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Big Lottery Boost for Autism Short Breaks Service

Autism Initiatives are delighted to have received a grant of £7,925 from Awards for All England, part of the Big Lottery Fund, to help create a side garden at the Minshull House short breaks service in West Derby Liverpool.

The money will enable us to go ahead with creating ‘Pat’s Garden’ named after our founder Pat Minshull and will include a special decked area including outdoor eating space, BBQ and sensory planting. 

Minshull House’s Manager Shaun Pike said: “We are over the moon to have received this funding from the Big Lottery Fund.  It’s going to be a great transitional area for guests at Minshull House and will create a valuable outdoor space from a currently unusable part of our extensive gardens.”

Minshull House opened in 2016 and has been developed specifically to meet the respite needs of adults with autism, providing short breaks for autistic people and essential respite for families and carers.  We have renovated a former rectory in Merseyside to accommodate this new service which offers a highly structured, autism specific environment and a unique approach to autism respite. 

For more information about autism specific respite at Minshull House or any of Autism Initiatives other services please call 0151 330 9500 or email

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.  It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.  Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.