Our person-centred approach means that we actively seek to find ways to provide added value to the lives of those we support. We listen to people close to us – autistic adults, families, staff and trustees and we do what we can to ensure their needs, wishes and ideas are acted on.
We rely on donations from individuals, organisations, companies and trusts to help us fund these important developments.
Autism at Kingwood Holiday Home & Respite
A holiday home has been mooted many times amongst those close to Autism at Kingwood and there are many reasons why such a resource would be an important and effective resource.
Most autistic adults do not have sufficient personal budget to afford a holiday, especially when the cost of funding their support whilst away is considered. This means that many people miss out on a holiday, a break from routine and their housemates or families.
A holiday home would provide people we support with the opportunity to have an annual holiday, providing a sense of social participation. We will also make the home available for families and our hardworking staff who may be in need of respite.
We are increasingly recognised as the charity that can support autistic people with highly challenging behaviours and we are committed to providing this vital support wherever we can. This inevitably means that we need to provide emergency crises support at times, and this home would be able to deliver this.
We are fundraising to purchase a static mobile home currently available in the peaceful setting of Hardwick Parks, near Witney in rural Oxfordshire. Please help us make this a reality; click this link, to make a donation.
We are delighted to announce that we have received 3 year funding to employ a Garden Coordinator, based at our large allotment in Henley-on-Thames. We have recruited an expert in the field, who will start to plan the space around the wishes of those who would like to attend, learn skills and grow produce.
Our allotment is a safe space where autistic people can enjoy therapeutic activity in a quiet place, while gaining gardening skills and enjoying enjoy the fresh air.
We are most grateful to the Rotary Club of Henley-on-Thames for funding a poly-tunnel and building equipment. The Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation has made a pledged to support the project with gardening equipment.
Many adults with autism have little or no budget to access activities, which can lead to isolation and loneliness, especially if they are living independently. People are also also often affected by sensory overload, which can cause distress to the autistic individual. Our allotment is a place where autistic children and adults can just ‘be’, providing focus on a range of activities and encouraging more people with autism to enjoy gardening. Gardening is an established form of therapy to improve the health, well-being and inclusion of vulnerable people, with numerous benefits and opportunities:
- appreciate the cultivation of ‘soil to table’ produce and learn about healthy eating choices.
- learn gardening skills such as the correct use of tools, how to sow, taking different types of cuttings, plant division, potting on and planting out a range of plants and learning about spacing
- develop knowledge of plants; identifying common weeds and how to remove them, how to water effectively using hoses and watering cans, how to harvest different fruit and vegetables
- undertake physical activity such as digging and keeping fit. The psychological benefits of physical activity can reduce anxiety
- learn DIY skills, such as using a saw or drill, painting wood and making raised beds
- enjoy the outdoors – carrying out tasks in the fresh air, working with nature and observing the seasons
- work as a team and encouraging people to take individual responsibility helps to raise confidence levels, self-esteem, motivation and concentration
- make new friends with other gardeners and have social interaction
- develop the skills and confidence to gain work experience in gardening
- provide a place for families to get together, reducing feelings of isolation
If you or someone we support would like to visit our allotment, please get in touch.
Autism at Kingwood delivers recreational and developmental activities for the people we support. These include ice skating, theatre trips, social clubs, boat trips and parties. We also support people to access activities organised by other providers, such as frequenting a day centre, sailing, horse-riding, meditation, going to the gym or monthly discos.
Often, people we support need a little extra financial support to enable them to participate and we seek funding to help us provide assistance, so that people can participate in community activities and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
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