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Highland One-Stop Shop

Our Highland One-Stop Shop for autistic people is a step closer to closure following NHS Highland’s decision not to fund the work to the extent they have done previously.

A Great Little Place is on the move...

Autism Initiatives' social enterprise café A Great Little Place, in Southport, is on the move to the town's prestigious venue The Atkinson.

Ryan Hynd, from Espresso Web, Fundraises for Autism Initiatives!

Huge thanks to Ryan for taking on the Coast to Coast Challenge!

Friends and Family ‘Step Up’ and Fundraise for Newcastle Day Opportunities Service.

Highlighting the importance of community partnerships in delivering services for adults with learning disabilities in the Newcastle area, this month friends and family of Autism Initiatives Newcastle Day Opportunities came together to officially announce the formation of a new fundraising committee.

Popular NI Tourist Town Launches Autism-Friendly Project

Autism Initiatives and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Announce Big Plans for the Region.

Tesco go the Extra mile to Support Local Autism Friendship Group

Children checkout local store to put social skills into practice.

Autism: A Life In Colour launches for the fourth year!

An autistic-led art project from Autism Initiatives Scotland, currently in its 4th year, aimed at encouraging and showcasing the creativity of autistic people in Scotland.

Get your bike fixed – for free!

Mecycle café and bike workshop, in Ainsdale, is taking part in the Big Bike Revival, so dust off that forgotten bike, take it to Mecycle and they’ll make it roadworthy – free of charge.

Autism Initiatives in Wales held a series of successful fundraising events!

Autism Awareness Week in Wales was a huge success raising £916!

Autism Initiatives NI ‘Friendship Group’ Places Snapped Up

10-week Social Skills programme for children with autism announced.

Larne’s Little Mermaid Makes a Splash for Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland!

Young fundraiser kick starts partnership to teach children with autism swimming skills.

Autism Initiatives Scotland Launch A Series Of Events For World Autism Awareness Week!

The team at Autism Initiatives Scotland have a series of community events to raise awareness and provide support!

TV & Radio Interviews ahead of Autism Awareness Week!

Autism Initiatives is in the news again as Managers are interviewed by local Radio and TV about upcoming events!

Newcastle in Co Down has been named as Northern Ireland's first 'autism-friendly' town.

Research by Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland - the charity behind these developments - found that parents and families across the UK and the Republic of Ireland have said they would love to visit an autism-friendly resort, meaning a potentially huge boost for the local economy, as well as better provision for people across Northern Ireland.

Sensory garden opened for guests with autism!

An £8,000 sensory garden, to help people with autism enjoy short breaks at Autism Initiative’s Minshull House, was opened onThursday 16 March by grant funders.

We held our ‘Afternoon Tea for Autism Initiatives’ on Friday 10th March in reception at Head Office.

We gave an open invitation to all the staff at head office to come at lunchtime to have tea and cake to launch the ‘Afternoon Tea for Autism Initiatives’.

Fundraiser In Fleetwood, Soroptimist House!

Join Us For A Fantastic Fundraiser On World Autism Awareness Day - 2nd April 2017!

Valentine’s Raffle - MeCycle Ladies’ Social Group

Love was in the air at Autism Initiatives as we held our first Valentine’s raffle, featuring prizes to help our winners woo their special someone.

Number 6 One Stop Shop - Fundraiser at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival

‘Number 6’ is a brilliant ‘One Stop Shop’ service for young people and adults with Asperger Syndrome run by Autism Initiatives UK in Edinburgh!

True Colours Coffee Morning!

Our Services in Wales organise a Coffee Morning to help raise funds for Childrens Services!

Highland One Stop Shop - February 2017!

The Highland One Stop Shop (HOSS) is a service for adults aged 16 and over with Autism who live in the Highlands.

Valentine’s Raffle - MeCycle Ladies’ Social Group

Love was in the air at Autism Initiatives as we held our first Valentine’s raffle, featuring prizes to help our winners woo their special someone.

Reverse Advent Calendar - Learning & Development

This year to get in the spirit of Christmas Learning and Development hosted a reverse advent calendar to benefit those most in need at this time of year.

Autism Initiatives - Dedicated Boxing Event

Service Manager, Shaun Pike, helped organise a team of boxers from Autism Initiatives and others to take part in a 'White Collar Boxing Event' to help support the new Minshull House Short Breaks Service.

Celebration of Achievement 2016!

Once again Learning and Development welcomed people from all across the organisation to our special evening, where we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our staff and service users.

The Liverpool Santa Dash 2016!

Many thanks to the Smith Brothers for supporting Autism Initiatives to recruit runners for the Liverpool Santa Dash!

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 Catch 22 National Citizen Service Volunteers!

Autism Initiatives was the charity chosen by a group of 15 – 17 year olds from the Catch 22 NCS Volunteers!

Sainsbury’s Nations House Store Support Autism Initiatives!

Sainsbury’s Nations House store in Old Hall Street Liverpool have been collecting donations this year from collection boxes for Kaleidoscope.

Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland Christmas Craft Fair!

Mini- Christmas Craft Fair at Newcastle Day Services! Friday 2nd December 10:30 - 12:30.

Service User, John Lea, does his annual Children in Need Fundraiser!

John Lea Raises money for Children in Need for the 6th year running!

Sam Bradshaw - The Gloves Are On!

Autism Initiatives Staff Member Joins The Team To Fight In The Dedicated Boxing Event!

