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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It’s our birthday soon – Jubilee celebrations planned

With a year of Jubilee celebrations set to be launched in January 2017 we take a moment to look back at our history – and reflect on how our charity was first founded …
Autism Concern began in the early nineties, with a small group of parents of children with autism who met regularly to share their experiences and discuss the difficulties they experienced in trying to find suitable services for their children.
At this time, autism was not widely recognised or understood and so the parents decided that they would create a charity that provided services for children with autism – this is where Autism Concern (formerly known as the Northamptonshire Society for Autism (NSA) began.
Brian Dunne, Honorary Vice President of Autism Concern and a founding trustee, said: “The mission of Autism Concern is and has always been to promote the care, treatment and education of children and adults with autism and to secure for them provision that meets their needs. I am proud to have been involved in such a wonderful charity, that provides invaluable and much needed services to those affected by autism.”
Read all about our 25 years of history by clicking HERE.
To become a Jubilee supporter and donate to this essential charity please go to our Just Giving page HERE.
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Join our shopping and wellbeing event at Boots, Northampton

A wellbeing and shopping event is being organised by local charity Autism Concern and the team at Northampton town centre’s Boots – exclusively for people affected by and living with autism.

On Wednesday, 16th November from 6pm to 8pm the Boots Grosvenor Centre store will be opening its doors to people of all ages who are on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers.

The wellbeing event is designed to be an ideal opportunity for families to get their Christmas shopping started early.

Julia Hardcastle, managing director of Autism Concern, added: “Many of our families find Christmas shopping extremely stressful – the noise, the hustle and bustle, the lack of structure, all these things can be very unsettling and even traumatic for people on the autistic spectrum.

“This will be a calm, supportive but also fun evening, packed with activities and demonstrations and the chance for people to find out more about autism and how we as a charity can offer support.”

Lending his support to the event is Michael Ellis MP: “This is an excellent example of a local business and charity joining forces to support and cater for people of all ages on the autistic spectrum, many of whom find shopping a stressful and anxious experience. I congratulate Autism Concern on this carefully designed event which will make Christmas shopping that little bit easier for all members of our community.”

Guests at this exclusive event will be able to enjoy a range of activities including free make up demonstrations and advice on products. There will be advice available on personal hygiene and other teenage topics, pharmacy and medication information and healthy eating and wellbeing guidance.

Autism Concern’s advisors will also be attending the evening and will be available to offer information about the charity and the ways in which they can help those with autism and their families.

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Grow Your Tenner!


Grow Your Tenner 2016 is now live!

DCMS LogoLocal Giving are now matching one-time donations by up to £10 and monthly donations up to £10 a month for the first 3 months.

Thanks to the Office for Civil Society, the total match fund for this year’s Grow Your Tenner is now £345,000! This means each charity will have the chance to benefit from up to £2,500 of match funding: £1,000 from one-time donations and £1,500 from Direct Debits.

Grow Your Tenner has raised over £5 million for local charities and community groups across the UK over the last five years. This year Local Giving will be matching one-time donations made to Localgiving members by up to £10 and regular monthly donations by up to £10 a month for the first three months.

Regular donations are hugely important for small local charities – helping them to stabilise their finances and plan for the future. That’s why this year we’re encouraging more people to set up a Direct Debit to a cause they care about.
Autism Concern – a countywide charity meeting local need with local knowledge.

Active for over 24 years, our services today have a direct impact on hundreds of families throughout the county, we are the voice for autism in Northamptonshire. Our aim is to provide a range of services to support the hands on carers of those with an Autistic Spectrum condition and their families.

Why the community needs us

Autism Concern provides a range of services to support this aim: Information, Advice & Guidance for parents, professionals & those with a diagnosis. Children & Young People services: care, learning, development & social activity programmes for children and young people on the Spectrum giving them a change to learn through play and interaction in a caring environment. Training and Awareness: courses, conference, talks & presentations for parents, carers, professionals & volunteer recruitment.

Our impact on the community

Over 900 contacts from parents, carers and professionals requesting help, advice and information in the last 12 months. 230 families access our Children and Young People Activity Days in the last 12 months.

To Grow your tenner with Autism Concern, please CLICK HERE

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October Half Term Out & About Activities 2016

Here are the scheduled trips for the October Half Term “Out & About” Activities. If you would like to book a space please call 01604 239404 or e-mail

(Your child must already be registered with us and attend our Youth Groups to be eligible to attend our Out & About sessions)

October Half Term Page 1 October Half Term Page 2

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Challenge Of A Lifetime!

Autism Concern are now registered with Global Adventure Challenges so if there is a once in a lifetime challenge that you want to undertake why not register for it through Global Adventure Challenges and raise money for Autism Concern.

Take a look at their website to see what types of challenges you could take part in, where in the world you can travel for that moment that you can never forget and then click on the ‘choose your charity’ button and search for Autism Concern in the directory on the left.

Don’t forget that if high adrenaline isn’t your thing you can raise money for Autism Concern in a huge variety of ways, walks, bake sales, quiz nights, you name it.  If you have an idea that you want to get in touch with Gary by either calling 01604 239404 or email, he can help you out by giving you some marketing materials to help your event.

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Autism Concern Training Programme 2015

Tickets are selling fast for Autism Concern’s training schedule for parents and carers of children and young people on the autism spectrum. The programme will start in The Chantry House, Towcester at the end of September 2015 to December 2015.

Each session is designed to give you an in depth understanding of different aspects of autism and how it can manifest in those on the autism spectrum, your learning can be bespoke to your needs and those of your child with a variety of subjects to choose from all expertly delivered by Target Autism.

Sessions are just £9.50 per person and if you book 5 sessions you will only need to pay for 4 (discount applied before paying) so why not book all 10 sessions for the price of 8 and empower yourself with the knowledge to understand your child/young person.

Tickets are available to buy online here:

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Autism Concern Charity Ball 2015

Autism Concern supporter Debbie Gutteridge is kindly organising Autism Concern’s 2nd Annual Ball which will be held at The Park Inn By Radisson, Northampton on 16th October 2015.

Ball Photo 2015

Get in touch with Debbie either by email or phone to get your tickets before they all sell out!

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