Organisations

The Mental Health Forum

We operate in SHSCT area, and offer information, and advice about mental health issues, services, & community supports, and specialise in providing peer-led services and

The Larder

We provide food, support and hope to thousands of people living through financial distress in Inner East Belfast.   Services: Join The Larder and shop

Tullysaran Community Association

As a community organisation we are dedicated and focussed on improving services and facilities for our local community by organising community events and activities.  

Together NI

Dealing with the challenges of today sometimes requires helping hands who bring different perspectives and are willing to go that extra mile. If you are

Mid Ulster Agewell

Mid Ulster Agewell is a local Partnership aimed at improving services for older people in our Community.   Services: Good Morning Telephone call (Free, Confidential

What is Autism NI?

What can I get involved in at Autism NI?

Autism NI have a number of services that operate throughout Northern Ireland including an autism specific Helpline, an Early Intervention service, and training opportunities for family members and professionals. Autism families can get involved by joining one of their 20 Support Groups which operate in local communities across Northern Ireland or support the Charity’s campaigns for better autism services in Northern Ireland.

To support Autism NI’s services, the Charity has a range of different fundraising events that supporters can get involved in, ranging from sponsored walks and treks to skydives. Furthermore, All monies raised for Autism NI will stay in Northern Ireland and will be used to support the Charity’s vital services.

TEXT: Autism families can get involved by joining one of their 20 Support Groups which operate in local communities across Northern Ireland

For young people, what sort of projects do you run and for what ages? What do your youth projects involve?

Autism NI have a number of different projects for young people. Their Girls and Autism Project works with girls (aged 11 -17 years) and their families in the Northern Trust area.  The service aims to remove barriers for autistic girls within the home, school and community environments to support achievement, enjoyment and full participation. 

Autism NI have a Youth Club in the North Coast area for autistic young people aged between 8-17 years old. In addition, Members of the Youth Club have built friendships by playing team games as a larger group and breaking up into smaller groups to do specific activities of their choice.

Autism NI run activities for young people under 18 years old in their Support Group network across Northern Ireland. Young people have the opportunity to attend Summer Schemes, Balanceability courses and a CoderDojo Club.

For adults, what sort of projects for you run and for what ages? What do your adult projects involve?

Autism NI have an Autistic Adults Committee for those over 18. The Committee meets on bi-monthly basis to provide information, knowledge and feedback into the Charity’s services.

Autistic adults can also avail of Autism NI’s services such as the Helpline service, training opportunities and support groups.

Autism NI also encourages autistic adults to apply to become an Autism Ambassador. An Autism Ambassador raises awareness and understanding of autism in local communities and volunteers for the Charity at information stands and events.

Autism Ambassadors become a voice in the community and help build an inclusive society for everyone.

What can I expect from your support services?

Autistic people and their families can expect our services to be informative, bespoke and supportive. The team at Autism NI have great experience, knowledge and understanding of autism families and their needs.

Autism NI wants to ensure that services are available to everyone in the autism community and build a society that is inclusive to all.

If I wanted to get support or join a project, would I have to pay?

All of Autism NI’s projects are funded by different funding bodies.Some of Autism NI’s training opportunities are funded. On the courses that are not funded, there is a small fee for parents and carers.

How do I sign-up to get involved? 

For more information on Autism NI’s services and how to get involved, visit

www.autismni.org or email info@autismni.org

Are there any waitlists?

Due to the increasing demand for Autism NI’s services; on some projects and

services there are waitlists.

Eva Swanston
Author: Eva Swanston

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