This month, Autism Initiatives Ireland, announced another success with one of their Service Users being handed keys to a new hom

Dan, a 25 year old man with high functioning autism, and his dog Nero have been living successfully in his own apartment for five years with support from Autism Initiatives and family.

A Great Little Place Win At 'The Ammies'!

A Great Little Place were shortlisted for two awards on Thursday 3rd Southport Ambassador Awards 2016 (The Ammies!)

Westinghouse Staff Fund Swings into Action for Autism

Autism Initiatives would like to thank all the Westinghouse staff based in Preston who have supported the charity via The Springfields Employees Medical Research & Charity Trust Fund.

Northern Ireland Day Opportunities - Craft Fair!

Thanks to everyone who came along to our recent Craft Fair, which raised £960!

Stacey Lawson Ran The Scottish Half Marathon!

Stacey Runs For The Number 6 One Stop Shop Edinburgh and raises £1313

Sarah Crowe does a Sky Dive for the Number 6 One Stop Shop!

£730 raised for the Number 6 One Stop Shop - Edinburgh!

White Collar Boxing Event!

Shaun Pike is organising a White Collar Boxing Fundraising evening to support his Autism Initiatives Minshull House Short Breaks Service.

Autism Initiatives Scotland - Stakeholder Survey

We are always keen to find out how we can improve on our organisation - as an employer and as a service provider.

Community Rail Gala!

Merseyrail invited Autism Initiatives and Autism Ventures to take part in the ‘Community Rail Gala Day’ on Friday 30th September.

Fundraising By Wendy House Nursery!

The Wendy House Nursery, Litherland, raised money for our Peterhouse School!

Merseyrail Bucket Collection Raises £456.78!

We recently held a bucket collection at Merseyrail Central Station in Liverpool City Centre!

Vote for AGLP at the Southport Ambassador Awards 2016!

The Southport Ambassador Awards are back for 2016 and A Great Little Place need your support.

Autism Initiatives Statement in relation to Care Inspectorate Report for Perth Housing Support Service – July 2016

Autism Initiatives Statement in relation to Care Inspectorate Report for Perth Housing Support Service – July 2016

Mr World contestants help launch A Great Little Place pop up café

A Great Little Place were joined by the Mr World hunks for the soft launch of their pop-up coffee shop inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport.

Progression Training & Autism Initiatives!

Progression are very happy to have recently partnered with Autism Initiatives and already have a number of learners including four undertaking their Higher Apprenticeships.

CTS Training’s Outstanding Achievement of Continuous Professional Development Award

We are pleased to announce that CTS Training’s most recent award winner is our very own Shaun Pike.

First Learners to Complete Double Badged Diploma

Unique Personalised Approaches to Apprenticeship Pathways

Autism Project Recognised with University Award

An Inverness College UHI project which supports students with autism has been named as the winner of the 2016 University of the Highlands and Islands Student Support Initiative Award.

Autism Initiatives Statement

News about Scotland's Hermitage Enterprise.

Autism Initiatives Commended at Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2016

IT was the night of all nights in the plush surroundings of Titanic Belfast as companies representing sectors from energy to architecture, finance to pharma, and banks to beer, were lauded at the 10th anniversary Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.

Highland’s Autistic Angel Raises Funds for Albion House

Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 20, Anna Coulson was first introduced to Autism Initiatives One Stop Shop, Albion House, after being referred by her doctor.

MeCycle Earns 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence

Autism Initiaitves’ MeCycle today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

A Great Little Place to open pop up coffee shop in Ramada Plaza Hotel Southport!

Autism Initiatives scheme will create three new part time jobs and six work placement opportunities.

AGLP Wins Gold at the Sammies 2016

Last week, members of our team from A Great Little Place café in Southport travelled to London to attend the British Sandwich Industry Awards 2016.

Radio City 96.7 Coffee Shop Tour Rides Into MeCycle

Today, customers at MeCycle café were treated to an early morning surprise with the arrival of Radio City 96.7 for a live recording of the Leanne & Dave at Breakfast Show - part of the station’s Coffee Shop Tour series.

Radio City Live from MeCycle This Wednesday 13 April!

The MeCycle café and cycle shop on Station Road, Ainsdale is delighted to be hosting a special live broadcast of Radio City 96.7’s breakfast show from 6am on Wednesday 13th April.

Journey's End - Dave Owen's incredible Ultra Marathon

On Saturday 2nd April Dave Owen completed an incredible 55 mile marathon to help support the Number 6 - One Stop Shop!

WAAD 2016 & St Johnstone Football Club!

On Saturday 2nd April, St Johnstone Football Club wore Autism Initiatives t-shirts during their warm up ahead of their derby match against Dundee United!

‘Autism Short Breaks’ give £52,000 in funding in the first round!

Autism Initiatives Scotland have been playing a major role in the ‘Autism Short Breaks’ fund.

Soroptomists join Easter Celebrations to launch family garden hub at Fleetwood

Autism Initiatives Community Resource Team at Farmer Parr's in Fleetwood were delighted to be joined by members of the Soroptomists Blackpool and District branch to celebrate both Easter and the launch of their family garden hub on the 21st March.

Craig Mackenzie creates a Short Story book for the Highland One Stop Shop!

Service User, Craig, has created a wonderful magical story book and is donating the proceeds to the Highland One Stop Shop!

DEL Minister Shines Light on Autism Initiatives’ Commitment to Training at Employee Awards Evening

Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, has congratulated staff at NI Charity Autism Initiatives at an evening ceremony.

