A warm welcome to the new year – and what a year it’s going to be.
In 1968 a group of forward-thinking parents formed the Wirral Society for Autistic Children.
Fifty years later, in 2018, we’ve got a new name and several hundred more staff, but the original pioneering spirit of our founders remains intact.
This will be a year to celebrate our achievements but also to acknowledge the challenges ahead and strike out, with determination, towards our next half century.
Here are some of our plans – watch this space for more as the year unfolds:
Today – The launch of our Future 50 website. Take a look at Our pioneering past, a section about the rich history of our charity. You may spot some familiar faces.
Thursday 22 March – The launch of our Future 50 appeal to raise funds to re-build Old Raby hall as a high-tech autism assessment and diagnostic centre. This innovative project has global significance and we’re proud that Merseyside is leading the way.
Saturday 24 March – The launch of our Future 50 film, made in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool. We can’t wait to unveil this film to the public. It’ll be on display for a year at the museum.
Friday 30 March – 70s night at the Queen’s Royal, New Brighton
Friday 11 May – The Big Quiz, Heswall Hall
Summer 2018 – The Future 50 Roadshow tours the region, raising awareness and funds
November 23 2018 – Get out the glitter: the Autism’s Got Talent Roadshow arrives at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. We’re proud to be partnering with Anna Kennedy OBE to stage this feel-good family event that’s visiting the North West for the first time.
Help us make 2018 a success
As always (and as it has been for the last fifty years), we achieve fantastic things when we work as a team. Help us make our anniversary year a success by coming up with your own fifty-themed project. Our fundraising and marketing teams are here to support you. We can’t wait to hear your ideas!