mASCot - New space for autistic children, young people and their families
mASCot is a Brighton based, voluntary, parent-led organisation supporting families who have children with autism. There are 320 families in the network currently. We run our meets/ activities/therapies from rented or borrowed spaces, we desperately need our own space that can be made completely autism friendly and safe for families to use at any time
- mASCot is in a position to create a completely autism friendly, stress free, designated space that families can bring their children to in the knowledge that they will be coming to a consistently safe, accepting, inclusive environment.
- Having our own space means mASCot is enabled to greatly extend it's programme of support activities, we are no longer having to work around availability/suitability and affordability of hired spaces. We can expand the number of people we can help.
- mASCot will be far more accessible to families for all important face to face contact. People would know where to find us, we would have a known base that families could come to as they need, rather than limited meetings in cafes/public spaces.
How we will achieve our goals
Our partner – Dotties Community Cafe – is supporting us by providing the ideal land space required. All we need is a building! A £5000 award is enough to buy and build a 5m x 4m log cabin structure that can house all of our groups/therapies/workshops. Our own space means that we will be in a position to run more activities and reach more families.
Where the money will go
We’d be enabled to drastically step up the support mASCot can offer. We strengthen our community, providing a desperately needed safe, autism friendly space for families to get together in person, foster connection between our children and create the building blocks for social independence and friendship networks to support their future as adults.