Get Your Blue On - World Autism Awareness Day 2016

Help us to raise awareness of autism and raise funds to build two new rooms at our respite facility, The Ferns, by taking part in our events this World Autism Awareness Day. We have something for everyone, from a stroll along a canal to jumping (well nearly) off a building.

Find out more information about all our activities on World Autism Awareness Day here.

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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.

Our talented Service Users are holding a series of Art Exhibitions, everyone is welcome and some of the art work is for sale. Come along and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle and see the world from a different perspective.

Tickets are sure to sell out in our ever popular cinema evenings. Bring the family and enjoy a screening of the new Disney film, Zootopia, at The Light cinema. The screening is autism friendly. Contact Chloe at the Rainbow Resource Centre 0151 666 9960 to find out more

Look out on April 2nd (before and after too) for buildings ‘Lighting Up Blue’ for World Autism Awareness Day. This year we are hoping for a whole host of buildings and monuments, across the region, to light up blue externally to join in with iconic buildings across the globe, to raise awareness of autism.  If you would like to get involved please contact Terry Usher on 0151 334 7510 or use

If you would like to get involved, or if you have an idea then please get in touch on 0151 334 7510 and

What we are raising money for

The Ferns

This unit is truly unique in the North West as there is no other purpose built, autism-specific service of this kind in the North West.

The design features of the respite unit, which were specifically to address the needs of the individual person with autism are as follows:

En-suite facilities to seven bedrooms (encourages personal skills)

Shared dining/lounge (encourages social interaction)

Training kitchen (encourages daily living skills such as cooking and washing up etc.)

Wide corridors (ensures people don’t become overcrowded)

Sensory room (to help alleviate stress in the service user)

Easy-access to the external environment (to help alleviate stress in the service user)

At Autism Together we aim to work with the individual person with autism to soften the effects of their autism by providing an individually tailored programme of support which enhances and develops independent daily living skills.

From our own experience and wider research, specialist and structured support can really make a difference to the life of a person with autism.

Due to the building of the respite Centre, partly as a result of your kind donations, we have been able to provide high quality short stay services for people with autism, and more families have been able to access our services and receive support. This has not only assisted individuals in their personal development, but it has also helped families look to the future and assess their family member’s needs.

The Ferns provides a much needed service to people with autism and their families.

Research has shown that access to high quality respite care for families who have a family member with autism helps maintain family stability and enables those who undertake the caring role 24/7 to have a much needed opportunity to take a well-earned break. Some parents book ahead so they have set cover throughout the year, while others phone up for last minute availability to help them find support for their children during the school holidays for example.

At present, 70+ families use the Respite and Take a Break service.

The different types of support offered at The Ferns are:

Overnight stays

Weekend and longer planned breaks

Emergency and urgent breaks

Half day/full day packages using the facilities at The Ferns

Sessional/School holiday support – for those age 16 upwards