Autism meeting

Sharon Robins.
Sharon Robins.

A MEETING to help families with autistic children is to be held next month.

The Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH) is a town organisation to help and support parents or carers of children who suffer with autism.

Its founder Sharon Robins has arranged for a number of speakers to come to the event on Wednesday, October 22, at Place in The Park, set within the grounds of Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool.

Representatives from North East Autism, Jan Dobson, from town organisation PATCH, and Paul Thompson from Hartlepool Families First, will each talk at the meeting.

Sharon, 41, who has a 15-year-old son called Lee Robins who has autism, said: “The meeting will be really informative and helpful for people who have children who have been diagnosed with autism.

“That’s what this group is all about.

“It’s devastating news when a child is diagnosed as being autistic.

“We had nowhere to turn at the time.

“We were given the diagnosis and said, there you go, get on with it.

“That’s why I’m trying to keep this group going so that it can be a support for any parents that might need it.”

Sharon, who is also mum to Anthony Robins, 17, and Roxanne robins who suffers with Tourettes, added: “Some people don’t need the support but some people do, and we’re here for those that do.

“It can be extremely stressful coping with a child with autism, and it’s especially stressful for people who have just got the news that their child has it. That’s why I put in the time. It’s very important for people to off-load. We have regular meeting and trips out and spa days.”

The group currently has around 20 members and meets every fortnight at the cafe within Sweet Peas garden centre, in Ladysmith Street.

For further details about the group, or the meeting, telephone Peter Gowland, at Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association, on (01429) 262641.