We need your support to help change lives
A message from Andrew Grainger CEO
The money raised through Walk for Autism helps Autism Initiatives Group deliver a range of services throughout the UK and Ireland:
- homes offering supported living
- residential homes
- community resource centres
- free to access one stop shops
- social enterprises offering work placements
- short breaks services
- Further Education college.
Last year, Walk for Autism took place during the national Coronavirus lockdown. The funds raised by our incredible fundraisers enabled us to react quickly:
- Our One Stop Shops in Inverness, Edinburgh and Perth with coverage across Scotland moved their timetable of free activities online. The demand for 1:1 support increased and social groups went virtual. We provided the IT to support this transition and staff supported the people who use the services to install the technology needed.
- We provided our supported living accommodation in England with laptops and ipads so the residents can keep in touch with their families and friends.
- In Northern Ireland we provided some of the non verbal people who use our services with new methods of communication and sensory items and garden activities to help transition to the new home based routine
Walk for Autism supports projects run by Autism Initiatives Group a registered charity in England and Wales (1170634). A registered charity in Ireland No. CHY17628. Autism Initiatives UK is a registered charity in Scotland - SC040905 in England & Wales - 702632. in Isle of Man - 835 and in Northern Ireland (NIC104641).
A message from our Chief Executive Andrew Grainger.
Your support is helping us
- Understand the sensory needs of autistic children
- Support autistic young people make friends and overcome loneliness
- Help autistic adults develop life skills
- Provide families with the support that they need
The funds from Walk for Autism support projects in the UK and in Ireland.
"We support autistic people of all ages in England in a number of settings working together to improve their quality of life. Recent fundraising income has enabled an increased use of technology to maintain contact with family and friends during these challenging times and the redevelopment of a centre providing safe places for people to build confidence working in small groups and gain independence learning valuable skills for life . We were thrilled with the number of people who fundraised last year and are looking forward to another successful event!”
Kate Silver - National Director for Autism Initiatives England
“Our One Stop Shops, covering Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian, Scottish Borders, Perth and Highland offer free services to almost 4,000 autistic adults. The widest range of support and advice is offered, including support with housing issues, benefits and mental health. We also promote peer-to-peer support and offer opportunities to connect with other autistic people. Money raised from Walk for Autism has been extremely valuable in Scotland and helped us to continue providing these essential services. This was especially needed during Covid-times, where we have had to change the way we deliver many of our activities – from face-to-face to online platforms”.
Catherine Steedman - National Director for Autism Initiatives Scotland
“Our services in South Wales support hundreds of autistic adults in a range of ways including supported living and community outreach, help to gain or retain employment, student support, and specialist benefits advice. We work with people in their communities to be independent and empowered, ensuring that each individual has choice and control over their own service and lives. Money raised from Walk for Autism will help us to continue providing these vital services in Wales as well as to undertake new projects. I encourage as many of you as possible to sign up, show your support and help us to change lives one step at a time. Diolch Yn Fawr”
Gareth Morgan - Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru
“We have a long and proud history of supporting autistic people in NI and fundraised money from Walk for Autism plays an important role in enabling us to consistently deliver over and above what is needed for people we support and their families. Last year’s campaign was a great success despite the lockdowns but I am confident we can improve and show our support and resilience during these challenging times. Thanks for your support.”
Eamonn Slevin - National Director for Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland
“There is an exciting range of projects we are planning to launch in Ireland. Funds raised by Walk for Autism will help us to support people with autism in this region, particularly as a result of the current pandemic, connect with a world that can be lonely or fragmented. Please look out for our posts, like, share and get involved, thank you.”
Ted Bourke – Operational Director, ASDI (Ireland)