Autism East Midlands open Family Support Hub in Leicester
Autism East Midlands, the largest autism specific charity to operate in the region, have opened a brand new Family Support Hub Service in Leicester.
These Family Support Hub sessions offer a range of activities, which autistic young people can participate in with their families and peers. The sessions provide opportunities for young autistic people to meet one another and develop the skills and confidence they need to build friendships and peer support networks, both within hub sessions and elsewhere.
The new Leicester Family Support Hub will run between 10am and 1pm on every third Saturday of the month and will be located at the Thorpe Astley Community Centre. There is no charge to attend this hub and all members of the family are welcomed to these sessions.
Autism East Midlands currently run ten Family Support Hubs in the East Midlands with the Leicester Hub being the latest edition to their portfolio. The expansion of the charities network of support hubs will continue to grow to fifteen over the next year due to an award of £264,857 from The National Lottery Community Fund., with the next two to open in Northampton and Loughborough respectively.
The opening of this brand new Family Support Hub grows the work currently carried out by Autism East Midlands in Leicester. Autism East Midlands have previously worked with Leicestershire County Council to develop award winning scheme, Project Digby, which helped to create friendlier environments for autistic individuals to access the 1620’s House Museum. As well as this the charity helped to produce the patient passport at Leicester Children’s Hospital and have been working with Leicester City Football Club to train staff and create a more autism friendly environment at the King Power. Students at De Montfort University have also benefitted from Autism East Midlands mentors for students on the autism spectrum.
The Family Support Hub is the charities first service that will have direct contact with the Leicester community.