The aim of SPARCS is to support families living with autism and other related conditions in the North East of England. We are a grass root local community support group, we are run by a dedicated committee of volunteers. We work alongside businesses, local authorities, families and other charities/support groups.

To build confidence, develop skills and promote social activities and inclusion in our local communities. We do this by, posting information, events and meet ups via our Facebook group as well as sharing our own experiences, successes and struggles. We form weekly meet ups for our children and young people to have fun with others, socialise whilst playing and taking part in activities. We organise these regular meet ups at various venues in our local communities, where we can go together with our children and young people to make friends and build confidence.

SPARCS believes in caring for the carers too. We offer monthly meet ups where parents and carers can come together in a welcoming, comfortable, safe and friendly environment to socialise without judgement. We run these meet ups to give parents and carers a time to relax and enjoy some time with others who share a similar journey to themselves. We also invite guests/friends of SPARCS along from other local groups or charities to share information about the services and support in our local communities.

Our Vision

A community in which every person is treated with support and respect and has equal access and choices to enable them to participate.

Our Mission

To support, include and empower our families and to improve training services and local understanding of mental health problems.

Our Values

Integrity. We are honest, transparent and ethical

Empowerment. We strive to improve the Special educational needs structure in the north east of England. On a large scale we want to develop better services, choices, support and inclusion

Excellence. By having an outstanding committee who are hands-on and regularly support with SPARCS meet ups.

Community. Stopping isolation and working with others

Independence. We work alongside other groups and local authorities however we remain completely independent and free to stand up for our members where necessary.

Kindness. We listen, we care, we support.

Persistent. We have short and long-term goals. We won’t give up.

© 2017 SPARCS