Southport Sandwich Designer Reaches Grand Final of the British Sandwich Designer of the Year

The battle to be crowned Sandwich Designer of the Year 2016 moved into its semi-final stage yesterday.

Police Mutual Fund generously donate £500!

Our social enterprise 'The Hermitage' in Scotland Is Supported By The Police Mutual Fund!

Branded Vocational Training and National Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeships are available in more than 170 industries covering over 1500 job roles.

Thank You Lothian Buses Employees’ Charity Fund

Autism Initiatives are delighted to have received a donation of £600 from the Lothian Buses Employees’ Charity Fund

Autism Initiatives' Empowers Young People in Sefton with Launch of Services Showcase

Autism Initiatives has announced the launch of a new range of services to help skill and prepare young adults with Autism for future employment.

National Apprenticeship Week - 9 - 13th March

Start your Career in Health & Social Care Pathways at Autism Initiatives!

Leading Charity, Autism Initiatives, Empowers Adults in Derry & Western Region with Relaunch of Free Autism-Specific Service

Charity, Autism Initiatives, has announced the relaunch of the highly successful and much sought-after Housing Floating Support Service in the Derry and Western Region.

Poet inspired to put pen to paper for dignity

Inspired by the event at Ingot House on Dignity Action Day St Helens poet Sue Norris has written a special poem about dignity.

Autism Initiatives brews a new partnership with Espresso Web

UK Charity, Autism Initiatives are delighted to announce that Middlesbrough digital marketing agency, Espresso Web, have chosen them as their Charity of the Year for 2016.

Ambassadors for Apprenticeships

Autism Initiatives is a learning organisation. This means that we believe it is vital for the people who access our services that we invest heavily in the learning and development of all our employees.

The Dignity Tree Continues to Grow at Ingot House

1st February saw staff and service users from Autism Initiatives celebrate Dignity Action Day at Ingot House in Warrington at a special afternoon Dig-net-Tea event.

Celebrating Apprenticeships and Continual Investment in Training

As a top employer investing in training, Autism Initiatives was delighted to attend a celebration of apprenticeships at 10 Downing Street.

Autism Initiatives Take Action for Dignity

Staff and service users at Autism Initiatives UK are celebrating Dignity Action Day today (February 1st) with a special event at Ingot House in Warrington.

The Highland One Stop Shop Is Shortlisted For Award!

The Team At The One Stop Shop in Scotland Have Been Shortlisted For Outstanding Adult Service In The Autism Professional Awards!

Great News for the ‘Peterhouse School for Children with Autism’!

Peterhouse School gets listed amongst the top 19 schools in Sefton with an Outstanding Rating!

Autism Initiatives NI Launch A Brand New 'Born to Move' Programme!

Health & Activities Start The New Year With A Brand New 'Born to Move' Programme For Young People!

Christmas Jumper Day 2015!

The Learning & Development Team hosted a Christmas Jumper Day in the Head Office!

Autism Initiatives Scotland Receive Funding For Autism: 'Life in Colour'!

The highly acclaimed Autism: Life in Colour project receives funding!

The 'Gallery On The Corner' Closes

Social Enterprise 'The Gallery On The Corner' closes after an amazing 5½ years!

The 'Gallery On The Corner' in Edinburgh Hosts An Exhibition & Auction!

Staff In Autism Initiatives Scotland Got Creative To Help The Ongoing Work Of Their Social Enterprise!

New £100,000 short breaks fund launches for carers of autistic adults in Scotland.

More than 250 families will be given the chance to have an adventure – or simply relax.

Celebrating Achievement in Autism Initiatives!

The Learning and Development team were delighted to welcome staff from all areas of Autism Initiatives to the second annual Celebration of Achievement Evening.

Big Lottery Award for All Supports Cedars Garden Project

Autism Initiatives are delighted to have received a welcome boost in the form of a grant of £9898 from Awards for All, funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland - 'Needs & WANTS survey'!

Autism Initiatives are looking to identify the needs of people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition and their families living in Northern Ireland.

Mark Mullen Wins Southport Ambassador Award for Young Person of the Year!

Mark Mullen who came to work at our social enterprise 'a great little place' as part of our support to work programme wins Southport Ambassador Award for Young Person of the Year.

Autism Initiatives Scotland -Annual Staff Awards

We hosted our annual staff awards to recognise the achievements and service of our staff!

Autism Initiatives awarded £5,335 by BBC Children in Need

Autism Initiatives in North Wales are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £5335 during 2015.

David Coins it in for Charity!

Local coin expert David M. Regan is celebrating raising over £1,000 to help people with autism through the collection of scrap coins and old holiday currency.

Having A Ball! £20,000 raised for Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland & Threshold!

The Bar Library held its annual charity ball on Saturday 3rd October to raise funds for Threshold and Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland!

Last month, supporters ran tough Scottish Half Marathon, raising nearly £1,000 for AI!

Last month, amazing supporters ran the tough and testing Scottish Half Marathon, raising nearly £1,000 for AI!

AI receives £4,937 from Big Lottery Wales for ‘Creating Sensory Spaces Wherever the Places’ project!

AI are delighted to receive a generous donation of £4,937 from the Big Lottery Wales and their ‘Awards for All’ fund for the ‘Creating Sensory Spaces Wherever the Places’ project.

A Great Little Place wins Gold Award at the prestigious Café Life Awards!

Last month, A Great Little Place received the highest recognition from the prestigious Café Life Awards by winning the Gold Award!

