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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.
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A GROUP that helps support families with autistic children has moved to a new venue.

Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH) used to meet at Springs, at Hartlepool Marina, but has now moved to a new venue, Sweet P’s Garden Centre, in Sarah Street, Hartlepool, for their meetings.

Group members meet every two weeks on a Wednesday morning at the garden centre and the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, between 10am and noon.

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, who is also mum to Tony, 16, and nine-year-old Roxanne, 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.

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.

There is about 15 group members and organisers are encouraging people to go along.

Sharon said: “We have moved to a new venue now and I just wanted to make sure people are aware we have moved and that we are still here to provide help and support.”

Autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates with other people.

It is a spectrum condition so while everyone with autism shares certain difficulties – such as problems with social communication, interaction and imagination – their condition affects them in different ways.

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