MORE than 2,800 people in Solihull living with autism have benefited from a project which provides vital funding for support services, new figures reveal.
Education and training charity Landau has awarded more than £800,000 in grants to help improve services which support the health and wellbeing of autistic people, their families and carers.
The Midlands-based charity’s All Age Autism Support Service (AAASS) revealed the figures at a stakeholder event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Solihull on September 27.
Phil Taylor, chief operations officer for Landau, said the AAASS had been hugely successful in supporting organisations to deliver new and improved services to people living with autism.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved with this project. As well as grant support, this project has seen the creation of a service directory providing a single point of access to support services in Birmingham and Solihull.
“We also have an online referral process for use by professionals and self-referrals which provides access to free support services through AAASS grant funded projects and we are soon to launch a mobile App to increase accessibility to services.
“There is no doubt that this project is having a real impact on the lives of autistic people and their families, and we would urge anyone who is struggling to seek support from the services showcased in the directory.
“There are organisations that can provide social and emotional support, guidance on sleep, after school clubs, employability, parental support and much more.”
The All Age Autism Support Service is being led by Landau with funding provided by National Health Service England & NHS Improvement (NHSEI) in partnership with the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.