Postcard Passion at Gallery on the Corner!

On Friday 25th September, The Gallery on the Corner launched its infamous, fifth annual Postcard Exhibition (‘Postcards From…’) in association with the NHS Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMAFF) 2015.

A Great Little Place, London St, launches its luxurious new coffee lounge with help from The Mayor of Sefton & John Pugh MP!

On Monday 28th September, The Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Stephen Kermode, and John Pugh MP formally cut the ribbon to open the new first floor coffee lounge at A Great Little Place on London Street.

Last week a group from Camelot kindly spent the day donning their Wellies and raising funds for AI’s WeGrowCo project!

On Monday 14th September 2015, a group from Camelot kindly spent the day donning their Wellies and raising funds for AI’s WeGrowCo project!

Clubland to the Theatre!

Supporter Eddie Wallace is putting on his fantastic show, 'Clubland to the Theatre' at the Epstein Theatre to raise funds for AI!

DHL Cycle Southport Fundraiser!

DHL have organised a charity cycle to raise funds for AI!

Swell Times As Rugby Star Paddy Wallace Ditches His Number 12 Jersey To Become Patron of Autism Initiatives!

Paddy and Tina Wallace have recently become the Patrons of Autism Initiatives which is a charity close to their hearts as they have a son with Autism. They are both keen to raise awareness and support for the charity that develops and delivers Autism Specific services.

Timothy Morahan Amazing Success In The Special Olympics!

Timothy Morahan recently took part in the Special Olympics ‘World Games’ in Los Angeles and enjoyed amazing success!

AI invited to special Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony hosted by The Hub: Apprenticeships Work at Liverpool Cathedral!

Last month, staff from AI were invited to a special apprenticeship graduation ceremony hosted by The Hub: Apprenticeships Work at Liverpool Cathedral!

Parent wins inspirational Lifetime Award at Autism Heroes Awards ceremony!

Last month, parent and former Trustee, Sue Askins, won the Lifetime Award at Autism Heroes Awards ceremony!

Local MP digs deep to help repair damage to our Edinburgh garden project!

Last week, the Hermitage Garden was vandalised for a second time this month.

Service users help Scottish Parliament to produce autism friendly guide!

Two of our service users, Seanie and Jack, helped to produce the ‘Guide to the Scottish Parliament for Visitors with Autism’ booklet.

Supporters undergo challenging 26.2 mile Edinburgh Marathon, raising over £5,000 for AI!

At the end of last month, 11 supporters, undertook the gruelling 26.2 mile challenge of the Edinburgh Marathon, raising over £5,000 for AI!

AI wins two awards at highly prestigious British Institute of Learning Disabilities Awards Conference!

Last month, AI won two awards at the highly prestigious British Institute of Learning Disabilities Awards Conference!

I’m Heard Service User Group hold exciting quiz night and disco fundraiser!

Our I’m Heard Service User Group hold exciting fundraiser, raising over £150 for outdoor garden equipment.

AEGON staff generously raise over £500 for Autism Initiatives!

Last month, we were delighted to receive support from a man named Steven Leckie and his colleagues at AEGON.

Supporter Marie-Therese battles through gruelling 26.2 miles in London, raising over £3,000 for AI!

Supporter Marie-Therese Fitzpatrick ran the London Marathon last month, raising over £3,000 for AI services in Northern Ireland.

Service user Kieron organises 80s themed extravaganza to fundraise for AI!

Last month, service user Kieron organised a 80s themed extravaganza, raising over £200 for AI.

Staff member goes to the new lengths to raise funds for Highland One Stop Shop!

Highland One Stop Shop staff member, Jeni Miller, did a sponsored hair cut last month for World Autism Awareness day, raising nearly £300 for the service.

Hermitage Garden receives £1,000 grant from Royal Horticultural Society!

Hermitage Garden receives £1,000 from Royal Horticultural Society to build high raised beds for service users with mobility problems to enable them to grow vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and more recently, cut flowers for sale to a local florist.

Santander donates £3,600 grant to The Haven!

Autism Initiatives has received £3,600 through Santander's Mold Branch to fund equipment for young people with autism who attend The Haven School in Mold, North Wales.

Almond House receives generous donation from Livingston Round Table!

Members of the Livingston Round Table kindly donate £130 to Almond House for sensory room equipment.

Pupils of Peterhouse School receive brand new Lord’s Taverners minibus on World Autism Awareness Day!

Earlier this month, on World Autism Awareness Day, representatives from the Lord’s Taverners presented the pupils of Peterhouse School with a brand new minibus.

Successful Hugh Baird student, Sam Kettyle, celebrates apprenticeship with AI during National Apprenticeship Week last month!

One of Hugh Baird’s most successful apprentices, Sam Kettyle, who undertook an apprenticeship with AI, celebrates his achievements at an event held by Hugh Baird to mark National Apprenticeship Week last month!

Lothian Buses Employees’ Charity Fund Supports No.6 One Stop Shop!

Autism Initiatives are delighted to have received a donation of £600 from the Lothian Buses Employees’ Charity Fund to support the vital work of its No.6 One Stop Shop, which provides support to young people and adults with high functioning autism and Aspergers in Edinburgh.

Autism Initiatives receives £6,000 to deliver its Late Diagnosis Group Programme to remote areas in Scotland!

The Scottish Government has awarded Autism Initiatives £6,000 to deliver the LDG programme to people who are in hard-to-reach areas due to geographic isolation.

Science Fiction: Double Feature Show!

