• Wiltshire specialist support

    Autism at Kingwood was chosen by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to set up specialist support for vulnerable autistic adults who were in long term inpatient assessment units.

    Working alongside international organisation ‘Lives Through Friends’, our Transition Manager, Sarah Shield embarked on our long- term programme, supporting people to move out of this type of care, and assist them and their families in the creation of the lives that they aspire to.

    Estelle Christmas, our COO said: ‘Our aim is to facilitate arrangements for individuals whose lives may have been blighted by the system, who may have spent overly long periods of time in hospital away from their families, or whose “challenging” reputations have gone before them making it difficult for effective care and support to be sourced.

    The creative and empowering aspect of this means that individuals have a real say in who supports them. We continue to be proud of our ability to reach out to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people of our society and take immense pride in the commitment and dedication of our workforce in paving the way for this to happen.’

    We supported Lee out of long term care and into a place she can call home, working with her and her family to ensure she was able to make her own choices about the life she wants to lead.

    “I talk to parents every day and it has become apparent and crucial that autistic people have adjustments to life to make allowances for sensory processing. It has become common place for parents to withdraw their children from school because of this. The school, hospital, and many more environments are completely inappropriate for autistics, it creates grave anxiety which goes on to be carried throughout life. The hospital environment did profound damage to Lee, physically and mentally.” (Gillian – Mum)’


    Philippa Stannard

    Head of Fundraising & Communications

    Registered Charity No.1041924


    Abi Cowley

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