Aspire Programme

friendship and activities for young people with ASCs

"I have learned to be more adventurous, sociable and open-minded."

The Aspire Programme supports young people (9 - 18 year olds) in Cambridge who have been diagnosed with high-functioning autistic spectrum conditions and who are in mainstream education.

Our weekly youth clubs create a social space for members to interact at a level with which they are comfortable. We offer a high ratio of support from committed volunteers. Young people come to relax and be themselves, and to do things that they enjoy. There is no pressure to socialise, but members often find they enjoy sharing activities such as board games, pool, table tennis, lego, crafts or cooking, with others who have similar interests and difficulties. One member said "Autistic people just understand each other."

For more information, email Ruth Watt, Aspire Programme Co-ordinator or call 01223 521270.

We've written a simple, illustrated story How does it feel to have autism? Download it here.