Thursday 21st September, 2017

New Aspire Group in Mark’s Memory

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New network group to be set up Linton for families of children with autism

A new group for families who have children with autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs) and are in mainstream schools is being set up thanks to a generous donation made in memory of a young Cambridge man who had autism.

Romsey Mill’s Aspire programme provides support to young people with ASCs, and their families. We now run eleven autism-specific clubs, which take place each week, supporting 90 young people aged 11-19 years, and offering respite for their siblings and families,

With more than 100 young people on the waiting list for these groups, Romsey Mill has wanted to establish a means of expanding the level of support we can offer for those families that can not yet access places on our Aspire programme.

The Aspire team’s vision is to establish a programme of monthly community network sessions for families in areas of Cambridgeshire that are not well served.

Later this autumn, the first of these groups will start up in Linton, with the format being a mix of open conversation and networking, prepared discussion and presentations, and advice and support.

This new group has been possible thanks to a generous donation received from the Autistic Support Trust, in memory of Mark Brennan (1962 – 2014) who was autistic and had learning disabilities.Mark’s family know from their experience the vital importance of being able to access suitable expert help and advice.

The Autistic Support Trust also provided a generous donation towards the overall costof a weekend residential this summer for a group of older teenagers who are part of the Aspire programme. Caroline Hudson, Mark's sister, said: "Mark loved going on annual residential trips, and learnt a lot through them. Residential trips were an important highlight of Mark’s year."

For more information, or to enquire about volunteering to help with one of our Aspire groups, contact Ruth Watt, Aspire Co-ordinator, via: