Monday 5th December, 2016

Ruth's voice of hope

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Today, in the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area, the potential in many young lives is being stifled.

Romsey Mill helps young people, children and families to learn new skills, we give them safe spaces in which to grow and offer hope for their future.

This December, as part of our Christmas Appeal, we are sharing the voices of some people who are keen speak out about Romsey Mill's impact on young lives as we seek to give hope and unwrap potential.

Read what Ruth has to say:

Ruth’s voice

Ruth co-ordinates Romsey Mill’s Aspire programme, for children and young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs).

70% of children with ASCs experience anxiety, depression and poor mental health.

Ruth says:

“Children and young people with autism spectrum conditions are brave, brilliant, creative, funny and amazing."

"But the challenges they face mean that they need extra support and understanding to reach their potential. Although every person with an ASC is different, there are common traits, including: confusion and misunderstanding when interacting with others, sensory sensitivity and overload, anxiety about new places and things, and isolation."

"At Romsey Mill, we help children and young people with high functioning ASCs at our weekly autism-friendly youth clubs and through one to one mentoring, advocacy and family support. We run 11 groups across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for up to 100 young people, with as many on our waiting lists.”

“Our autism-specific youth clubs are designed and run to provide a safe, supportive, sensory-friendly environment for the young people to be themselves, grow in confidence in who they are, and begin to flourish as young adults who have a unique and essential contribution to make to the world.”


This December, Romsey Mill needs your support to raise vital funds as part of our Christmas Appeal, to help us in our work to provide hope, transformation and second chances for local young lives.

Will you help us give hope and unwrap potential?

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