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Swale autism advisory support service.

Funded on Spacehive 1 July 2021 Delivered 22 March 2022

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Swale autism advisory support service.

The Autism Apprentice CIC By The Autism Apprentice CIC

We are offering phone and virtual support advice services to families caring for a young person with autism. We are also providing sensory items for the young person to improve their daily lives.

Conyer Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 01 Jul 2021!

Through our existing work we have identified a significant increase in demand for our services since the pandemic and the impact this has had on our families. More and more are in crisis and desperate for someone to listen to them who have first hand knowledge and genuinely understand. More parent/carers are engaging virtually and funding will enable us to increase capacity to meet this demand. We will offer: free virtual advice clinic appointments - helping families with strategies around challenging behaviour, anxiety, school refusal, sensory and sleep difficulties etc. In addition, families who are in financial hardship are often unable to purchase the items their child would benefit from, such as seamless socks, compression sheets, white noise machines, weighted blankets, theraputty, blackout tents, lighting etc. We will offer the relevant and appropriate items to those families identified, increasing the young person's welfare and decreasing the impact upon mental health.

What we'll deliver:

  • Free advice and support clinics delivered by family support workers
  • Sensory items for the young person as identified

Why it's a great idea:

We are a lived experience community interest company not for profit, and this gives us a unique understanding of the difficulties families face when caring for a young person with autism. Parent/carers will have access to the practical specialist information and advice they need, making a positive difference to their child's life. Parent/carers are more confident and less isolated. Parent/carers mental health is improved. Children with autism will achieve better outcomes due to their parent/carers being supported. Children with autism will have the sensory tools required to improve their health and wellbeing.

Steps to get it done:

  • Start marketing the project in the local areas.
  • Start taking referrals from agencies/organisations
  • Start taking self-referrals
  • Start purchasing the sensory items required
  • Commence free, bespoke advice clinics to clients
  • Deliver sensory items needed to identified families


Location Conyer

About the space

Sheppey, Sittingbourne & Faversham


Swale Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,655

76 x One hour advice session - £4,180 (48%)
Sensory items - £3,858 (45%)
Other - £617 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

76 x One hour advice session
Sensory items
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Additional advice clinic hours
  • Additional sensory products

Total £8,655

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