Clubbing together to keep youngsters entertained

Craig Howey, Melissa Binyon, Fari Farazandeh, Scott Poole and Charlotte Nilsson. Right, Melissa and Scott.
Craig Howey, Melissa Binyon, Fari Farazandeh, Scott Poole and Charlotte Nilsson. Right, Melissa and Scott.

A club is helping youngsters get wise on how to socialise with a dedicated night just for them.

Where It’s At! is a new evening set up especially for those with autism and learning difficulties across South Tyneside.

Where It’s At! offers them the chance to make ne friends, learn new things, be creative and have fun.

Andrew Forster

It is run by AutismAble, a group of qualified tutors and support staff, who specialise in working with those with conditions.

Andrew Forster, one of its founders, said: “The idea came about due to a lack of social opportunities in the area and the group members themselves have come up with everything from the name to devising the activities.

“Where It’s At! offers them the chance to make ne friends, learn new things, be creative and have fun.”

Activities include film making, singing, music, art, fashion, photography, video games, disco, pizza, making, movie night, games, chill out and a chance to chat.

As part of sessions so far, members have made a video to their own version of What I Did for Love by David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande.

The singing group will appear as part of a gig by bands including Kubicek! and Minotaurs, which features Andrew among its members, at The Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday, August 15.

The club is based at the Customs Space in Captain’s Row, South Shields, which is an autism friendly venue.

Its facilities include a music studio, sports pitch, breakout area and main hall and has a pop-up café serving snacks and drinks.

The social evening is open to all aged 16 and over and support carers and parents are welcome to stay if needed. Anyone can become a member of AutismAble and the membership fee is £3 for the year with entrance fee is of £2 per week.

It also runs education courses, sets up work experience placements, gives young people the chance to design games, take up hobbies, runs short breaks and runs event promotions. The organisation will be given a boost with a fundraising day at The Custom Space on Friday, August 7, from 10am.

Entry is free and it will feature a bouncy castle. face painting, football, games, singing, tombola, lucky dip, arts and crafts, entertainment and a cafe.

For more information visit www.autismable.com or call 07935071850.