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An Interview with our volunteer Beth!

4th June 2024

Beth enjoys volunteering at Autism West Midlands

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A Day in the Life of a Support Worker!

5th April 2024

Sally has worked at Oakfield Road for 21 years, and still loves it!

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AAW Introduction from our CEO

2nd April 2024

We're kicking things off with a message from our CEO, Tom!

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Sandwell Support Group for Autistic Adults

20th March 2024

Join our Sandwell support group for autistic adults, a safe space where you can build friendships and learn more about autism

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WAAW Social Media Toolkit

6th March 2024

Help us spread the word about World Autism Acceptance Week with our promo images designed for Social media!

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World Autism Acceptance Week 2024

5th March 2024

Our biggest fundraising campaign is back for another year!

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Walsall Befriending Service

27th February 2024

Walsall Befriending Service

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Vaccine Uptake Focus Group

20th February 2024

We would like to hear from autistic adults and parent/carers of autistic children & adults about their experience of access and uptake to vaccinations

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Karen’s Fundraiser for Autism West Midlands

15th November 2023

Karen's Fundraiser

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Information Advice and Guidance Services for People with Learning Difficulties and/or Autism

10th November 2023

Autism West Midlands are working in partnership with Birmingham Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to provide citywide information, advice, and guidance.

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Autism helpline given £30,000 cash injection

12th September 2023

A TELEPHONE helpline for autistic people across Solihull and Birmingham has been given a cash boost.

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An Interview About Late Diagnosis and Being Autistic with Jon Pitt, CEO of Crystal HR and Payroll

31st March 2023

Crystal HR and Payroll have chosen us as their Charity of the Year.

The CEO, Jon, spoke to us in detail about being autistic and autism acceptance at their first fundraising and awareness coffee morning.

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Welcome to our new CEO, Tom Harrison!

2nd March 2023

Welcome to our new CEO, Tom Harrison!

Find out more about Tom below as he begins his journey with Autism West Midlands.

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Our Upcoming Events and Support Services

21st February 2023

You can find a list of all of our upcoming events, support sessions, training opportunities, support groups and more!

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Raven’s New Book!

6th February 2023

Meet Raven- author and illustrator of a new children's book!

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Co-production in Autism West Midlands

16th August 2022

Here at Autism West Midlands ensuring the views of autistic individuals and the autistic community are heard is vital to the development of our programmes and courses...

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Teens Autism Confident Evaluation

7th June 2022

During 2019-22 Autism West Midlands was one of 23 organisations across England who received funding from the Health and Wellbeing Fund...

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Interview with Becky – Registered Care Manager

14th January 2022

In November we met with Becky, who’s the Registered Manager for our residential service, Upper Ford Lodge. She had so much to tell us about her eleven years with Autism West Midlands and why social care is such an important job.

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Dr Arora and the team at the GP surgery

Thanks so much to Dr Arora’s GP surgery!

8th December 2021

Dr Arora's GP surgery in West Bromwich held an Autism Awareness day and also kindly raised over £300 for the operation of our Community Services...

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Our Frontline Telephone Helpline Service

25th October 2021

Our very popular and important helpline service is fully funded through our fundraising activities, here is an interview with Sally, an Autism Specialist Advisor, who helps to explain how the service can help and what the role is like for her.

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Autumn Autism Online Conference 2021

12th August 2021

Autumn Autism Online Conference - Tues 5th and Wednesday 6th October 2021
Autism West Midlands are delighted to bring you our second on-line conference.

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Cycling in Aid of Us – Thanks So Much John and Lloyd!

6th July 2021

"Legs are finally starting to feel normal now…but the ride was really good, motivated massively by the sponsorship support we received."

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An Interview with Tom Greenhall – Registered Care Manager

1st April 2021

Tom is the Residential Care Manager at one of our Supported Living Centres...

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Message from the CEO of Autism West Midlands, Phil Middlewood

This Autism Awareness Week it is important that we continue to raise the profile of Autism within our local communities so that Autistic people are given the same opportunities as everyone else...

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‘The Importance of Diagnosis’ – Dr Ashok Roy

31st March 2021

A conversation with Dr Ashok Roy - Chartered Psychologist

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‘The Importance of Diagnosis’ – Dr Glenys Jones

A conversation with Dr Glenys Jones -Chartered Psychologist

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An interview with Nathias ‘Notorious’ Frederick: Local MMA World Champion on achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams!

We recently spoke to local World MMA Champion Nathias “Notorious” Frederick about his autism diagnosis and how he overcame his struggles to become a world class sportsman.

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2020- What a year it has been!

29th March 2021

A reflection on the past year from our Community Services team.

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‘Reflections for our younger selves’

Written by the Mums who attend our Spectrum Support Group, this piece reflects back on support that many wish was in place when they younger themselves to help them with their own autistic journey.

