Update on the autism community support survey
The Integrated Care System published an autism community support survey in November 2021.
The survey was launched to gather feedback from families about what community provision (activities, sessions, clubs) they and their children are currently accessing which is autism friendly and meets the needs of their children. The survey also asked what else Parent Carers would like to see developed in Gloucestershire. There has been a huge response to the survey, all of which are currently being reviewed. Some of the following themes have already been identified:
- Increased training, knowledge and awareness for individuals working with autistic children and young people
- Venues across Gloucestershire being adapted to meet the needs of autistic children and young people e.g. small group sessions or 1:1, low-level lighting, a calm and quiet environment with limited noise
- Inclusive approach for families for example, enabling parents to socialise whilst their children are able to play, siblings of varying ages accessing different activities at the same venue, enabling parents to support their children during sessions if they’d like to
- Development of non-sports related activities for example, chess, gaming and outdoor play
- Social activities for parents outside of the working day (9am-5pm)
The Integrated Care System has funding available to provide voluntary and community sector organisations with small grants, enabling them to develop autism friendly activities, groups and sessions across Gloucestershire in line with the responses to this survey.
Applications will be open to apply for this funding once all responses have been reviewed, to provide applicants a rounded picture of what is needed to support families in Gloucestershire.