North East Autism Society
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The North East Autism Society are seeking support for their latest project, building a North East Centre for Autism to be located at Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham.

The Society is a registered charity and has been operating in the region for the past 30 years. It has three main areas of work.
  • Children’s Services, which comprise education at one of their two schools and residential care, for the age, range of 4-19 years.
  • Adult Services, which comprise education, training, employment and volunteering opportunities 6 centres and residential care from the age of 19 upwards.
  • Community Services, providing community based therapeutic and adventure activities to both of the above services and bought in by local social services departments on a day placement basis. Community services also undertake a lot of work directly with young people and their families providing essential support thereby enabling the young person to remain in the home environment.

The establishment of the new centre will increase the capacity to deliver services across the region. It will provide brand new purpose built facilities that will transform the quality of life of service users and create at least 100 new jobs in the area. Children’s services and community services will occupy the site with adult services using the facilities on a daily basis. Research has shown that early interventions provide for significantly improved outcomes and life chances for people with autism. The Centre will offer a new revenue income stream based on the outcome of undertaking diagnostic assessments in partnership with the PCT and Social Services Departments. This model will be pioneering a new method of diagnosis and assessment that could significant reduce the time taken to formulate assessments. It is hoped to be able to reduce the age of diagnosis in the young from 4 years at present to potentially 2 years of age when behaviours are being performed and set.

To make the Centre a reality £2m or more needs to be raised in the next 2 years from a capital appeal. £750k has already been secured. A commercial mortgage is in place for up to a maximum of £6m. As services move to the new centre existing assets will be sold off to reduce liabilities.

The Society is seeking fundraisers and advocates to help take the project forward from the start of the New Year. They are also keen to meet people who may be able to assist in identifying, providing introductions to and meeting high net worth individuals and significant corporates from within our region. The Society are also targeting grant making trusts and foundations and assistance with introductions to Trustees and fund holders would be highly beneficial. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland have been approached because they are seeking individuals with excellent networks who are keen to support the work of this regional charity and improve the lives of the 200+ profoundly disabled children who could be benefiting from the use of the centre on a daily basis.

Further information can be obtained from Jeff Breen – Capital Appeals Manager
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