Project information

Dreams to memories

Giving adults with autism the chance to turn their dreams to memories by helping them plan therapeutic breaks.

This will enable them to experience the holiday memories that many people take for granted.


Charity information


  • Need


    Our Residential Services care for 48 adults with autism. These individuals need a high level of care and, in the majority of cases, their condition precludes them from employment. The personal allowance that they receive from the benefits agencies is only £22.30. This income needs to cover the costs of clothing, toiletries and items of interest that most of us take for granted (such as CDs, DVDs, magazines and books). They are therefore unable to afford to pay for a break for themselves.


    We will use funding to hekp cover the costs of therapeutic breaks that the individuals have planned for themselves.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish Dreams to Memories to enable adults with autism to benefit from therapeutic breaks.


    » Establish a panel that adults with autism can request funding from.
    » The panel will received requests for funding from individuals and distribute the money raised.

    Success will be measured by the number of adults planning and experiencing therapeutic breaks for themselevs.

  • Impact


    The experience of new environments, new activities and the chance to meet new people. A holiday also provides people with memories that will last a lifetime and can be shared with family and friends.

    Individuals have become more communicative followinig trips in the past.


    The change in environment could cause anxiety for the individual. All trips are planned with members of staff to minimise anxiety and staff members will accompany the individuals with autism.


    After every therapeutic break a report will be completed and this will be used to report back to funders.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Full cost Funding to be distributed by Dreams to Memories

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Applications to charitable trusts £10,700 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The individuals benefiting from this project live in residential units in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


    The 48 adults cared for by NORSACA's Residential Services.

    Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. People with autism have difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the most experienced, qualified and professional provider of autism specific services within our region. We have over 40 years experience of caring for adults and children with autism.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrea Hunter

    Assistant Director NORSACA Residential Services

He has his diary which he completed daily on holiday, and that he often refers back to. He shows it to his visitors, he is very proud of his diary.

Staff member