One of our service users will be holding a comedy night for World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) from 7.30-10.30pm at the Banshee Labyrinth Chamber Room, Edinburgh!

Autism: Life in Colour Exhibition 2015!

Following on from our previous successful Autism: Life in Colour exhibition, we will be holding another one at the Gallery on the Corner, previewing on Thursday 2nd April 2015, 6-8pm.

80s Autism Bash!

On Friday 10th April, one of our service users is holding an 80s themed fundraising event in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April.

Supporter Martin Rhall merrily completes the Liverpool Santa Dash, raising over £500 for AI!

Earlier this month, Martin Rhall successfully undertook the Liverpool Santa Dash, raising over £500 for AI!

Fundraising frenzy takes places at Asda Livingston, raising £235 for our West Lothian service!

Last Friday, a fundraising frenzy took place at Asda Livingston, raising a fantastic £235 for our West Lothian service!

AI receives vital support from People’s Postcode Trust!

AI has received a generous grant of £1,980 from People’s Postcode Trust to provide more specialised support for children with autism outside of school hours in Wales.

Service user Viv dances the night away with ceilidh fundraiser success!

Last month, service user Viv began getting everyone in the festive party mood with her ceilidh fundraiser!

Giving Tuesday 2nd December – get involved in the upcoming phenomenon of the #UNselfie for AI!

This year, the UK has fully embraced Giving Tuesday and one of the main themes is the #UNselfie!

New Anglican Bishop of Liverpool visits our very own Peterhouse School ahead of his official installation!

Paul Bayes, the new Anglican Bishop of Liverpool included a trip to Peterhouse in his whistle stop tour of his diocese before his official installation.

Radio City’s Cash for Kids campaign provides generous donation to AI!

Autism Initiatives are delighted to have received a £1,260 grant from Radio City’s Cash for Kids campaign, enabling them to support children with autism in Flintshire.

Join Our New Walking Group!

We are starting a new Walking Group for Adults with Aspergers!

Perth One Stop Shop holds popular fundraising quiz night for second year running, raising over £450!

Earlier this month, our Perth One Stop Shop (after popular demand) held its fundraising quiz night for a second year running!

Autism Initiatives receives highest recognition from Loddon Training and Consultancy!

At the Loddon conference last week, Autism Initiatives gained two awards from the awarding body ‘Loddon Training and Consultancy – PROACT SCIPr UK®.

Halloween Harvest Party Fun!

On Wednesday 29th October, The Hermitage Vegetable Garden held its first Halloween celebration, which was an overwhelming success!

The Sports and Social Club at Jobcentre Plus in Inverness raise an incredible £1,013.00 for our Highland One Stop Shop!

Members of the Riverhouse Sports and Social Club at Jobcentre Plus, Inverness raise a fantastic £1,013.90 for our Highland One Stop Shop!

Supporter Vishal Sahni takes on his ultimate challenge of a lifetime by cycling from London to Paris to raise funds for AI!

Last month, supporter Vishal Sahni, battled through the pain to successfully complete his cycle from London to Paris, raising over £700!

Asda Livingston raise a fantastic £200 through their Community Life Scheme for our West Lothian Service!

Staff and customers at Asda Livingston raise £200 for our West Lothian service!

Supporter Joe Bates bravely battles through the notorious Spartan race to raise funds for AI!

Supporter Joe Bates raised funds for AI last month by bravely battling through the notorious Spartan race!

WeGrow wins highly acclaimed ‘Green Social Enterprise Champion’ award at the prestigious SENTogether Awards!

On Friday 3rd October, WeGrow, amongst fierce competition, won the award for ‘Green Social Enterprise Champion’ at the prestigious Social Enterprise Network Powerful Together Awards 2014 at the stunning Liverpool Town Hall!

Nags Head bowl us over with generous donation!

Autism Initiatives was delighted to receive a donation of £279 from the Nags Head in Thornton following a special Crown Green Bowls event held on the pub’s very own bowling green.

Supporter Steve Brodie braves Tough Mudder for a second year running to raise funds for AI!

Steve is a glutton for punishment, taking part in Tough Mudder 2014 yet again this year, after 2013’s success!

Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival will exhibit pieces from artists represented by the Gallery on the Corner!

Six artists that have been working with our staff at the Gallery on the Corner will have pieces exhibited at the Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival this month!

Earlier this month, supporter Liz Crampton endured the testing Great North Run, raising over £1,000 for AI!

On 7th September 2014, supporter Liz Crampton battled through injury to successfully complete the Great North Run, raising over £1,000 for AI!

AGLP wins Independent Cafe Award

A Great Little Place wins Independent Cafe Award gold standard at the Cafe Life Awards in London

Autism Initiatives NI & The Big Lunch!

Autism Initiatives NI brought families from across Northern Ireland together for a Big Surf & Big Lunch on the beach at Portrush this weekend.

WeGrow Shortlisted

WeGrow shortlisted for Green Social Enterprise of the year 2014 at the Powerful Together Awards

Dare to be great

Autism Initiatives' A Great Little Place and other Autism Ventures By Simon Grant.

Teen Girl Health Awareness Programme!

We are running a new Health Awareness Programme for Teen Girls!

Supporter Cris Kallus triumphs at last weekend's Scottish Half Marathon!

Cris took part in the Scottish Half Marathon last weekend, raising over £500 for Autism Initiatives!

Autism Initiatives NI & The Autumn Cycling Programmes!

