Photo: wooden models crafted by people who use our services

We recognise the skills, interests and the potential of every person with autism, and use this to support them to do exciting new things – such as a new enterprise activity or venture. Our innovative projects give people we support the opportunity to be part of a team, have a role in a meaningful enterprise and meet local people in their community.

A great variety of enterprise ventures are happening in some of our adult services, as well as our school in Yorkshire, Robert Ogden School. We are constantly looking to create new enterprise opportunities for the people we support and the wider autism community, and we are flexible to ensure that they are inclusive, resourceful and stimulating for each individual.

An interest of a student in one of our schools, for example, has led to a fudge production project based at the school – the team have been awarded the NAS Autism Professionals Award for Inspirational Education Provision. Working collaboratively with our adult services and a local supplier, this has evolved into a commercial production venture, where people we support are making, packaging and selling fudge at national events, as well as soaps, t-shirts, firebricks and a variety of other items produced at our adult services.

Making the most of our links with the autism community, we reach out to local artists, to whom we can offer a platform to showcase their work or share it with people we support in workshops, such as in our day service and gallery in Leicestershire. People we support in Yorkshire are growing produce in their orchards and vegetable gardens to make jams and chutneys, those at our day service in Greater London run a café and their own market stall, and we have supported a man in Scotland to open his own glass works company.

We are constantly looking to create new opportunities based on the abilities, interests and ambitions of everyone we support – our enterprise ventures are a testament to the potential everyone we support has to achieve.

Enterprise ventures

Café Autisan at Whalley Abbey

Hoylands House shop