Press and Media

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Our Media Relations Officer is available to serve members of the media on a variety of different topics.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Disability Rights
  • Children, Families and autism
  • Employment and autism
  • Autism Champions

If you have a question about Autism Together’s services or need an expert spokesperson, please contact Kate McCann, Media Relations Officer on 07528 796400 / 01283 736285 or email: pr@autismtogether.co.uk

Notes to editors

Autism Together  is a multi-award-winning charity and service provider supporting over 400 people on the autism spectrum. Founded in Wirral in 1968 by a group of concerned parents, we now employ over a thousand staff and have operations in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire.

  • We offer specialist services for families and children, residential care, respite care and supported living.
  • We have a garden centre, a park, a farm, a canal boat, a rock-rap band and a choir.
  • Our service users  can learn diverse skills in activities  such as swimming, cycling Autism, trampolining, rock climbing, painting, sculpting and much more.
  • We act as a voice for people on the autism spectrum in the North West and are campaigning for Liverpool to be the UK’s leading autism-friendly city and for ‘mate crime’ (the bullying and manipulation of vulnerable people) to be recognised in law.

Biographies

Members of our senior team are available for interviews and expert opinion. Initial enquiries should be directed to Kate McCann, our Media Relations Officer: 07528 796400 / 01283 736285 or email: pr@autismtogether.co.uk.

Robin Bush

Chief
Executive

Robin has worked within the care sector for over 20 years. He began his career as a support worker at a residential school for children with severe learning disabilities in South Devon. It was during his time at the school, that he developed an interest in autism spectrum conditions, which was to become a feature of his career.

On leaving Devon, he lived and worked on the Isle of Man and was instrumental in developing the first specific services for individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis on the island. Robin returned to England and continued to develop supported living services for adults with a range of complex needs, including those with mental health conditions, severe learning disabilities and physical disabilities.

Robin comes to Autism Together from a private social care provider in Lancashire where he held the position of Managing Director. He has a firm commitment to ensuring continued development of bespoke quality support services.

As a social care professional, Robin has gained a Master’s Degree in Social Services Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Social Services Management and an Advanced Certificate Special Education Autism (Adults). He has been recognised through the Great British Care Awards, reaching the regional finals in 2012 and the National Finals in 2013 for his work in developing person-centred organisations.

Jane Carolan

Deputy CEO and Director of Operations

Cert. HSC (Open), Dip. RSA, Dip. HSC (Open), BA, ME’d

Jane has spent many years working in the Health and Social Care field, starting as a support worker in Lancaster working at Beaumont College (Scope). The college gave Jane a great understanding of personalisation and promotion of skill development for all people who have a disability. Jane went on to work for the Royal College for the Blind in Sevenoaks, again supporting individuals to gain skills to maximise their life potential.

Jane was then appointed as Director of Care at a new school for children with autism and significant communication difficulties. Prior’s Court School, based in Newbury, has since been recognised internationally for its excellent standards of education and care for children with ASC. During her time here Jane gained NVQ Level 5 in Management, a Degree in Health & Social Care and visited South Carolina, USA, gaining Level 2 in TEACCH.

Jane has worked at Autism Together since 2008 and manages residential, supported living, respite, children and families and day services. Jane has supported the organisation during a change in culture and attitude to the way in which Autism Together supports people who have an autistic spectrum condition; promoting visual structure, communication strategies, and underpinning knowledge of autism for the staff team. One of Jane’s latest projects includes giving service users an opportunity to use iPads for communication.

Jane is dedicated to personal development and has completed her Master’s degree in Autism

Rick Myers

Fundraising
Manager

Rick joined Autism Together in February 2007, he is responsible for community fundraising, working with a diverse range of stakeholders from companies and corporations, social societies and associations to individuals and on a diverse range of events.

Notable projects Rick has worked on include events in the splendor of the Long Room at Eaton Hall on the Duke of Westminster’s Estate to the more grass-roots environment of Huyton Shopping Precinct.

Previously, Rick worked as a fundraiser for a number of national charities, including the NSPCC, the YMCA and Tenovus, the Welsh cancer charity.

Yvonne Crowhurst

Head of Autism Training and Advisory Service

In 1986 Yvonne Crowhurst landed a job as a craft instructor with Autism Together. She knew nothing about autism, nor indeed about weaving and machine knitting, which were required skills for the role.  Over the next 25 years Yvonne worked for the society in a wide range of day services roles, working her way up the career ladder.

Three years ago Yvonne was offered the opportunity to found the Autism Training and Advisory Service (ATAS). Its role was to underline Autism Together’s status as a provider of specialist services, to hone this specialism and to ensure staff were trained to give the highest levels of support to service users.  The concept of a dedicated ATAS was pioneering and Autism Together was to lead the way within its sector.

Yvonne and her team of four provide 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.

An electronic induction work programme supporting incoming staff through their probationary period including training content has replaced the former hardcopy system of recording staff induction progress. Staff and their managers access all necessary documentation and information via Sharepoint which is an internal web based platform supporting document management, storage, email, contacts and contact with the internal service information platform (SIP).

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