We Are Launching Brand New Balanceability Learn to Cycle Programmes! Also this Autumn A 'Cycle with Confidence' session!

Final Gallery on the Corner trainee exhibition set to leave a lasting impression!

‘Impressions’ is the latest exhibition to grace Edinburgh’s art district and features a collection of prints designed by the Gallery’s Creative Trainees, Lee Mylne, Otis Berry, Carole Simonsen, Freya Levy and Calvin McCluskie.

Daredevil supporter David Wilkinson completes epic skydive to raise funds for AI!

Earlier this week, supporter David Wilkinson with his brother in law and another friend successfully completed their incredible challenge, raising over £1,000 for AI!

Aberdeen University students raise an astonishing £2,000 for AI!

Over the last year, the students of Aberdeen University have done an incredible amount of fundraising for AI, raising £2,000!

Bank of Scotland Community Fund - Please Vote For Us!

We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund with the chance of winning £3,000!

Aberdeen Asda Store raises an incredible £1700 for our services in North East Scotland!

Throughout the past 18-24 months, the Aberdeen Asda store has fundraised for Autism Initiative’s services in the local area, raising a fantastic total of £1700.

Calling all Vodafone employees….please choose us as the beneficiary of your ‘Big Bold Challenge’!

Do you, or does anyone you know, work for Vodafone? Well, we've just been told about the Vodafone Big Bold Challenge that is taking place on September 25th for all Vodafone employees to get them more involved in charity fundraising.

Local artist inspires public at the Gallery on the Corner’s latest exhibition!

On Tuesday 5th August, local autistic artist Andrew Gilchrist stunned audiences and keen art collectors in Edinburgh with his latest exhibition at the Gallery on the Corner.

Peterhouse School 40th birthday celebration!

Peterhouse School will be celebrating it's 40th birthday with a celebration on Friday 12th September at Masonic Hall, Duke Street, Southport!

Peterhouse School hits the headlines after receiving its third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ grading from Ofsted!

After a recent visit in July from Ofsted, Peterhouse School was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ grading!

Supporter Dave Sims conquers the incredible l’Etape Du Tour to raise funds for AI!

On Sunday 20th July, supporter Dave Sims completed the l’Etape du Tour on his Raleigh Chopper to raise funds for AI.

West Lothian staff take on challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for a sensory room for their service users!

On Saturday 19th July, 11 members of staff at Autism Initiatives’ West Lothian Service tested themselves to the limit by climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for a much needed sensory room for service users.

#100Cares Challenge, please vote!

We are part of the Justgiving #100cares challenge where we have the chance of winning £1,000!

Service user Viv organises electrifying band night fundraiser!

On Friday 11th July, service user Viv, put on one of Autism Initiatives’ most successful band night fundraisers!

North West Flatcappers’ Longest Day Golf Fundraising Challenge Success!

Last month, supporters Iain Brown, Scott Birchall, Andy Wright and David Hilditch (otherwise known as the North West Flatcappers) completed the Flyde Coast Longest Day Golf Challenge, raising an incredible £2,500 so far for the Hermitage!

Teen Girl Group!

We Are Running A New Team Girl Programme Following It's Popularity Earlier In The Year!

WeGrowCo Summer Fayre

Join WeGrowCo for a great traditional family summer fayre

Cait McDermott wins Supporting Learners in Practice in Health and Social Care award

Our own Cait McDermott wins Supporting Learners in Practice in Health and Social Care award

Sandwich Retailer of the year

You want a sandwich? You can't beat A Great Little Place!

A Great Little Place get through to the final of the Sandwich designer awards

A Great Little Place make the final of the British Sandwich Designer of the Year Awards

It’s World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 and we’re going purple!!!

At Autism Initiatives we make it our business every day to make as many people as possible aware of this invisible condition – you can’t see it and you can’t hear it but without the right support it can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

Supporter Michelle Rawling completes tough Wirral Half Marathon to raise money for Autism Initiatives!

Supporter Michelle Rawling completes tough Wirral Half Marathon to raise money for Autism Initiatives!

Supporter Norrie Miller climbs Ben Nevis on his 79th birthday to raise money for Autism Initiatives!

Supporter Norrie Miller climbs Ben Nevis on his 79th birthday to raise money for Autism Initiatives!

One of our Youngest supporters, Elaine Hutton, Conquered The Junior Great North Run to Raise Funds for Autism Initiatives!

One of our Youngest supporters, Elaine Hutton, Conquered The Junior Great North Run to Raise Funds for Autism Initiatives!

Exciting International Conference Not To Be Missed!

The School of Education at Trinity College Dublin and Aspire (the Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland) are holding the 'Challenging DSM-5' two day conference on the 8th and 9th November.

Vote For Us! Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund!

Autism Initiatives has been nominated for Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund!

Two Great Little Places Scoop Awards

It was a double whammy last night for our 2 social enterprises in Southport, A Great Little Place and A Great Little Place To Go, when they won 2 top awards at the prestigious Southport Ambassador Awards 2013.

Crerar Hotels Trust support Autism Initiatives

We are delighted to announce that The Crerar Hotels Trust have once again supported our work in Scotland.

Nethy Walkers, walk for Autism!

Debbie Purcell’s Nethy Walkers presented Dawn Makinson, Head of Outreach Support Services for Mainstream Education (OSSME) with a cheque for a staggering £1,141.45 last weekend, following their sponsored 5K circuit in April.

