Autism in Motion – A parent led group which supports families of children with autism recently celebrated its first year anniversary with a fabulous birthday bash.
Autism in Motion was set up just over 12 months ago by three Liverpool mums Hannah Tickle, Jo Galbraith and Terri Norton who all have children on the autistic spectrum. Based in Norris Green, the group offers regular activities and days out for the children and their siblings alongside training and coffee mornings for parents and carers in the local community, schools and children’s centres.
Hannah explained: “Autism in Motion was started because, as parents of children on the autistic spectrum, we ourselves understand the difficulties our parents face.
“There was a lack of support and guidance, particularly in North Liverpool, and it was something we didn’t want anyone else to have to go through.
“We set out with the aim to educate parents to become the best advocate for their own child and we now work with around 70 families on a weekly basis which is just amazing.”
To celebrate Autism in Motion’s first year milestone, the mums organised a birthday bash at The Lingmell Inn on Muirhead Avenue in August.
Terri revealed: “The Lingmell is a real community pub. We often pop in for lunch with our families and the staff are amazing with the children.
“We approached the team there to ask for recommendations for entertainment as we had never organised anything like this before and, once they realised what our party was for, they did everything they could to help.
“They put us onto a local artist Mick DaCat who got completely on board with us and rallied around his friends to provide some amazing entertainment for our party totally free of charge.
“We had donations from businesses across the city including JSM Group and prizes for our raffle including a beautiful handmade rocking horse from The Rocking Horse Man.”
On the night, the group raised £1,800 which will go towards equipment for its new hub at Norris Green Youth Centre which will open soon.
Jo added: “Our local councillor, Sharon Ross, put us in touch with Glen Campbell from Norris Green Youth Centre who kindly offered us some space in his building. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was perfect for us.
“We wanted to have a resource base for the parents with a range of information – somewhere they could just drop in to for a chat and a coffee. We are going to have a parent’s room, sensory area for the children and an office for ourselves all under one roof.
“We hope that, with the help of some of our lovely parents, we can open during school hours. The money we raised will get most of what we need and we’re truly grateful to everyone who have helped and supported us in our journey so far.”
For further information, visit the Facebook page Autism in Motion- Liverpool,
Log onto the website here or call 07872444652.
Donations can be made online here