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Lockdown – My experience – ‘Amy’

25th February 2021

We have been particularly interested to find out if people have any tips they can share that may help others during these strange and often difficult times and we hope that you might find these useful!

Next up in the series is Amy.

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In memory of Gerald Price 1927-2020

5th February 2021

We would like to take a moment to remember a dear friend of Autism West Midlands, Gerald Price, who sadly passed away in December.

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Scotty and Liam 'fist bumping' and smiling

Scotty Sings in Aid Of Us!

20th January 2021

Scotty Sings in Aid of Us on YouTube and raises amazing donations on their Go Fund Me page!

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New Alert Card for Autistic People Launched!

17th November 2020

We are launching our new Alert Card for autistic people over 13, supported by West Midlands regional polices forces.

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We are Charity of the year for the Infinity Stage Company at the University of Birmingham

9th November 2020

We have been chosen this year to fundraise for by the University of Birmingham's drama society the Infinity Stage Company, thanks so much! Updated on 9th November

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A fundraiser on Mount Snowdon

Climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales in Aid of Autism West Midlands

23rd September 2020

Harry and team, accompanied by their dog, raise a fantastic £1355 for Autism West Midlands by climbing Mount Snowdon!

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New Service for West Midlands Families

12th August 2020

Autism West Midlands are now a support provider as part of the Barnardo's/DFE 'See, Hear, Respond' service.

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Lockdown inspired fundraising

13th July 2020

Esti is making face masks and raising money for us!
This story has been updated - 13th August 2020

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Returning to school after lockdown

6th July 2020

After such a long period away from school, this is going to be a difficult transition for all. Read our Returning to school information and guidance.

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Lockdown: A Residential Care Home Manager’s Experience

24th June 2020

It was an incredibly challenging time for many when the country went into lockdown just over three months ago, even more so for our frontline workers who had to leave the safety of their own homes to provide support in our residential care homes.

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Coronavirus Appeal

21st May 2020

As a charity we have had to react quickly so we can be here at a time that is challenging for everyone. Our Autism West Midlands Helpline remains available for anyone who is West Midlands based, with extended opening hours at this time. We have adapt

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Message from Phil Middlewood, CEO

7th April 2020

Everyone in social care has an enormous challenge on their hands, however our staff are incredible at finding a way through. Phil Middlewood, CEO would like to thank all of the Autism West Midlands team.

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Birmingham Pre & Post diagnosis service

25th March 2020

We're still here!

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Covid19 Statement

19th March 2020

As a provider of 24 hour care and support services, as well as family and community based support we are working around to the clock to ensure that we can continue to provide our support to keep people safe and well.

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Coronavirus Update

18th March 2020

Following Government advice about the Coronavirus we have made some difficult decisions about our activities over the coming weeks. Our priority is to join others to tackle the spread of the virus, protect the most vulnerable members of our community

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New Programme Launch for Teenagers

9th January 2020

The teenage years can be a difficult time for all young people. This new Autism West Midlands programme is funded by the Health and Wellbeing Fund and is one of 23 projects across England to help improve the mental health of young people.

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World Autism Awareness Week 30 March – 5 April 2020

World Autism Awareness Week is back! Celebrate World Autism Awareness Week between 30 March – 5 April with Autism West Midlands. We will be working hard to raise awareness and vital funds during World Autism Awareness Week.

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Thank you

18th December 2019

As the year draws to a close I would like to thank every person and company that has chosen to donate and fundraise for us over the last twelve months.

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Supporting Local Families

24th October 2019

A diagnosis of autism can leave a family with more questions than answers. Autism West Midlands support these families through the tough times.

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Festive Sock Day Christmas Campaign

21st October 2019

On Friday 6th December we will be holding our third Festive Sock Day and will be asking you to kindly pull on your festive socks to help raise awareness and vital funds to help enrich the lives of autistic people and those who love and care for them.

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30 Years for Oakfield House

30th September 2019

The Oakfield House Fete this year celebrated 30 years of the home being open. Autism West Midlands also celebrates 30 years of having Eve and Sue managing the home!

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New Director of Operations

16th September 2019

Last month we welcomed a new member to our Senior Management Team. Carole Knowles joined Autism West Midlands as the new Director of Operations and we are delighted to have her on board!

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Autism West Midlands at the Seaside Tea Party

8th July 2019

On Friday 5th July, Autism West Midlands held another successful themed tea party at Row Heath Pavilion, Bourneville, Birmingham.

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New Supported Living Scheme – The Burrows Opens

19th June 2019

On Wednesday 19th June, Autism West Midlands in partnership with Fortis Living - part of Platform Housing Group and Worcestershire County Council celebrated the opening of a new supported living scheme for autistic adults and adults.

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Head Office Relocation

9th May 2019

****Important Message Head Office Relocation****

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autism show 2019

8th April 2019

Autism West Midlands are exhibiting at this year’s autism show in Birmingham on 21-22 June, NEC, Birmingham. There will also have the opportunity to book on to an Autism West Midlands clinic on autism & anxiety in children and young people.

