We have worked with local campaigners across the UK to save or improve autism services. 

Get Maisie Home local campaign

The Get Maisie Home campaign started after Sally’s daughter Maisie, an autistic teenager from Hull, had to spend months in a mental health unit in Manchester – a 200 mile round trip for her family to see her. There was no unit closer to home, after a unit in Hull closed down in 2013. The campaign called for a new unit to be opened in Hull so that children, like Maisie, could get mental health support closer to home.

We worked alongside Sally, Maisie and others to champion their campaign in the community, in the press, and by meeting with important decision makers such as the Minister for Care Services. In June 2016 NHS England announced their plans to open a new mental health unit in Hull meaning that Maisie, and other autistic children like her, would not have to travel hundreds of miles from home. Learn more.

Bristol Autism Project local campaign

The Bristol Autism Project is a local service that provides short breaks and respite for autistic children, providing a break for parents and carers, and fun activities for the children.

The service was proposed for closure, a move that would have meant there was no autism-specific short break service for children in the city. We led a campaign to oppose the closure and supported parents and carers to tell their story. The Council reversed their decision and committed to keeping the service open.

Save Autism Services Haringey local campaign

In 2015 Haringey Council announced big cuts to the budget for adult social care services. We joined together with other local campaigners to create Save Autism Services Haringey (SASH) to oppose these cuts.  

We got the Council to back down on plans to cut £5.7 million from care packages through a large scale petition, using the local press, meeting with and lobbying local MPs and speaking at Council meetings to oppose the cut.  

Proposals to close day centres in the borough continued and it was confirmed in 2016 that the Roundway day centre would close. But through our campaign we have made sure that there will continue to be an autism specialist day centre in operation in the borough to provide support to autistic adults.