Our charity has been working hard to support people with autism for over 50 years. Read on to find out about our early days and how we expanded.
Here our Rick tells us about the history of Bromborough pool and our involvement
John Brady refused to pay his rates as he felt like his autistic son was not supported by his local council.
A group of determined parents founded The Wirral Society for Autistic Children
Raby Hall opened to first six residents
We now have over 18 residential properties
Princess Anne officially opens Raby Hall
Our name changes to Wirral Autistic Society
Bromborough Pool Garden Centre was opened. Established in 1992, Bromborough Pool Garden Centre (formerly Raby Hall Garden Centre) provides opportunities for adults with autism as part of Wirral Autistic Society
The garden centre also sells benches and planters made by our woodworking group
‘Raby Enterprise’ is donated by Cammell Laird (built by the ship workers’ apprentices). Our narrowboat allows clients to experience life on the canals of Cheshire
The Enterprise is still regularly used to help people a achieve there ASDAN award
Giles Shirley Hall is named after entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley after her donation to refurbish the property and is used for our theatre and dance classes
The sculpture is called ‘Caring Hands’ by sculpture Charlotte Mayer
The first supported living scheme opens
We are continuing to develop supported living properties to suit a variety of needs
Head office moved to Oak House
Also in 2011 Duchess of Wessex opened the Ferns on the 2nd of March our first respite centre
Port Sunlight River Park opened. It was transformed from a closed landfill site to a 28-hectare park with an array of walkways, wildlife, wildflowers and a wetlands area.
The Land Trust has appointed Autism Together to manage the park and our CVs landscape teams maintains the park
We change our name to Autism Together
Gallagher House art centre opens opened and Hardknott Road woodwork and poetry day centre
Also 2017 We also achieved the Guinness world record for the longest marathon trampolining by a team. The longest marathon trampolining by a team is 25 hours and was achieved by a team of eight staff