AP Cymru supports over 100 families affected by autism across the South West. When referred to the charity, families often have little understanding of the help available to them. It can be an incredibly confusing time, and the emotional pressure can be difficult to cope with.
That’s why we’re proud to support the charity’s ‘Family Support Outreach Service’ which offers face-to-face advice, and brings together families within the local community, so they can benefit from peer support and guidance.
This fantastic service makes a huge difference to the lives of many families, such as 38-year-old Claire and her three children who have autism.
Claire told us: “In 2014 my son Jack (now aged 14) contacted the charity via Twitter to tell them he has Asperger’s. I have autism myself and I struggle on a daily basis with my mental health and need support to do things that other parents take for granted, such as the school run, after school clubs and hospital appointments etc.
My three children all have autism and range across the autism spectrum in their severity. AP Cymru supports me during appointments, arranging meetings with the school/hospital, they provide after school activities, holiday clubs, sports activities, cookery lessons plus so much more.”