ADHD Aware

Help Save our ADHD Support Groups

We are a UK charity fundraising to keep our peer-to-peer support meetings running through a gap in funding. Demand for our services has increased, and currently we are struggling to meet the increased costs. Please donate to help us keep going.
£5,037
raised of £3,000 target
by 216 supporters
RCN 1196688

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UPDATE: Thank you so much to each and every person who has donated to ADHD Aware, fundraised for us, or shared our JustGiving campaign page. It has made a huge difference to the security and continuity of our services. Thanks to your generous support, we are feeling optimistic about ADHD Aware's future, and are once again able to look forward to seeing you at our future events.

The kind comments of donors on this page have really moved us. It is a beautiful testament to how valued and impactful our support groups are; and seeing this means so much to our steadfast volunteers. We are so grateful to everyone who is supporting our charity and our community.

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What do we do?

ADHD Aware is a national charity, based in Brighton, and led by neurodivergent volunteers. We provide peer-to-peer support by hosting 7 meetings each month. These include drop-in sessions and group discussions, with a mixture of online and in person options.

Our services are a vital lifeline for adults with ADHD, and for those who may not receive support elsewhere: people seeking an assessment, partners of ADHD people, and parents of ADHD young people.

We administrate 4 private Facebook groups where our members can interact and share recommendations. Additionally, we respond to a huge quantity of individual email enquiries; and offer useful information and signposting to other resources though our website and social media.

Why do we need donations?

All of the above is free at the point of use, to keep it accessible to those who need it most.

Our community, and the demand on our services, has grown very fast over the past few years. Our Facebook groups now have over 2,800 members, and our mailing list is over 3,300 people. This has increased our running costs, and right now we need your help to bridge a gap in our funding - so that our regular programme of peer support meetings doesn't have to be suspended, and so we can continue to be here for ADHD people and their families.

The monthly cost of sending 1 email and 1 SMS text to our mailing list, room hire for the in-person events, Zoom subscription for the online events, professional facilitation for our group discussions, plus insurance, keeping our website online, and ensuring someone experienced is available to respond to the many email enquiries we receive - all adds up to about £1,000 per month.

How can you help?

Please help reach our fundraising target, by clicking the 'Give Now' button. Any donation, big or small, is gratefully received and will make a difference.

Please share this page with others.

Your support means an incredible amount to us.

Why are our services needed?

People with ADHD live in a world not built for them. The waiting time for an NHS ADHD assessment is often longer than 3 years, and to navigate this process people need support.

Without adequate support, people with ADHD commonly experience: isolation, high rates of anxiety and depression, increased risk of suicide, barriers to employment and financial security, an increased likelihood of being a survivor of abuse, and struggles with health conditions, trauma and addiction directly related to ADHD. These difficulties have been shown to reduce the life expectancy of people with ADHD by up to 13 years, compared to their neurotypical counterparts. But with support, the difficulties of life with ADHD can be managed.

ADHD people and their families deserve support and, with your donations, we will do all we can to continue providing it.

Testimonials from service users

It has changed my life and continues to do so, and inspires me to want to keep improving and keep connecting with the wider world. I think ADHD Aware is a very special organisation. I feel so grateful.

In a world that sometimes looks alien and strange, the meetings and ADHD Aware help give me a secure space to share my experiences and feel much less isolated.

It's made a tremendous difference! I have met people like me, made and sustained friendships, understood both myself and others and generally felt that I do have a place in the world, whatever my neurodiversity is! It's been invaluable. I am totally enthusiastic about it. Thank you so much!

It's amazing to engage with other people like me. I feel less alone and less odd! ADHD Aware helps me to feel part of a community.

Having people with similar struggles helps you realise that, even after all, you can persevere, flourish and be well, as many others lead with example, which is reassuring and give us all hope.

For more information about our services, please visit adhdaware.org.uk

About the charity

ADHD Aware

Verified by JustGiving

RCN 1196688
We are a national charity providing peer support and a safe space to access a like-minded community. We meet both online and in person 7 times a month to raise awareness and share resources around living with neurodiversity. We are unique in that we are user-led - no topic is too big or small.

Donation summary

Total raised
£5,037.00
Online donations
£5,037.00
Offline donations
£0.00
Direct donations
£4,016.00
Donations via fundraisers
£1,021.00

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