Just £5 a month pays for a befriender to receive the first stage of their training

Sarah is 35 and was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome a year ago. She lives with her parents and has a part-time job at a hotel, but struggles with every day social situations. Sarah’s mum says:

Social interaction with people has always been difficult for Sarah. Since she started working in the kitchens at the hotel there have been relationship problems. People think she’s just a bit strange. They don’t understand her behaviour, why she’s anti-social on some occasions and why she mimics social behaviour.

Sarah’s had a befriender from The National Autistic Society for about six months now and it’s going really well. She really enjoys it. Her befriender is very consistent, very punctual and has really taken on the responsibility.

Our befrienders help over 500 people with autism each year to overcome their social isolation - but there’s a significant waiting list. With your support, we can help more people with autism to do the things we all enjoy - share a hobby, go to the pub, or simply chat with someone who wants to listen. Just £5 a month pays for a befriender to receive the first stage of their training.