Autism art therapy and sibling support groups

Express Community Interest Company (Express CIC) is celebrating winning a £5,000 grant to fund art therapy sessions for autistic children in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.

Express CIC will be using the £5,000 Community Award funding on art therapy sessions for children and young people who are on the autism spectrum. The art classes offer a therapeutic alternative for individuals to build a range of skills that may be more effective than spoken language.

OneFamily customer, Paula Alvarez, nominated Express CIC for the OneFamily Foundation award because she knows first-hand how effective the community group is to families like hers.

“My friend, whose son is also diagnosed with autism, first told me about Express CIC after my own son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The people that run the group have been incredibly supportive and given me some really invaluable advice.”
Paula Alvarez, OneFamily Customer

Express CIC will also be using the funding for sibling support groups. These sessions offer siblings a chance to share their feelings and experiences with others in similar situations. Taking to a friend outside of the family can be very comforting to many siblings, offering a new perspective on their lives and helping them to realise they’re not alone.

The groups give children and young people a chance to express themselves and interact with others in a fun and supportive environment. We hope the funding will assist Express CIC in continuing their invaluable work.