership card that you can use in any group.
Referral and availability notes

Unlike some services you don't need to be referred, you can drop in whenever you like. We do close most groups in July and we return in September.


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