Support on hand at autism group

Pictured(left to right) are Sharon Robbins and Janice Neesam of ARGH, Peter Gowland of HVDA, fundraiser Jim Croll and John Hobbs of ARGH.
Pictured(left to right) are Sharon Robbins and Janice Neesam of ARGH, Peter Gowland of HVDA, fundraiser Jim Croll and John Hobbs of ARGH.

A GROUP that helps support families with autistic children is appealing for new members to go along to sessions.

Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH) meet every two weeks on a Wednesday morning and Neil Harrison from Hartlepool Borough Council’s adult and social care team is set to speak at an upcoming meeting.

Mr Harrison will be at the meeting on Wednesday, January 29, to speak to members between10am and noon at the Sweet P’s Garden Centre, in Sarah Street.

ARGH was started by town woman Sharon Robins after her son Lee was eventually diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was three.

She wanted to set up a support group because she admits living with people with autism can be very difficult and puts a lot of pressure on family life.

Sharon said she was in complete denial when Lee, now 14, was diagnosed.

In a bid to help others, Sharon looked to create a new support group for people of all ages called Autism Rights Group Hartlepool.

Sharon said: “We’d like to get as many people as possible along to the sessions and people are always welcome.”

ARGH is aimed at families or carers who look after someone with any form of autism and the aim is to provide information, advice and emotional support.

Autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates with other people and it is a spectrum condition so while everyone with autism shares certain difficulties their condition affects them in different ways.

For more information call Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA) on (01429) 262641.