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This project was awarded £5000 by the OneFamily Foundation. View all winners

Autism Around The Combe

(Cumbria)

Autism Around the Combe was set up to help parents/carers of autistic individual living in our isolated community (40 mins from any specialist autism help) and provide some much needed services. We also plan to make our community more autism friendly and inclusive by providing training for local businesses and individuals.

Our goals:

  • To put in place services that are not provided in our area or are extremely expensive to gain access to. We aim to make autism services available locally and free.
  • To become the first autism friendly community in England. By providing free autism training for local businesses and individuals who would like to know more about autism we hope to make our community more inclusive for autistic individuals.
  • As sensory items like weighted blankets etc are extremely expensive we aim to provide autistic individuals with a sensory library of items that we can loan out so they can identify which items will benefit them before they buy them.
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How we will achieve our goals

The Community Award would help us to provide families with support, training and advice from autism specialist which is difficult to gain in this area. It would also allow us to send several members of our steering group on Picture Exchange Communication System training and starter packs which will allow parents to access these services for free.

Where the money will go

The project will mean that the community will benefit from the skills of many autistic individuals and we hope that the more inclusive our community becomes, the more autistic individuals will gain jobs and housing in the area and not have to live several hours away from family for this to happen.

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  1. Posted on August 30, 2017

    Fantastic idea, so many people will gain from this ??

  2. Posted on August 31, 2017

    Thank you so much for voting, the support we are hoping to provide can often be a lifeline for families in very challenging times xx

  3. Posted on August 31, 2017

    Good Luck ***

  4. Posted on September 2, 2017

    Could do with something like this in Kendal, good luck.??

  5. Posted on September 2, 2017

    Signed and hope you do well.

  6. Posted on September 4, 2017

    A very worthy cause

  7. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Hopefully help and advice will be available for Adults who have Autism/ Aspergers. For Family also x

  8. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Good luck guys ???

  9. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Good Luck with the grant….such a very worthy cause

  10. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Hope you get this,it will make such a difference.?

  11. Posted on September 5, 2017

    There are a lot of autistic children in our area and we could do with a special place for them to exercise and play with toys that are suitable for them, sensory lights and soft toys for them. Weighted blankets that help them feel safe and secure.

  12. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Such a worthy cause. As a mum of a ten year old with autism I fully understand how support from a group like this is vital!

    Well done for all your hard work.

    Keep fighting!

    From Ciara (In a very wet Northern Ireland)***

  13. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Thank you for all the votes xx We hope that eventually everywhere will have something similar to our little group and together we can make the whole of the country a more inclusive place for all autistic individuals xx

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