from Autism West Midlands
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.
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...
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.
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.
When Dan met Simon
28th July 2021
On a lovely sunny day in June, our Digital Media Producer, Dan, went to meet one of our supported residents, Simon, who kindly spoke about how he and others enjoy their garden.
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."
An Interview with Tom Greenhall – Registered Care Manager
1st April 2021
Tom is the Residential Care Manager at one of our Supported Living Centres...
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...
‘The Importance of Diagnosis’ – Dr Ashok Roy
31st March 2021
A conversation with Dr Ashok Roy - Chartered Psychologist
‘The Importance of Diagnosis’ – Dr Glenys Jones
A conversation with Dr Glenys Jones -Chartered Psychologist
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.
2020- What a year it has been!
29th March 2021
A reflection on the past year from our Community Services team.
‘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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Lockdown inspired fundraising
13th July 2020
Esti is making face masks and raising money for us!
This story has been updated - 13th August 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
31st October 2018
HomeServe UK in Walsall have been fundraising for us as their 'Charity of the Year'!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16th November 2017
The Festive Sock Season is Upon Us!
This holiday season, we are thrilled to launch our very first Festive Socks Campaign!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!