Helping Hands is a parent led charity that is managed by a team of parent volunteers.

Since its formation in 2008 we have grown greatly to ensure that families are supported when they receive diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As parents of children of young people with ASD we have a greater understanding of the challenges and the journey that families face on a daily basis.

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What Our Parents Say

A place where not only are my kids not judged but I am not judged as a parent for their behaviour. We felt welcome from our first visit and it's the first time I have ever been relaxed when they are away as I know they can be themselves.

Kara

A safe happy welcoming place for my son to be himself. A place for me to just breathe and relax knowing he is safe, happy and spending time with people who totally get him.

Leanne

Helping hands means my son gets to be himself doesn’t feel judged and feels accepted for who he is.

Kelly

One big family offering support, acceptance and friendship with others who understand .

Joanne

Helping Hands means friendship and acceptance for who you are.

Sandra

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Being parents ourselves our motivation is being able to plan a positive future for not only our own families but our community too.

We are motivated to raise awareness and acceptance of ASD within the local community by working in partnership with organisations, schools, businesses and other charities to have a greater understanding of the challenges ASD brings to families that they come in contact with.

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“The Autism Resource Centre supported by the Space & Place Programme a Big Lottery supported initiative made possible thanks to National Lottery players is a testament to the power of volunteers who through their lived experience had a passion and a vision to develop a Centre which presented opportunities for children diagnosed with ASD and their families to access a range of new services under one roof which are crucial to enhancing their quality of life.”

“CFNI is confident that the hard work and dedication of Helping Hands Autism Resource Group will be greatly enhanced as a result of this focused Autism Resource Centre and as a result many more children and families will have the quality of their daily lives improved as a result of the Programme's worthy investment in this project.”

Michael Hughes - Space and Place Co-ordinator

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