Autism East Midlands, the largest autism specific charity to operate in the region, are opening a brand new Family Support Hub Service in Northampton, with the first session being held on the 4th November, 4pm – 7pm.
These Family Support Hub sessions offer a range of activities, which autistic young people can participate in with their families and peers. The sessions provide opportunities for young autistic people to meet one another and develop the skills and confidence they need to build friendships and peer support networks, both within hub sessions and elsewhere.
The new Northampton Family Support Hub will run between 4pm and 7pm on every first Monday of the month and will be located at the Kingsthorpe Baptist Church. There is no charge to attend this hub and all members of the family are welcomed to these sessions.
Autism East Midlands currently run ten Family Support Hubs in the East Midlands with the Northampton Hub being the latest edition to their portfolio. The expansion of the charities network of support hubs will continue to grow to fifteen over the next year due to an award of £264,857 from The National Lottery Community Fund., with the next one to open in Loughborough.
“We’re over the moon to have been awarded this grant,” said Linsey Atkins, Head of Family Support at Autism East Midlands. “Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to create six more family support hubs right across the region, making our hubs more accessible to hundreds of families across the East Midlands. The Family Support Hubs are designed to be safe places for families affected by autism to gather, for autistic young people to establish peer relationships and for their parents and siblings to access advice and form effective support networks.”
The opening of this brand new Family Support Hub grows the work currently carried out by Autism East Midlands in Northamptonshire. Autism East Midlands merged with Autism Concern in January 2018 and continues to provided valuable support to families across Northamptonshire through their children and young people service.
For more information about the charities Family Support Hubs please visit their website: www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk/family-support-hubs
About Autism East Midlands: Autism is a complex, life-long condition which affects the development of communication, social and life skills of around 700,000 people in the UK. However, the autistic spectrum is wide ranging, meaning that no two individuals with autism are the same as it affects everybody differently. With the right structured support, education and care, so much can be done to help both children and adults with autism to live their lives as full and independent as possible. Autism East Midlands, are the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and have been dedicated to supporting people with autism since 1968.