Centre For ADHD & Autism Support

Games Room and Creative Club Project

To support ADHD and autistic young people to develop friendships in a safe, supported environment. Activities offered in the groups allow the natural development of social skills. The groups aim to reduce isolation and therefore support mental health/wellbeing.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1080795)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,760

Amount raised

£9,523

Donations

40

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • I was the odd one out, only one diagnosed with anything, no-one else is like it. I was made to sit in the library at lunch and wasn't allowed to go out. The best thing about here is that I made friends, I can be myself a lot more and a lot of the adults here understand what's going on.

    — Robert, age 13, diagnosed with ADHD

  • I was the odd one out, only one diagnosed with anything, no-one else is like it. I was made to sit in the library at lunch and wasn't allowed to go out. The best thing about here is that I made friends, I can be myself a lot more and a lot of the adults here understand what's going on.

    — Robert, age 13, diagnosed with ADHD

Situation

Young people with a diagnosis of ADHD or autism can face isolation as the social and sensory demands in society make accessing activities challenging. This limits opportunities to develop meaningful relationships and socialise. In addition they often experience bullying. Feeling different or like you don’t fit in impacts on wellbeing and can result in mental health issues such as anxiety or depression which can mean a reluctance to leaving home outside of school and can impact on family life.

Solution

CAAS will provide two social groups, a Games room and Film Club during school holidays, and a regular monthly Creative Club. The aim is to encourage young people to meet and socialise on a regular basis. Social skills such as turn taking, negotiating and understanding of rules will happen naturally through shared interests. The groups will enable those who face isolation a place to meet like-minded individuals in a place that feels safe, secure and accepting of difference.