News Archive

Changing Roles

Dr Tom Berney is changing his role in ESPA. After 25 years as our Consultant Psychiatrist he has taken the decision to retire from clinical practice.  Dr. Lisa Ripon and Dr. Clare Dover have now welcomed Dr. Adi Sharma onto their team. Dr. Adi Sharma is a Psychiatrist of clinical and academic standing who is…

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Push for Action

ESPA was pleased to host the National Autistic Society’s ‘Push for Action’ campaign in partnership with Autism in Mind, a local organisation based in Sunderland supporting families living with autism. On the 22nd November the NAS arrived at The Croft Centre with their big red button that has been fondly named ‘Jenson’. Sunderland is just…

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Sharing Our Knowledge and Expertise

ESPA invests heavily in training its staff to ensure they consistently provide the people we support with outstanding autism-specific and person centred support. We made a decision three years ago to share this training with others so we can make a positive difference to the lives of many other people on the autism spectrum and…

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Keeping People Safe

Keeping people safe and well is central to everything we do as a charity. We consistently receive outstanding feedback from the CQC and safeguarding has been graded as outstanding by OFSTED. This is also something families are consistently telling us that we are doing well. However to support the work we do, and to constantly…

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Amazing Effort!

ESPA would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Ruth Kirby for raising £605.25 on behalf of ESPA by successfully completing the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham on 29th September. With an amazing time of 1hr 51mins and wearing a special ESPA T-shirt, Ruth did us all proud! Ruth’s sister lives in one…

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Degrees of Success

ESPA now offers support to University students

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Our Domiciliary Agency continues to grow

Over the past two years ESPA’s domiciliary, Independent Supported Living and community enablement services have continued to grow especially across the North East. We now provide a diverse range of services to people living in their own tenancies, family home, University halls of Residence and community.

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When Only Heroes Will Do

Peter Corbucci and David Robson show us all what it takes

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A big thank you to…..Craig Byatt

ESPA Research relies purely on donations to fund its work. We recently had a visit from a gentleman called Craig Byatt whose mother contacted us to tell us of the activities Craig had done to raise money for research into autism. Craig is 42-years-old and has autism. He also suffers from depression and anxiety but…

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Croft Centre recognised for its high quality of support

Staff and volunteers from health, social care and voluntary services were presented with Caring for Carers Awards and certificates at the Carers Week Presentation Ceremony on Monday 10th June at the Stadium of Light. The aim of the awards is to give unpaid carers the opportunity to nominate and thank staff who have supported them…

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