Launching our 25th year Jubilee celebrations

Autism Concern is celebrating its 25th birthday – launching a year of celebrations and fundraising to ensure the charity can continue to support families for decades to come.

Autism Concern owes its beginnings to 1992, when a small group of parents of children with autism started to meet regularly to share their experiences and discuss the difficulties they experienced in trying to find suitable services for their children.

Today our charity offers services for children from five into their teenage years, runs a dedicated support line, play schemes, delivers targeted training for parents, information sessions in libraries, drop-in sessions, supports schools and acts as the voice of the autism community.

Julia Hardcastle, managing director of Autism Concern, added: “Back in the early 1990s autism was not widely recognised or understood and so a small group of parents decided that they would create a charity to change this. That was 25 years ago and today we are a lifeline for families, a resource for professionals and we help to shape policy at the very highest level , working across all parts of Northamptonshire.

“A very happy jubilee birthday to everyone who works for, with and is supported by Autism Concern. Our Jubilee year gives us the perfect opportunity to raise funds and awareness and ensure we deliver our mission which is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.”

To mark our quarter century Autism Concern has launched a new jubilee year fundraising campaign and, aiming to raise £25,000 in its 25th year, has established three levels of giving:

  • Platinum Jubilee donor: £2,500 a year or £220 a month via Direct Debit
  • Gold Jubilee donor: £1,200 a year or £100 a month via Direct Debit
  • Silver Jubilee donor: £300 a year or £25 a month via Direct Debit

Lending his support to the event is Michael Ellis MP: “Autism Concern has done and continues to do excellent work helping children and young people affected by autism in Northamptonshire.

“The support that they have provided over the past 25 years has been hugely helpful to parents and carers alike. There are many thousands of people over the past quarter of a century who have been supported, and society is so much better informed as a result of Autism Concern’s work. I would like to thank them for all they do and wish them all the very best for their next quarter of a century supporting those affected by autism in this country.”

There are lots of ways you can get involved in Autism Concern’s Jubilee year:

  • Follow the charity on Twitter or Facebook and post a happy birthday message of support
  • Check out the charity’s website, where regular stories about families supported by the charity, will be posted.
  • Become a jubilee donor and support this charity during its 25th year.

To become a Jubilee Donor please download our levels of giving document by clicking here: Jubilee year – levels of giving

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