Meet Lesley our new Autism Helpline Advisor!

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our newest member of the Autism Concern team, Lesley Lock. Lesley has joined us within our family support team and we are delighted to have her on board! Over to you Lesley…

Hi, I’m Lesley, Autism Concern’s new Autism Helpline Advisor. I’m a mum of two girls of secondary school age, and we live East Northamptonshire (I’ve been trying to move my Hertfordshire-born husband back to Scotland, where I’m from, for the past 20 years – he’s now noticed the gradual move North and we have settled in Northants!) .

I’ve been self-employed for a national parenting charity for the last 12 years, supporting parents who are struggling with life with babies and small children, and I’m looking forward to bringing these skills into my new full time role with Autism Concern.

I’m also passionate about volunteering, and the skills and energy that volunteers can bring to an organisation. My main volunteering role at present is as a school governor for a Junior school, with a special interest in Pupil Premium children – Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year to provide facilities and opportunities to support pupils for whom there may be barriers to learning.

When I’m not working, or acting as a mum taxi to various sports clubs and music gigs, I spend much of my time knitting or crocheting (often in the car, waiting for my girls, or while watching them play sport, much to their embarrassment), or looking at websites for new wool to add to my stash!

Welcome to the team! Lesley and the rest of the team who form the Information, Advice and Guidance Service are available to speak to on the support line (0808 808 9090) and by email on [email protected]

Remember, it is not necessary to have a diagnosis to access our services, which include:

  • Emotional support
  • Behavioural advice
  • Signposting to community services
  • Training and awareness
  • Understanding autism spectrum conditions
  • Support with filling in benefits forms and applications
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