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Know you Rights Campaign

Launch of the autism alliance Know your Rights Campaign!

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World Autism Awareness Day 2019

3rd April 2019

Tuesday 2nd April was World Autism Awareness Day and Autism West Midlands had a fantastic day celebrating with channel 4’s Autistic Gardner (Alan Gardner) and pupils at Priestley Smith Primary School based in Birmingham.

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Rebecca Gossage

New Registered Manager at The Burrows.

12th March 2019

Autism West Midlands are very pleased to welcome Rebecca Gossage who has joined our team as the new Registered Care Manager at The Burrows – Supported Living.

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World Autism Awareness Month

12th February 2019

April is World Autism Awareness Month and we can’t wait to celebrate! Autism West Midlands will be working hard to raise awareness and vital funds during World Autism Awareness Day, Week and Month!

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Just to say thank you

17th December 2018

We couldn’t do what we do without your support… We wanted to say thank you for supporting us over the last 12 months.

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Update on New Supported Living Scheme The Burrows

5th December 2018

With building work on The Burrows nearing structural completion, we thought we would share with you an update on the project so far...

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HomeServe Fundraising

31st October 2018

HomeServe UK in Walsall have been fundraising for us as their 'Charity of the Year'!

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New Supported Living Scheme – The Burrows (Droitwich)

19th September 2018

Autism West Midlands are currently working with Fortis Living and Worcestershire County Council to develop an exciting new supported living scheme for people with Autism and complex needs in the Droitwich area.

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Hatter’s Tea Party Autism West Midlands

26th July 2018

Autism West Midlands recently held a theme based tea party at Row Heath Pavilion, Bourneville, Birmingham. Attended by staff, families and residents from the charity’s care homes.

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Wedding Fundraising

Wedding Day Fundraising

17th July 2018

Georgina offered to fundraise for us at her wedding instead of receiving wedding gifts. Georgina raised well over £500 on her special day, we would like to say a huge thank you to her and her wedding guests!

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Walsall Befriending Group

Autism West Midlands Walsall Befriending Group visits Birmingham Botanical Gardens

3rd July 2018

Last month our Walsall Befriending group visited the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. The group had a fantastic time and learnt all about the different plants and wildlife.

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autism matters Summer 2018

19th June 2018

Our new edition of autism matters magazine is out today! Become a supporter to receive your free copy.

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Telford Autism Hub

Telford Autism Hub

17th May 2018

Telford Autism Hub is a partnership between Telford and Wrekin CVS and Autism West Midlands, and is funded by Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group.

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the autism show 2018

2nd May 2018

Autism West Midlands are exhibiting at this year’s autism show in Birmingham on 22-23 June, NEC, Birmingham.

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April is World Autism Awareness Month!

26th March 2018

World Autism Awareness Month is here and we’re on a mission to raise as much awareness, and as many funds as we can in order to be able to support people who are affected by autism.

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Running for Autism Awareness

19th March 2018

We were recently contacted by a young man with autism, Phil, who is running the Birmingham 10k fundraising for us.

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World Autism Awareness Month

26th January 2018

April is World Autism Awareness Month, help us to raise awareness of autism and join in on our annual Silly Sock Day, 2018! Your local autism charity needs your support.

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Exciting New Website Launch

18th December 2017

Autism West Midlands have been working extremely hard alongside digital design agency REDBOT, developing and redesigning our new look website.

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Festive Socks

16th November 2017

The Festive Sock Season is Upon Us!

This holiday season, we are thrilled to launch our very first Festive Socks Campaign!

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A Gift of Independence for Christmas!

11th October 2017

This Christmas autism west midlands are raising funds in order to equip an Independent Living Skills Kitchen in one of our residential homes for people with autism and complex needs.

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Realising Ambition with Hard Work & Dedication!

25th September 2017

Alex Manners is a young man with autism who has a burning desire to become a professional television presenter.

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International Day of Charity

5th September 2017

Today is International Day of Charity! The day was established in 2012 and the prime purpose is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world.

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Skydiving for Autism West Midlands

7th August 2017

Meet one of our amazing fundraisers Hinesh! After seeing the work that we do as a charity Hinesh decided to fundraise for us. We asked him some questions about his motivation and his experience of skydiving.

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Befriending Service Nominated for ‘The Great Autism Practice Award’

18th July 2017

We are delighted to announce our Befriending Services here at Autism West Midlands were nominated for ‘The great autism practice award’ at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards, held on 14th July 2017 at the ICC Birmingham.

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Glenn’s Marathon Challenge

10th July 2017

Meet one of our amazing fundraisers Glenn, who has a son with autism and will be raising money in a series of runs from April to October.

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Exciting launch of our Community Supported Living Service (previously Outreach)

13th June 2017

Here at Autism West Midlands we are delighted to announce the
re-launch of our Community Supported Living Service!

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