The Autumn Group supports families caring for children and adults affected by Autism living in the whole of Greater Manchester.

The group provides weekly drop in support group sessions, where families can gain a variety of support ranging from help with benefits, form filling, advice, referrals, signposting and emotional and social support.

They also provide workshops in many areas of Autism and disability, children’s/young peoples social activities and social activities for parents.

The Autumn Group’s aim is to tackle the boundaries that families face on a daily basis by supporting families in a meaningful, emotional and non-judgemental way. They also provide support over the phone, via email and on their Facebook page.

The organisation is ran and managed by parents on a voluntary basis.

27th March-2nd April is a week dedicated to celebrating, supporting and raising awareness of Autism. Known as ‘the hidden disability’ people with Autism often see our world in a unique way, and because of this, their carers and parents can struggle to understand how to care for them.

Groups like The Autumn Group give carers and parents the chance to talk with each other and share their experiences with Autism. They act as a lifeline to individuals, which is why we at Forever Manchester find it so important to fund groups like this and similar.

The hard work put in by the volunteers in groups like this often go unnoticed, and this Autism Awareness Week, we wanted to recognise and thank people like the folk who run The Autumn Group for giving back to their communities, and making a huge difference to the beneficiaries of their group.

If you run a group in the Greater Manchester area and need funding, head to our Funding page for information on our funds.