Autism NI Summer Scheme Fun!
Autism NI Lisburn Support Group held a fantastic summer scheme for forty two children this week. The children took part in a range of activities including sports, sensory play and arts and crafts.
Anne Hayward, Autism NI Support Group Volunteer said: “The summer scheme ran in the first week of the school holidays - a time that can prove particularly difficult when the structure of school is suddenly removed. Whilst some children with Autism can attend a mainstream summer scheme with minimal supervision, others cannot, and some families rely on the Autism NI summer scheme as their only means to mix with other children during the summer. Positive Futures Family Service work with us to source the many volunteers whom we rely on to provide the high staff to child ratio required for the success of the scheme. She added: “I would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Community Festival Fund provided by Lisburn City Council, the Community Health Development Grant provided by the South Eastern Health Trust, Positive Futures Staff and especially the volunteers who gave freely of their time.
Autism NI works to provide services including a helpline, family support, parent support network, training and education courses. In 2018 there were 1 in 34 pupils attending school with a diagnosis of Autism. All funds raised by Autism NI remain within Northern Ireland as we work to provide life changing services for the 30, 000 people affected by Autism throughout Northern Ireland.
For more information on our Support Group Network across Northern Ireland, please call 028 9040 1729 (Option 1).
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