As 2020 begins, we take a look back at another busy year for The Autism Group and see how far we have come – with the help of our fantastic young people, families, friends and supporters.
Our Special Interest Clubs have grown to offer places for over 80 young people in ten different groups with at least 2 sessions running every Saturday in the Maidenhead area.
Our offer ranges from our busy GAP club sessions for children aged from nine, an exciting mix of activities at Pokemon, Fusion and Arts and Crafts for teens, right through to our Console Gaming sessions for young adults up the age of 25.
Sessions are run by trained and DBS checked staff including a host of fabulous volunteers who work hard to ensure our club members have the best possible time in a safe, welcoming and well organised group. Feedback such as the following confirms we have many happy customers!
“I liked doing the art and playing on the Wii 😊.”
We have also been delighted to offer 20 free training sessions and home visits throughout the year to parents across East Berkshire, thanks to funding from the local NHS CCG (National Health Service Clinical Commissioning Group).
Parents, grandparents and carers have joined us in sessions looking at communication, sensory issues, anxiety, anger, adolescence and girls, all aimed at learning how to better understand and support their young people on the spectrum. In addition, we have visited more than 100 families in their own homes to listen to their concerns and share strategies aimed at improving communication and well-being.
Here’s what parents have to say about these services:
“pitched and delivered brilliantly” “informative and relatable”” relevant, helpful and witty!”
“The home supporter was amazing! Thank you so much for listening!”
The worker is a great listener and responds with knowledgeable and helpful advice/ideas
Brilliant service. It’s made such a huge difference. Thank you so much!
We have also enjoyed meeting many parents and carers at our relaxed and friendly coffee mornings and support groups where a warm welcome also comes with a cuppa – and cake of course!
All of our work is supported through grants, fundraising and donations of cash and time to help us meet our mission of offering a warm and well -informed response to the needs of local young people on the autism spectrum.
So at the end of another busy year we want to say ‘thank you’ for your support and to wish you and your families the very best over the festive period and look forward to another great year ahead with you all.