World Autism Awareness Week March 26th – April 2nd
To mark World Autism Awareness Week, we bring you a review of our activities during the year, along with our thanks for the continued support of our fantastic parents, carers, families and friends – and the amazing young people who are the inspiration for everything we do.
Take a look at our report, and if you can, come along to see us as we celebrate World Autism Awareness Week with a stand in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre in Maidenhead, all day on Thursday March 29th.
- Special Interest Groups
Our weekly Saturday club sessions provide a friendly and supportive environment where friendships have flourished as our young people engage in the activities they love. We now have more than 40 regular club members who often astound us with their unique personalities, knowledge, skills and abilities in Arts and Crafts, Pokemon and Console gaming.
- Training and Home visits
We are delighted to be commissioned by the East Berkshire NHS CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) which enables us to provide free training sessions and a home visit service to parents and carers across the region.
We have delivered more than 20 training sessions so far, with more taking place over the next few months. They include a look at Communication, Sensory Sensitivity, Girls, Managing Emotions, and Adolescence always with a focus on understanding how autism can impact on behaviour – and what we can do to help. Sessions are delivered by qualified trainers who also have children on the spectrum.
Our TAG@Home service has seen us visit over 90 parents and carers in their own homes to look at more specific challenges and help build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a family member.
We also take our training out to the wider community with professional packages delivered to people working in education, health, counselling, care, and to those looking for guest speakers for their groups and clubs.
- Parent support
Tea and cake enjoyed in the company of other parents, grandparents and carers is a good way to take a little time out and has helped us all share in a wealth of experience. We offer drop in sessions alongside our Saturday clubs and we have introduced a new monthly coffee morning and social night at a community owned pub in Maidenhead. Pop in for a cuppa – or a pint at one of our next meet ups.
- Fundraising support
We are part funded by local grants and boost our reserves with fundraising to pour all profits back into running our Saturday clubs. We’ve had fantastic support from teams attending our pig race and quiz nights alongside some spectacular individual efforts from marathon runners, cyclists, and walkers.
In this special World Autism Awareness Week, we want to thank all the amazing young people, parents, grandparents, carers, families, friends and volunteers we have been lucky to meet since we first registered as a charity in 2016.