Autism Support Kilkeel
Autism Support Kilkeel
204 CARRIGENAGH ROAD
Formed on the 10th May 2011 Autism Support Kilkeel provides support and life enhancing services for people living with or suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD and their families/carers in the Newry Mourne and Down Area.
As an autism diagnosis crosses all borders and boundaries our group is made up of families from all walks of life. Acceptance and a non-judgmental environment are what we promote.
Autism is lifelong and effect the way an individual relates to people, situations and the immediate environment. Many Individuals with autism have difficulty processing everyday sensory information like smells, touch, tastes and sounds. Individual with autism can face barriers in relation to equal access to a range of services including health and education.
We provide free support. counselling, education/training and information on services and provide or assist in the provision of early intervention programmes such as Music Therapy and Equine Therapy to build on the child/young person’s individual strengths enabling them to achieve their full potential.
Social needs of the children & parents are met by providing day trips to places like Tayto Park, Funtasia Theme Park and We are Vertigo. By holding autism friendly events in venues such as Cocos Children’s Adventure Playground, Infinity Adventure Park, NCC Cinema and once a year we hold our residential. Our last residential was to Jungle NI in Moneymore.
On the 21st April 2018 the we were honoured to be presented with the “Best Organisation Supporting Families” award at the Families First NI awards.
Autism support Kilkeel is currently supporting over 60 families and every month new families approach us for help. We meet on the last Thursday of every month at our centre based at 108 Newry Road, Kilkeel.
Autism Support Kilkeel receives no funding form the Statutory Sector and therefore relies heavily on public donations and fundraising activities. We are a non-profit organisation and every penny raised or donated to ASK goes directly to the children to avail of much-needed therapies and residential breaks
Our committee panel is made up of seven dedicated parents to children on the spectrum who manage to find the time to source funding, to raise awareness and acceptance, to organise therapies, days trips and so much more.
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Type of OrganisationPublic Sector
NI Charity NumberNI102494
- Olive Donnan