Life Changing Social Enterprises

Supporting autistic people from teenage to adult to learn work skills in a real business environment, build confidence and take employment opportunities.

"I came from college where I was bullied because I was different and wouldn’t fit in. I was distraught and even had problems with a teacher. When I met new people here, they helped me with new tasks. It’s been really interesting: serving, taking orders, doing deliveries. I gained more confidence and am happier. I fit in here. It has changed my life. I’m really proud to be here.” Mark

Only 32% of autistic adults are in paid employment of any kind compared to 47% of all disabled people and 80% of non-disabled people (NAS 2016). Social Enterprise within Autism Initiatives delivers an exciting range of supported work placements tailored to the individual needs of autistic adults and teenagers within real and established businesses in the North West.

Established in 2010, social enterprise and has delivered over 50,000 hours of support in that time to 85 different people, 30 of which have been supported in to employment and many more into education, training and volunteering.

These services are available to autistic adults and teenagers as part of Alternative Education

“My confidence has improved by being part of Autism Initiatives, it has given me the ability to talk to people, not be so shy, and become independent. I have changed. This has helped me in work and in my personal life." Shane

How it works

After making a successful referral, we meet with every potential candidate to assess their needs and suitability. If everyone is happy to proceed we will work together to develop an autism specific placement for them. This is usually fixed term, can be tailored and supported by fully trained staff who also have additional practice support.


Funding is required to access social enterprise, this can come from Local Authorities, education establishments, or can be self-funded. Please click here to make an enquiry.

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