AGLP wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

We are delighted to announce that Trip Advisor has just awarded our fabulous café in Southport, A Great Little Place, with their 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

Employer of the Year – that’s us!

Big congratulations to Autism Initiatives’ Learning and Development Team here in Liverpool, who yesterday won the Employer of the Year Award at the Progress to Excellence Education and Training Awards 2013.

'a great little place' Cake decorating competition

a great little place are hosting a Cake decorating competition along with Southport Contemporary Arts

Autism is everyone’s business

That was the key message from the Belfast Autism Steering Group’s Conference as Health Minister Edwin Poots opened the Conference at Belfast Central Mission, to celebrate World Autism Month.

The Nethy Walkers

Sunday morning saw a pretty leaden sky and more than a spattering of rain but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the Nethy Walkers who set of on their 5K circuit from Crosby Marina in aid of Autism Initiatives.

Their loss….our gain!

It’s a very big thank you to Dawn Murray and her members at St Benet’s Slimming World in Netherton who presented a cheque for £120 to Autism Initiatives this week.

Help nominate our team at a great little place

We are nominating the team at our Southport Cafe, a great little place for the Southport Ambassador Awards 2013 for Team of the year and need your help!

Steven Gerrard visits Kaleidoscope

Autism Initiatives staff and service users were thrilled last Thursday to have a VIP visit from their LFC hero Steven Gerrard.

Charity Awareness Day at B&Q In Blackpool

We are delighted to announce that B&Q are hosting an Autism Initiatives Fundraising and Awareness Day at their store on Holyoake Avenue in Blackpool on Wednesday 10th April between 10am and 2pm.

Highland One Stop Shop

The Highland One Stop Shop is officially open

Another Award Nomination for Autism Initiatives

We are delighted to announce that our Learning and Development Department’s team have been deservedly nominated for Progress to Excellence Employer of the Year Award 2013, for supporting our staff through their vocational qualifications.

Results of Dickinson Parker Hill, Will Week

As part of Will Week in November last year, local solicitors Dickinson Parker Hill of Ormskirk generously nominated us as their partner charity. Clients were able to make their will making a donation to us rather than a payment to Dickinson Parker Hill.

Blue badge ‘life line’ could be taken away

A mum of two autistic children has condemned plans by the Government which will make it tougher for her to gain a disabled blue badge.

Autism Initiatives is Second Hand Ltd's Chosen Charity

Autism Initiatives Scotland is Second-Hand Ltd's chosen charity

Masterchef Finalist Jay Tinker supports Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food social enterprise in Southport

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £188,277 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme which we will use to provide locally grown fresh vegetables to people in the communities around Churchtown and Mere Brow.

Why I gave away millions by ‘Steve’

When Dame Stephanie Shirley lost her only child Giles, it could have torn her life apart. Instead, she used the tragedy as a turning point to become one of Britain’s greatest philanthropists.

Dickinson Parker Hill choose Autism Initiatives for their charity of the month

Throughout November Dickinson Parker Hill Solicitors in Ormskirk have generously nominated Autism Initiatives for their Charity Will Month.

ASD Strategic Action Plan for Wales Consultation Event

Autism Initiatives, Autism Cymru and the National Autistic Society are jointly hosting three regional events and we would like to invite you to share your thoughts and ideas.

Money provided for autism services

Councils are to receive more than £1 million to help provide better support for people with autism.

New report highlights innovative approach of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership

A new report by autism charities demonstrated the innovative approaches to improving the lives of people with autism across the North of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What would you call it? - Competition results

Our new Community Resource Centre in Liverpool now has a new name

Paul Barrott Runs For Charity!

Service Coordinator, Paul, Runs For 'The Ulysees Trust'!

Cycle to Paris for Autism

Cycle from London to Paris and raise funds for Autism Initiatives.

New autism support service for Scottish Borders

A support group is launching a new autism support service based in the Borders. It is the first service of its kind in the area.

Service users make their voice heard on social care reform

People with learning disabilities and autism call for control over personal finances, greater independence, and inclusion.

Launch of new Autism Report

Steve Brine hosted the launch of a new report into reform of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities system in Parliament on Wednesday 11th July.

Autism Initiatives fundraising and awareness day

We are pleased to announce that Autism initiatives Bristol Avenue are having a fundraising and awareness day on Wednesday the 25th July.

Dorset starts county-wide support for autism sufferers

Dorset health professionals have developed a strategy to improve support for people suffering with autism across the county.

Canine help for autism

PARENTS of children with autism can learn more about how a canine companion can help overcome challenging behaviour.

Service users welcome the Olympic torch to Crosby

Last week the Olympic torch passed through Crosby and our service users were there to welcome the torch and take part in the parade.

Another great little place to go

Following on from the success of our award winning coffee shop 'a great little place', last week saw the official opening of our newest social enterprise, a sandwich bar in Southport called 'a great little place to go'.

Funding boost for autism in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland: Funding for projects to help individuals with autism and their families has been boosted by £500,000 a year.

Individuals with autism marginalised in job market

An unreasonably high proportion of people with autism are without work and left out in the cold by supported employment programmes, according to a new survey by the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Children with special needs deserve better than a rush to reform

The government's frantic approach to special education threatens vital provision for thousands of children like mine

Autism Self-Directed-Support – Partnership Project in Scotland

Autism Initiatives is working on an innovative project with the National Autistic Society and Scottish Autism to provide an Autism Specific SDS service.

the gallery on the corner & WHALE Arts present an exhibition by smART CRAFT

Later this month the gallery on the corner proudly welcome an exhibition by smART CRAFT - Exploring the art of giving.

