Autism Jersey is the leading charity in Jersey dedicated to the assistance and support of people on the autism spectrum. The aim of the charity is to enable people with autism to lead a full and inclusive life and enjoy a reasonable degree of independence.
We provide essential support for families, individuals and carers, and have pioneered a number of bespoke services and support packages for both adults and children.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.
There are approximately 1,000 people in Jersey who are on the autism spectrum. Through the wide range of services we offer, we ensure that these adults and children receive timely intervention to improve the quality of life for them and their families.
Autism Jersey strives to create a network for support and advice for both families and individuals. We offer comprehensive training and we have a lending library of autism-related resources.
Our Boutique gives opportunities to people with autism to engage in meaningful work experience and develop work and social skills while building confidence in a supportive environment.
Please follow these links for more on our services:
- Family Support including holiday playschemes, befriending and counselling
- Adult Services
- Short Break Services
- Supported Living
National Autistic Society Accreditation
Autism Jersey has well-developed expertise in its field and has achieved Preferred Provider status in the provision of autism-related services to the Department of Health and Social Services. Our services passed the specialist standards of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation Programme in 2014. The organisation will undergo a further Autism Accreditation review in 2017.
Centre for Autism
Autism Jersey currently operates from facilities in Britannia Place. This was not built with the needs of people on the autism spectrum in mind and is already proving too small for our expected needs. We are working with the Department of Health and Social Services to develop a permanent building at a site in Trinity from which community-based services can be provided. It is envisaged that the Centre for Autism will be operational in 2019.
Thanks to our main sponsors
Autism Jersey is a fantastic organisation that makes such a difference to the lives of so many people. Our teams are involved in many of the activities run by Autism Jersey and we look forward to playing a major part this year. Our teams give great feedback about working with the Autism Jersey team and getting involved.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
We were delighted that the Foundation was able to support Autism Jersey for the next three years and to allow them to focus on the delivery of support that they provide which is so integral in the lives of the people they work with.
The One Foundation is a charitable organisation that benefits sport, culture and community projects in Jersey. Our sponsorship has enabled Autism Jersey to employ a Volunteer Co-Ordinator to deliver vital training in autism awareness. Over the last year alone, the Co-Ordinator has reached over 90 individuals – which is a fantastic feat. The Co-Ordinator also arranges a number of essential family support services for individuals with autism and their families.
Barclays is pleased to support Autism Jersey and the work that it does to improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum. We supported the funding of the equipment for the charity’s mobile phone recycling project as part of the Barclays Community Awards initiative. This project shares our goals of helping to develop the life and entrepreneurial skills young people in Jersey need to fulfil their potential and give them the opportunity for meaningful employment.
Given Rathbones’ values and philanthropic roots we are very proud to support Autism Jersey. We are pleased to be able to offer both financial assistance which will enable Autism Jersey to maintain and grow its programme of activities and also to offer ‘hands-on’ resource when we can.
Association of Jersey Charities
The AJC is happy to support the work of Autism Jersey through our grants and other services.