Project information

Helping over 1,000 families affected by autism

We are looking for funders to join with us to enable our Family Services team to continue to support over 1,000 families affected by autism each year.


Charity information: NORSACA

  • Need


    Families affected by autism can feel that they do not have enough information on the condition and they can struggle to access services. In addition, they may also have questions about autism that have not yet been answered.


    Our Family Services team are able to offer information, advice and guidance to individuals with autism and their parents, carers and other family members. The highly experienced team will offer telephone advice, counseling and training to families and individuals from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and surrounding counties.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Offer advice to over 500 families each year


    » Send out information packs to over 500 telephone enquirers giving details of services available from NORSACA and other organisatons
    » Offer hour long telephone advice surgeries to callers with more complex needs

    Success will be sending out at least 500 information packs. The success of the packs will be measured by the feedback forms that are sent out with the packs.

    Aim 2

    Offer a specialist counseling service to individuals with autism and their families


    » Offer counseling sessions (running over at least 8 weeks) with a qualified counselor with experience of autism

    Success will be measured by the number of people receiving counseling and saying that is has helped them.

    Aim 3

    Offer training courses to parents and carers to help them gain more knowledge and skills


    » Organise and run at least three 4-8 week long courses for families
    » Organise and run at least 20 1-off courses for families and parents

    Success will be over 200 parents attending the courses over a year.

  • Impact


    The Family Services team enable parents and carers to gain an understanding of autism and feel more able to help the individuals with autism within their family. Success will be demonstrated through qualitative feedback from parents and individuals.


    There is a risk that people do not find out about our services. We have built good links with other organisations and charities to ensure that as many people as possible find out about our services.


    Donors will receive a six-monthly report on the activities of the Family Services team and the people who have been helped.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £85,703

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      Amount Heading Description
      £46,612 Principal Officer Salary Full time: includes national insurance and pension
      £11,148 Family Services Worker Salary Part time: includes national insurance and pension
      £11,470 Admininstrator salary Contribution towards Administrator salary
      £16,473 Other costs Includes travel expenses, telephone, stationery, property costs and insurance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Applications to charitable trusts and foundations £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Family Services team is based at NORSACA's Park Hall Autism Resource Centre, in Bestwood Village, Nottingham.

    The team helps people from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and surrounding counties.


    Indidivuals and families affected by autism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With over 40 years experience of meeting the needs of people affected by autism, NORSACA is best placed to provide support to people from across the East Midlands.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Linsey Atkins

    Principal Officer, Family Services (full time)

    Sue Lee

    Family Services Worker (part time)


Telephone advice and guidance to 750 families

They have always listened and given advice and suggestions that are achievable. You are able to see the changes and this is encouraging to us.

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