A CHARITY that supports people with autism has called for more volunteers, workers, fundraisers and trustees.
Autism Hampshire’s senior fundraiser Hannah Godfrey said more people were needed to help improve the lives of people with autism.
Ms Godfrey said: ‘Autism is a lifelong disability, so what we want to do is help people who have autism learn to live with it in a better way.’
Autism Hampshire’s fundraising and volunteering centre is in Whiteley, and the charity supports autism sufferers across the region.
Ms Godfrey said: ‘We support individuals and families all over Hampshire who have a formal diagnosis of autism.
‘We offer direct services including an adult day centre over in Gosport in a Grade II-listed house.
‘That gives people with autism the opportunity to get involved in cooking, music and gardening and things like that.’
Ms Godfrey said the charity had five adult residential homes for people with autism.
‘We have an outreach team that covers the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight,’ she added. ‘They’re quite hands-on and offer guidance to families and organise workshops.’
Ms Godfrey said Autism Hampshire was seeking people with experience in education, housing and local government to join the board of trustees.
She said: ‘We’d also like companies to offer teams of employees to carry out group volunteering days. They can come and do things like gardening and decorating at our supported-living homes.
‘We’re also seeking volunteers to participate in one of our UK or overseas challenges to raise money for Autism Hampshire.’
Ms Godfrey said autism was more common than many people imagined and 18,000 Hampshire residents had the condition, of whom 7,000 were children.
She said: ‘It’s something that’s quite common and a lot of people don’t realise, so the need for volunteers is quite great.’
For more information, call Autism Hampshire on 01489 880881.