This year saw the launch of our Future 50 appeal and of course Autism Together’s 50th anniversary. The fundraising and marketing team have thoroughly enjoyed every moment and here are some of our highlights
“I loved watching the finale of Autism’s Got Talent. All those fantastic acts on stage made me feel so proud!”
El, communications & marketing officer
“We were rushed off our feet in our pop-up charity shop. We had so many giggles when we found unexpected items and we met lots of new people.”
Chloe, community fundraising officer
“Gung-Ho, a race over an obstacle course, was fantastic to watch. One of our service users took part along with his support worker – and he beat the rest of our team.”
Amy, trusts fundraiser
“At our carol concert at Eaton Hall, the Luminelles and the Riversign Choir gathered around the piano and performed in unison. It was completely spontaneous and a real tear jerker.”
Rick, fundraising manager
We’re all wondering what the next 12 months will bring.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a truly wonderful New Year!
Each day throughout December we have been posting on our Facebook page with our Autism Advent; handy tips and suggestions to help you all have a great time over the festive period. We hope that you have found these useful. We have also produced a special leaflet this year with the 12 tips for an autism-friendly Christmas, which has been available at all our events and given out to the public at Cheshire Oaks.
If you haven’t yet seen this, please follow the link below to our website where you can see all 12 tips for yourself!
Autism’s Got Talent Success
In November we teamed up with Anna Kennedy Online to host the first roadshow of Autism’s Got Talent here in Merseyside! The night was a brilliant success with 19 acts from Merseyside and across the UK gathering together to give guests a night to remember. Read more about the night and check out the photos.
Clayton & Howard’s Spanish Holiday
Read all about Clayton and Howard’s holiday to Spain and how the use of visual information helped them to make their own personal choices and ease anxiety.
Read the full story here.
Cheshire Oaks collections
We are now nearing the end of our adoption with McArthur Glenn Cheshire Oaks; our amazing volunteers have spent the past two months at their 90ft Christmas tree collecting money to go towards our Future 50 appeal.
This has been a brilliant experience and we have embraced the cold to ensure that we raise awareness of autism to everyone we meet. It’s not over yet though!
We are still collecting and will even be there on Boxing Day; please pop down and check out the inside of this fantastic tree with its 20,000 baubles and 100,000 lights – every penny you donate goes straight to our Future 50 appeal.
Volunteer with us
After reading about or attending our lovely events this year, do you fancy helping us out in 2019? We would love to hear from you and value every one of our fantastic volunteers.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Plenty going on in and around Wirral and Liverpool over the next month and all Autism-Friendly! From cinema trips, to visits at the museum, get these dates in your diary.
If you are aware of any other regular autism-friendly events taking place, please get in touch and let us know.
Official LEGOLAND, Windsor – Tuesday 1st May 5-8pm.
Total Sensory Space is now open in the Heartlake City area of LEGOLAND Windsor. This unique space is the first dedicated sensory facility of its kind at a theme park and provides a calming environment for guests with additional needs, who may require a quiet moment away from the excitement of the main park.
To find out more click here.
Morrison’s Supermarket, Quiet Hour – Every Saturday 9-10am.
Morrison’s superstores will be hosting a quiet hour from 9 – 10am. During this time, they will have no stock cages on the shop floor, they will also stop all tannoy announcements and music and ensure the scanners are set to silent on the checkouts and self-scan stations. They’ll even dim the lights. Great effort, Morrison’s, we wish you luck!
Mattel Play, Liverpool – Autism Relaunch 2019! – 4:30-6:30pm (£7 per child with 2 carers for free).
Capacity is limited during these sessions to ensure a calm and relaxed experience for all guests. Mattel Play are also one of Autism Together’s Champions and host monthly sessions. They also run quiet sessions every week-day morning from 9:20 -11:20am. The perfect chance to go with the little ones during term time.
Autism-friendly cinema screenings are great for the whole family, the volume is lowered and the lights are raised, there is also no adverts before the film as it goes straight to feature. Most cinemas offer discounted tickets and all cinemas accept CEA Cards.
Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks – showing Smallfoot on Sunday, 30thDecember at 10:15am.
Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – will be showing Wreck it Ralph 2 on Sunday, 13thJanuary at 10:00am.
FACT Cinema, Liverpool – showing Arthur Christmas on Sunday, 23rdDecember at 11:30am.
Odeon Cinema, Bromborough & Liverpool – will be showing their next screening in January 2019.
Liverpool Empire Theatre– will be showing a relaxed performance of their pantomime Jack and the Bean Stalk on Wednesday, 2ndJanuary at 2:00pm. Please follow the link below to find out more and book your tickets directly with the Empire Theatre.
Cheshire Ice Cream Farm– Will now be hosting regular autism-friendly sessions that will take place on the first Saturday of each month. Their next session will be on Saturday, 1December from 9am – 10am. Families will be able to benefit from a discounted price of £2.50 per child on attractions until 10am.
Floral Pavilion, New Brighton – will be hosting an autism-friendly pantomime on Friday, 4thJanuary at 5:00pm. Ticket can be purchased from the Floral Pavilion website or directly at their box office. More information here.