The North East Autism Society (NEAS), Sunderland – the autism charity has recently launched a new family support service. This has been done with the help of the Northern Echo’s Do a Lotto Good campaign.
They report that the charity set up a free Befriending Service in Sunderland after it was awarded £23,625.
NEAS was amongst 14 charities and community projects that won a share of the £250,000.
The new NEAS service will allow young people on the autistic spectrum to go out on excursions and visits with their volunteers.
Nathan Humble, 17 from Sunderland, will be one young person to benefit from the programme.
Jill Early registered home manager of NEAS said that Nathan and his family found themselves isolated as it was difficult for then to go out on trips due to Nathan’s challenging behaviour.
She further adds:
“The befriending scheme will make a significance difference to Nathan’s life and the life of other young people struggling to cope with outside home activities.”