World Autism Awareness Day – 2nd April 2016

A big thank you to you all for making this year’s World Autism Awareness Day the biggest and best yet, not to mention our first as Autism Together. We had so much going on, raised lots of money but most importantly reached out to more people, raising awareness of autism far and wide.

Lots of buildings lit up blue, including St George’s Hall in Liverpool, lighthouses across Wirral, St Giles Church in Wrexham to name a few. Over 200 people braved the wind and rain along the Mersey coastline and walked 2.5 miles to raise awareness of and income for Autism Together. We kept our spirits up by singing the rain away, and cavorting with pirates en-route, and warmed up with a Bacon Sandwich, courtesy of the Queen’s Royal Hotel in New Brighton. Once warm and rested we were surprised by a group of dancers, all in Autism Together T Shirts, booging to tunes and doing a Flash Mob . The Queen’s Royal had seen dancing and singing the night before at our Blue Ribbon Ball. Supporters, staff and families came together to enjoy good food, entertainment and to support World Autism Awareness Day.  Later on on World Autism Awareness Day we saw our 100 Mile Steer and Stroll Challenge start in Beeston, a collection at Tranmere Rovers FC where we met Rover the mascot, a pamper evening and an autism friendly cinema screening of Zootropolis. And we didn’t finish there, we had cakes sales across all our sites, we had a performathon, art exhibitions, opened by the Mayor no less, an abseil down Leasowe Lighthouse and some of our brave staff team will soon be diving with sharks.

If you would like further information on any of our activities on World autism day or you would like to join in all the fun next year please get in touch here: getyourblueon@autismtogether.co.uk

Raising Awareness – 100 mile walk!

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It’s our final day – find out more here. Our intrepid team of service users and Autism Together Employees are walking 100 miles in one week on and alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, and our narrow boat (The Raby Enterprise), to raise much needed funds for and awareness of the work of Autism Together. Find out more here.

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Performing Arts Department Performathon 2016

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The Performing Arts dept conducted a fantastic celebration of dance, music and drama by our service user group to mark World Autism Awareness Day 2016. The team wanted celebrate the hard work of our respective groups with an open door policy at Giles Shirley Hall for service users and staff alike to enjoy this wonderful experience. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Many thanks must go to all staff involved and especially to our respective service user groups, who as always were absolutely amazing!

Stephen Davis – Service Manager

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Creative Art Exhibition

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Some stunning pieces of artwork on show at the Floral Pavillon, New Brighton created by the talented artists who attend our CVS Department. This exhibition runs until Sunday 10th April.

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Fundraising Walk – Seacombe Ferry to The Queen’s Royal New Brighton

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Our supporters are great! We love them, not only did a couple of hundred turn up on a challenging Saturday morning, they walked with us from Seacombe Ferry to New Brighton – in the rain, to help raise awareness of autism.

Along the way they were entertained by our very own flashmob busting’ moves on the prom!

They were all treated to a tasty bacon butty provided by the team at our faithful supporters at The Queen’s Royal at the end our the walk and despite the inclement weather spirits remained very high.

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Step into work cake sale

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‘Step Into work held a cake sale on Friday 1st April 2016 to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.

Our Cake sale was a great success, we received plenty of donations from both students and parents. The cake sale bought lots of visitors to Tower House from our neighbours from The National Youth Advocacy Service which in turn raised lots of awareness of Autism.

We also had a pyjama day which not only raised some money for Autism Together but was also a fun event enjoyed by all students’.

Well done all – hopefully they saved us some in the fridge!!

Light it up blue

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Terry Usher, our Quality & Development Manager, has sent through some more photos from our fantastic supporters throughout the Northwest who were shining blue lights over the weekend to raise awareness of autism – thank you so much!

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Ladies Pamper Night at Wallasey Village Library

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Organised by Louise Thornton-Mitty this Ladies Pamper Night at Wallasey Village Library on World Autism Awareness Day was a great success and rasied over £200 – thanks to Louise who organised it and to all who attended – we thought you all looked amaze!!!

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The Willows Cake Sale and first birthday!

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Celebrating our first birthday, World Autism Awareness Day, and achieving ‘outstanding’ from CQC at The Willows – great effort guys – on all fronts!

Look down if you dare – Our CEO shares his abseiling advice

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Some of you may know me as Robin Bush CEO of Autism Together, but few of you will realise that prior to discovering Adult Social Care as my vocation, I had a previous life. For many years whilst living in Devon I worked as a Climbing and Caving Instructor as well as serving some time in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

Discover Robin’s tips here

Fundraising tips for you

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Fundraising Pack

Full of great ideas, printable forms and posters this pack gives you all the information you need to get started.

Download our fundraising pack here.

Fundraising tips for schools

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School Fundraising Pack

Full of great ideas, printable forms and posters this pack gives you all the information you need to get started.

Download our Schools Fundraising pack here.

Get Your Blue (wristbands and ribbons) On!

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Show your support for Autism Together and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day by wearing some of our great new merchandise. We have blue ribbons and wristbands to help you to GetYourBlueOn and support Autism Together.  Contact the Fundraising Team to find out more or look out in your local shops.

World Autism Day Sponsored Walk – Seacombe Ferry to The Queen’s Royal

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Come along and join in the walk and help us to raise funds for and awareness of Autism Together this World Autism Awareness Day.  Why not #getyourblueon and dress up for the walk. Join in the sensory activities along the way and reward yourself at the finish with a FREE bacon sandwich.

Register here, it’s essential for this event.

Download our flyer here.

A message from our Chief Executive

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The 2nd April 2016 see us celebrating the 8th International World Autism Awareness Day, at Autism Together we have organised a range of events to mark what is one of the highlights of our year.

World Autism Awareness Day offers us all the opportunity to reflect on what we can do to improve the outcomes for autistic people, not just locally but across the country. To reflect our ambition to widen the scope of the good work that we do Autism Together adopted our new name in October 2015. As an organisation we wanted to communicate the message that whether you were an autistic person, a parent, a professional or a member of the public, who needed support to understand autism, then, together, we would be there.

We have a lot of events planned this year to mark World Autism Awareness Day, we have our Narrow boat Challenge, where a team of staff and service users are walking 100 miles to raise awareness of and much needed funds for Autism Together, and  many, many people are joining in by undertaking challenges such as Shark Dives and an abseil. Details of all our challenges can be found on this website.

We have so many exciting projects coming up in 2016 and we are reaching out to many more individuals and organisations. World Autism Awareness Day is a great way for us to step back, celebrate our current work, look forward to our new projects and above all raise awareness of autism. Please join us and help us to reach out to as many people as possible.

Thank you.

Robin Bush,
Chief Executive – Autism Together

Join in – Get your Glam On!!!

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Ladies Pamper Night

Come and join in with our friends from the About Autism Parent Group on Saturday 2nd April at 6.30 in Wallasey Village Hall and indulge yourself – go on you deserve it! and help us raise awareness of autism.

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The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared
2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight
the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from
the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

Click here to access the main United Nations
page about World Autism Awareness Day.