Alan Hanna Becomes National Director for Northern Ireland!

Autism Initiatives Welcome Alan's New Role As The National Director!

Chocolate Memories Host Their First Workshop & Birthday Party!

Everyone had a great time as the Chocolate Memories factory was opened to celebrate Katie's 8th Birthday!

Autistic teenager in 'fascinating meeting' with MP at Westminster

A TEENAGER from Torquay has met a government minister to highlight the issue of autism in schools.

CEO of Social Firms UK visits Chocolate Memories!

Michele Rigby, visited Chocolate Memories on her tour of the best social enterprises in the UK!

Autism spectrum conditions and ADHD in adults with intellectual disability: The need for service development

The Royal Society of Medicine host: Autism spectrum conditions and ADHD in adults with intellectual disability: The need for service development.

Sheffield protest over Remploy factory closures

Up to 300 people took part in a protest in Sheffield over the planned closure of factories employing disabled people.

MP Sharma backs jobs for autistic people plan

A CAMPAIGNER is teaming up with Southall's MP to encourage employers to help people with autism.

Service User, Charles, & His 'Green Fingers!'

Service User, Charles, enjoys the Tulips that he planted last Autumn in Pumpkin Pastures!

Crack'n me up

A fundraising night of stand up comedy for Lothian Outreach Service in Edinburgh

Autism Initiatives NI Pay Tribute To John Campbell!

We gathered recently in Malone House, Belfast to pay tribute to the extraordinary contribution that John has made.

Chocolate Memories Organise A Family Fun Day!

Chocolate Memories have organised an amazing Family Fun Day at the Saint Patrick's Trian Centre, Armagh on Easter Monday 9th April from 11am - 5pm!

NI Government Consultation For Autism Strategy.

Read how you can take part in an on-line questionnaire.

World Autism Awareness Day: Spread the Good Word!

The United Nations General Assembly released a statement to mark the fifth World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) - 2 April.

Charity Ball

Autism Initiatives are hosting a charity ball in aid of the Mere Brow Resource Centre on the 9th June 2012

Northern Ireland's Finance Department Encourage Staff To Go Green!

In Order To Reduce The Amount Of Paper Used by Head Office A New Payroll System Is Set Up.

Autism Initiatives NI Walking Group!

The Walking Group Build On The Success Of Last Year With A Great Series Of Walks!

Swing Into Spring

Looking for something for all the family this Easter Holiday? On Sunday 1st April you can Swing into Spring at the Hermitage Golf Course’s Family Golf Day.

Sweetness of the Palma Violets

Jo McGrath and her team The Palma Violets at their 10K run in Palma.

Northern Ireland launch Their Newest Gift Range!

Social Enterprises Chocolate Memories & Pumpkin Pastures Launch Their Mother's Day And Easter Gift Range!

Peterhouse School Spring Ball

Peterhouse School is delighted to announce it will be holding a Spring Ball on Friday 11th May.

Great news for our Number 6 One Stop Shop

More great news for our Number 6 One Stop Shop in Edinburgh who recently received a fantastic £4,500 grant from The Crerar Hotels Trust.

Vantastic news for MeCycle

We are delighted to announce that The People’s Postcode Lottery has donated £7350 to MeCycle, our bike recycling project.

Autism Initiatives Dubford Bag Pack

The team from Autism Initiatives Dubford (Aberdeenshire) are running a number of events as part of World Autism Awareness Day, kicking off with a bag pack at ASDA.

Autism Initiatives Dubford Sponsored Walk

The 2nd April 2012 is World Autism Awareness Day. To celebrate this special occasion we are participating in a sponsored walk!

The Prince's Trust Help Greenvale!

Northern Ireland's Residential Living Service Had Their Garden Improved By Volunteers From The Prince's Trust!

Autism Initiatives NI Run Again At The Belfast Marathon!

Join The Thousands Of Runners As They Run For Charity & Fun On May Day!

Burns supper and ceilidh

Autism Initiatives Scotland is delighted to invite you to our Burns supper and ceilidh on Saturday 25th February from 7pm at Thomas Morton Hall, Edinburgh

Race Night at Hibs Supporters Club Edinburgh

Join our Race Night at the Hibs Supporters Club.

Chocolate Memories Receive Lottery Grant!

Chocolate Memories Received A £10,000 Grant From The Big Lottery Fund 'Awards for All' Programme!

Autism Initiatives NI Are Invited To Opening Of New Social Enterprise!

Autism Initiatives NI and Chocolate Memories Are Invited To Opening Of Heart & Home.

Barry Smyth, Northern Ireland, Raises £360

Service User, Barry, has another fantastic year of fundraising for Children in Need!

Chocolate Memories On The BBC!

Northern Ireland's Amazing Social Enterprise Filmed By The BBC!

Number 6 project scoops £6,275 RBS CommunityForce Award

The Number 6 – One Stop Shop project, based in Edinburgh are celebrating winning a £6,275 RBS CommunityForce award.

Gallery trainee talent hits the headlines.

The Gallery on the Corner’s creative trainee Alan Lucchesi was featured in the Edinburgh Evening News this month.

Survey shows that many services can be made 'Austim - Friendly'

The survey commissioned by thirty six UK autism charities to mark World Autism Awareness Day 2011* has shown that many everyday services can be made more accessible and less daunting for children and adults with autism as a result of quite small changes in the ways the services are provided.