Autonomie

Autonomie is an organisation that aims to empower young people with additional needs to develop the skills to live independently and achieve their potential.

Autonomie is an organisation dedicated to supporting young people living with a disability in the Greater Belfast area.

Set up in 2009 and formerly known as LILAC Service, the award-winning charity supports young people with a moderate to profound physical disability or mild to moderate disability and allied additional needs.

Support offered is through training and activities programmes, Independent living skills and practical advice for families.

Support is delivered through a range of practical activities programmes including What Next? and Freedom2Choose. 

2018 is an exciting time for the organisation - A 3 year pilot project that will help over 120 disabled young people transition more successfully into adult life. Autonomie has opened a new accessible centre called Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre) in South Belfast. I

The accessible centre has modern facilities including a training room, meeting/community use room, kitchen for independent living skills training and a youth-centred drop-in/recreation area.  

What Next? offers life skills training and provides practical life experience opportunities. The 3 year pilot scheme aims to promote self-confidence; support active participation; encourage 'natural' interaction; development of friendships and enable and encourage independence. Using trained facilitators around 20 young people each year will even get to try short-term independent living in purpose-designed accessible facilities on the premises.

Parents, carers and siblings too can access a range of practical support and training including free confidential counselling, training and advice and wellbeing sessions.

Freedom2Choose Programme offers disabled young people aged between 14 and 25 a chance to meet new people, build friendships whilst enjoying social and recreation activities and being part of a community.

To learn more about practical support on offer visit www.autonomie.org.uk

Autonomie's COVID-19 Support Services

Free online activities for young people aged 16-25 years with a physical disability in Belfast and surrounding areas

Autonomie

Lilac House, 4 Sandhurst Road Belfast BT7 1PW

COVID-19 Service

In a local community

Autonomie's Content

Pictured: Young person Stephanie Hewitt and her mother Janice.
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Autonomie have been adapting to the coronavirus outbreak by digitising key services and reaching disabled young people via virtual means.
Young People during their recent tour of Belfast City Hall
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Young people with additional needs from 3 organisations across Belfast join up for Belfast City Hall Tour and Christmas Market visit
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Autonomie recently received a cheque for £200 from Asda Westwood Centre after customers voted for the charity in its green token scheme.
Quiz night raises over £1,100 for Belfast charity Autonomie
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A fundraising charity quiz evening hosted by Autonomie supporter Emma Cockcroft has raised over £1,100 for the charity.
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Award-winning charity Autonomie is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning this Saturday (September 28) in Belfast. The open event will be held at the charity's centre Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre) and is being organised by young people with additional needs in the community that attend the charity's practical activity programme Freedom2Choose.
Dates:
28 September 2019
Belfast
Young people enjoy potting plants to celebrate World Environment Day
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To celebrate World Environment Day and this year's theme Beat Air Pollution, young people with additional needs who access Autonomie's Freedom2Choose programme got a chance to pot plants and decorate their plant pots.
Special guest Lady Elizabeth Bloomfield MBE (Friend of Autonomie) pictured with award winners at Strictly Our Achievements Celebration Event (5 April) hosted by Autonomie at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.
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Young people with disabilities who have taken part in a huge range of activities with Belfast based charity Autonomie had their achievements recognised at the Strictly Our Achievements Celebration Event.
As part of What Next? Summer Activities Programme participants enjoyed at trip to The Lost City Adventure Golf.
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Autonomie recently held the What Next? Summer Activities Programme. Young people with disabilities took part in a range of activities including arts and crafts, cookery and music production as part of the two-week scheme.
Fun-filled two week summer scheme for young people aged between 16 and 25 living with physical disability.
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Belfast-based charity Autonomie is delighted to launch a unique ten day summer scheme for young people living with physical disabilities aged between 16 and 25.
Newly refurbished toilet and shower facilities opened at Autonomie's new centre Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre) in South Belfast.
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Autonomie has opened its newly refurbished accessible toilet and shower facilities. The improvements were carried out with help from Big Lottery Fund.

More Information

Type of Organisation

VCSE

NI Charity Number

NI100421

Team

  • Trevor Boyle