A LOCAL charity recently received an early Christmas present after Ratton ward councillors allocated more than £700 from their devolved budget to help buy new toys and equipment.
Families for Autism runs a Saturday club at Hazel Court School in Larkspur Drive on the second and fourth weekend of the month and a youth club on the first and third weekend at the Eastbourne Academy in Brodrick Road.
Founded by parents, carers and other family members who all have children or young people on the autistic spectrum, weekend activities include cooking, arts and craft, soft play, multi-sensory play, computers, music and indoor sports – all under the supervision of highly trained and experienced staff.
The youth club members also take part in trips bowling, swimming and to the cinema.
Councillor Colin Belsey said, “It is fantastic to know part of our devolved budget is helping Families for Autism.
“The children and young people enjoy the creative opportunities on offer at the club and really thrive on the social and life skills support they receive.
“The care and dedication of the staff is great to see and like my fellow councillors, Sandie Howlett and Colin Murdoch, I’m delighted we chose to allocate funds to such a valuable and deserving local charity.”
Families for Autism now has a new website with lots of helpful information, including pictures of the young people at the club – www.familiesforautism.com
Mark Jones from Families for Autism said, “On behalf of staff, parents and children I would like to say a huge thank you to Colin, Sandie and Colin for their support.
“The devolved budget scheme is great news for a little charity like ours. Being able to provide an autism friendly environment each weekend is great news for the children and their families by giving them valuable respite time.”
For details about the Saturday club or youth club, visit www.familiesforautism.com, call 07908 314102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The councillors are pictured with members of the Families for Autism.