Local charity, North East Autism Society (NEAS) launched a competition earlier this month to help showcase the talents of the children, young people and adults who access their services.
The theme was ‘Creative Skills’; this was open to interpretation so individuals submitted artwork, sculptures, poems,stories and even dance routines to showcase their skills. Vision Education sponsored the competition and provided the awards for the winners.
Gavin Bestford, Chairman for the North East Autism Society and Brian Stoker, Head of Adult Care judged the competition. First prize went to Lauren Stephens aged 19 from Crook, who attends the North East Centre for Autism School in Newton Aycliffe.
Christine Dempster, Director of Education at NEAS said; “The creative skills competition is a way to increase participation and provides an opportunity to showcase the talents of our service users across the Society. I am delighted with the enthusiasm and motivation from everyone involved in the project.”
The charity hopes to open the competition to other organisations next year to make it in to a regional event.
For more information about North East Autism Society, visit www.ne-as.org.uk or call 0191 410 9974.


(l-r) Gavin Bestford and Lauren Stephens