Building tomorrow, together

Future50 Appeal | Autism Together a pioneering past 1968 - 2018
How we built our organisation, from humble beginnings to an award winning charity
a pioneering past, history of autism together
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The last fifty years have shaped us
The Future 50 will define us
Discover how we arrived at today


We started life in 1968 when a group of forward thinking parents found that there was no support for their children once they left the school system.

They wanted help and care for their loved ones and established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children.

Interview with Cathy Benson

Daughter of our founders, Keith and Helen Benson talks about the legacy of her parent’s vision


After nearly ten years of fundraising the Raby Hall site was bought

for £48, 000 in 1975 and opened to its first residents in 1977.

Building on success

We have continued to support and provide opportunities through our residential, supported living and vocational services

Helen House -1987
The Green - 1993
Laurel Cottage - 1994
Manor Place -1995
The Bungalow - 1995
Kenneth House - 1996
The Lodge - 1998
Church House - 1998
York House - 1999
Allport House - 2002
Giles Shirley Hall - 2002
Nelson's Croft - 2008
The Vicarage - 2016
Chester Road - 2017

But it’s not just the bricks and mortar that make us a success.

The services and dedicated staff teams who run them are pivotal to our organisation.

We asked one of our longest serving members of staff for her thoughts.

Interview with Pat Hood

Our longest serving member of staff discusses the last fifty years and her thoughts for the future.


A selection of the first Wirral Autistic Society in house magazines from the 1990’s

Raby Enterprise

In 1994 ‘Raby Enterprise’ was donated by Cammell Laird (Built by the shipworkers’ apprentices). Our narrowboat allows clients to experience life on the canals of Cheshire.

Our staff team are second to none. We wanted to share with you some of the personalities from the last fifty years.

Thanks for helping make the charity what is is today.

Interview with Joe Kelly, one of our ex-trustees

Ex-trustee and a familiar face at all our events for decades, Joe Kelly tells us about some of his highlights since the start of our charity.



Innovation has been at the core of our philosophy
With the support of business and our community we have continued to strive for a positive future for people on the autistic spectrum
Discover how we arrived at today

Supporting families, a home for life and enriching the community

2010: The Ferns

Our purpose built, short stay facility was constructed to help families with access to much needed temporary support for their loved ones.

2015: The Willows

The home was designed to be a perfect environment for people at the severe end of the autism spectrum: curved, extra-wide corridors reduce claustrophobia, a lowered ceiling minimises echoes, modestly sized communal facilities to encourage socialising and en suite bathrooms ensure privacy.

2016: Port Sunlight River Park

On the banks of the River Mersey, Port Sunlight River Park was transformed from a landfill site by national land management charity the Land Trust and is now managed on a day-to-day basis by Autism Together.

Interview with Mike Hatton, CEO from 1984-2007

One of our former business leaders discusses the huge changes he introduced to our charity and his thoughts about his personal highlights.

More recently we have been trying to change attitudes and help people affected by autism to receive increased acceptance throughout the region

Autism Champions

Raising autism awareness and providing easy to implement strategies for customers on the autistic spectrum. Training for this is delivered by our Autism Training and Advisory Service.

Autism Training and Advisory Service

Offers training, advice and bespoke practice sessions for over 800 staff, within a service accessed by 400+ service users. Together with an intensive, autism-specific induction programme including 25 separate courses, this equips all staff with the high standard of skills required.

More than ever we need your help.

We cannot stop in our mission to help families affected by autism. We are launching our Future 50 appeal on the 22nd March 2018 and would love it if you would be involved.