South Ayrshire Autistic Society is run by parents and carers of children with autism, and thanks to their dedication, is completely self-sufficient. The group provides help and assistance to those affected by autism while organising appropriate activities and days out for members.
Despite the hard work of volunteers in raising funds, the expense associated with arranging suitable activities for those with autism means the society is often limited in what it can offer. However, funding from Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual means the group are set to enjoy a day out to remember.
Lesley Moore, whose child Aidan has autism, is a volunteer with the society and an Engage Mutual customer signed up to the mutual’s ‘Engage with your Community’ customer initiative and applied for funding.
Her successful application has led to £2,300 worth of support, which means the group is set to enjoy a trip to Edinburgh where they will watch a special one-off “autism-friendly” stage production of the Lion King.
Funding from the mutual will pay for coach travel to and from Edinburgh, as well as 57 tickets for the performance which is being staged in-conjunction with the National Autistic Society.
South Ayrshire Autistic Society is one of six successful community initiatives chosen this year, to receive funding of up to £5,000, from a range of UK-wide applications submitted to Engage Mutual by its customers. Engage with your community is held in order to support those customers who are regularly involved with a good cause or community initiative.
This year’s initiative was the first where customers were given the option to choose the winners and voted on their favourite from 96 applications to the society as a winner.
The aim of the initiative is to give back to customers regularly involved in charitable or voluntary projects.
Speaking of the funding, Lesley said, “Often families and carers looking after someone with autism can become isolated in their community due to the pressures it creates. We organise activities in order to prevent this and bring members together, to chat and share advice while providing something for the children to do.
“However, finding something suitable can often be costly and difficult to arrange. Funding from Engage Mutual means we can take all our members to this special performance and give everyone a day to remember.”
James Ogden, community activation manager at Engage Mutual, adds, “We’re pleased we are able to support Mrs Moore’s project, the work the society does in helping those affected by autism is commendable and something which resonates with our customers who selected it.
“I’m sure the trip to Edinburgh will provide members of the society with a day to remember while giving them some brief respite from dealing with the condition."