2023 has been a year of growth for Bristol Autism Support. Our services and the team have grown significantly over the year – we now have 6 employees, having previously relied on freelancers and volunteers.
One of the biggest undertakings of the year has been becoming the Regional Hub for Autism Central, delivering the Peer Education Programme in the South West. This has enabled our team to grow and provide more support to families as well as increasing our impact in a wider area.
Highlights from 2023 include:
- Representing BAS at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in celebration of the King’s Coronation – Lizzie and I were honoured to be invited to join the throngs of volunteers at this prestigious event.
- Supporting our founder, Kate Laine-Toner, in the launch of her book – Where Do I Start? How to Navigate the Emotional Journey of Autism Parenting. We held an event for Kate to promote and sign copies of her book
In 2023 we:
- increased our Facebook membership to 4,009
- directly supported 3,062 people, 852 of which received 1-1 support
- held 212 sessions
Quotes from our Members:
‘Thank you for doing this course it has changed the way I see my child and I now have an understanding of how to help.’– BAS Support Block attendee
‘I feel more empowered through knowledge , less anxious about the future and know that I have somewhere to ask questions when they arise‘ – BAS Member
‘Thank you so much for spending the time talking to me today. I have felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere and couldn’t find a way forward as no one was helping. It’s been really helpful and reassuring, to finally talk to someone who gets it‘ – parent receiving 1-1 support
‘It was just lovely. Felt like I could really relax and my daughters could just be themselves with no judgment.’ – attendee at BAS family event
None of our work would be possible without the generosity of our funding partners and donors. If you know of anyone who may be able to support us, please get in touch.
Find out more about what we have achieved in 2023, the team and our services in the 2023 Annual Report here.