If you or a member of your family is on the autism spectrum and you work, or have worked, in the UK banking sector, you can apply for a package of services or support funded by the BWC to meet your individual needs.
Ten year membership of The National Autistic Society
Ten year membership provides ongoing autism advice and information. Our membership package keeps you up-to-date with the latest autism news and information. Members recieve our quarterly magazine, Your Autism Magazine, our e-newsletter and 10% off our publications. View the full list of membership benefits.
Your package of services and support
If your application is accepted, we will work with you to assess your family's needs and provide a package of support that makes a real difference. The services available include:
- pre-diagnosis support: the pre-diagnosis service offers telephone advice and guidance to parents, carers and individuals seeking information about diagnosis
- local support (branch liaison): the opportunity to join one of our volunteer-run support groups/branches. Most of our volunteers have a personal connection to autism
- publications grant: a grant for our publications about autism
- Parent to Parent Service: this service provides an opportunity for parents of children (of any age) on the autism spectrum to speak to other autism parents. It offers emotional support and information by email and telephone appointment.
- Education Rights Service: provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on education rights and entitlements for parents and carers of pre-school and school-age children on the autism spectrum. The service provides general information about educational rights and entitlements, and advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport
Welfare Rights Service: offers advice and information by email and phone appointment about social security benefits, including advice on which benefits you may be entitled to, how to claim and what to do if you think a decision is wrong
- Community Care Service: this service offers advice and information by email and phone appointment about how to access care and support from your local social services department and what to do if you are not happy with the care and support provided
- Specialist Behaviour Adviser: offers information and advice to autistic people, professionals, parents/carers and family members of autistic people. The service offers help and advice on a range of topics including aggression, social skills, obsessions, anxiety and sensory issues
- Exclusions advice: offers advice and information to parents of children and young people on the autism spectrum about all aspects of school exclusion in England. This includes advice on:
- informal (illegal) exclusions
- fixed-period and permanent exclusions
- how to challenge your child’s exclusion
- what you can do if you are concerned that your child is at risk of exclusion
- E-befriending: The e-befriending project supports online social contact and companionship for autistic people (aged 12+) and their families. Care is taken to match individuals with volunteers who share common interests. Using a platform called Brightside E-befrienders, E-befriendees then exchange emails (at least once a week) communicating about things of interests or concern and offering a friendly, supportive link to the wider community.
- Transitions Support Service: provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support to parents or carers of children and young people making the transition from school to adult life or further education. We can help with:
- general information about rights and entitlements throughout the transition process
- assistance with exploring options so that young people and their parents can make informed decisions
- information about other services that may be useful during the transition process, such as legal services
- guidance and support on specific issues such as engaging young people, finding suitable provision, making a complaint or appealing against a decision
- Understanding autism online modules: Ask Autism, an online resource, was designed and co‐produced by autistic adults, and it provides a unique 'insider' perspective. People who complete the course will gain a robust knowledge of autism, what it is like to be autistic and what they can do to support autistic people in their professional and personal lives.
If you are an individual looking to access the specific support that the BWC offers to people on the autism spectrum and their families, please visit the Bank Workers Charity website or contact via phone on 0800 0234 834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.