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Project information

Resource Centre for People with Autism

We want to provide much needed resources for people with autism in the West Midlands at our new Head Office site in Birmingham. The money raised will help create a Learning Resource Centre, a Sensory Room, a Social Cafe and a Training Suite for individuals with autism, their familes and careres.

February 2012 - May 2012

Charity information: autism.west midlands

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  • Need


    There are currently very few dedicated services for people with autism in the West Midlands area. Resource provision typically focuses on learning disabilities or mental health issues, and individuals with autism often miss out on opportunities to enjoy specialist resources. With approximately 10,000 people with autism in the Birmingham area, the need for resources decidated to these individuals is huge. There is also a big demand for autism specific training from families and carers.


    We are hoping to create a Learning Resource Centre, which will offer a small library, study area, and computer facilities, a sensory room, an informal social cafe area for people to drop-in and use, and a training suite.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide the identified facilities at our new Head Office by April 2012.


    » Design the faciilities in consultation with service users.
    » Ensure that all possible service users are aware of the new facilities via a marketing strategy.
    » Launch, monitor and evaluate the usage of the new facilities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be creating the facilities by April 2012 and then them receiving regular and consistent usage by both current and potential service users.

  • Impact


    The project will create long-term facilities for people with autism in the Birmingham area, which will all have the flexibility to be used for a variety of different activities. By creating this suitable, cost-effective space, it will free up our resources to enable us to offer a greater number and a greater range of activities for our service users.


    There is a short lead-time attached to the fundraising, against which we have a contingency plan to stagger the creation of the new facilities to accomodate receiving the funding in stages.


    We will produce monthly reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Training Suite A flexible space designed to accommodate up to 30 delegates in different formats, and a kitchen.
      £10,000 Learning Resource Centre It will accommodate up to 8 service users and will include
      £10,000 Sensory Room It would offer relaxing lighting, textures, and sounds. It would accomodate upto 4 occupants.
      £5,000 Social Cafe The cafe would provide a variety of food and drink options via vending machines.
  • Background


    Our charity offers services across the West Midlands, and this project would welcome service users from across the region. The service user base will predominantly be from Birmingham, in which there are approximately 10,000 people with autism.


    Many of the service users we currently support including those from our residential sites, our supported living services and our community services. It would also benefit individuals who we currently do not support who are looking for dedicated social spaces for people with autism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the leading provider of services for people with autism in the West Midlands. We have a large service user base, and the contacts to reach many more potential service users.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jonathan Shepherd

    CEO http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/content/617123/about_us/our_people/