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£660
raised of £2,500 target by 19 supporters

    Weʼve raised £660 to help to launch our Autistic Youth Hub - online & IRL - in South London, for autistic young adults without intellectual disability

    Croydon, Sutton and across South London
    Funded on Monday, 6th May 2024

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    Story

    Right now, I have no idea where to start

    Autistic Community Hub CIC is a new non-profit organisation based in Croydon

    We are a group of autistic and similarly neurodivergent people in South London who believe that we need much better work and social opportunities that are designed, built and run by us for us.

    Our aim is to collaborate on, curate and create local, tailored work, training and social opportunities; all underpinned by peer mentorship and group support.

    When I left school, everything just ended

    Our first priority is our Youth Hub

    There are no safe, funded and facilitated spaces - online and IRL - for autistic young adults in our area to build trusted relationships to then take into the real world.

    We are going to build that space. We are going to employ autistic young people to help us and give them valuable work experience in a supportive, nurturing autistic-led environment.

    Only 22% of autistic adults are in any kind of employment

    Why does this matter?

    Autistic adults without intellectual disability have poorer life outcomes than the rest of us, for no good reason.

    Autistic adults without intellectual disability are nine times more likely to die by suicide than the general population; for autistic women, this rises to thirteen times more than for non-autistic women.

    There are a significant number of autism-related charities and non-profits in the UK, but very few are autistic-led. Many of these charities spend a large amounts of money on “awareness” yet the statistics on employment and suicide have not changed in over a decade, if anything, they have got worse.

    We believe we can start to change that.

    It's hard to find accessible and inclusive workplaces

    Action not awareness

    We are ambitious and aim to lead long-term societal change by demonstrating models of tangible, replicable success not by promoting yet more ‘awareness’.

    We specifically chose to incorporate as a CIC not a charity as we believe we can become revenue-positive and self-sustaining. We’re autistic and neurodivergent-led. We’re creating an intrapreneurial culture with a “service user as service designer” ethos.

    I want to build a community of quiet activists!

    Why donate?

    Our Autistic Youth Hub is scheduled to launch autumn 2023. We are personally funding as much of our initial phase as we can but with additional launch funding, we can do more and we can do it faster.

    Your donations will be used to create a resilient and safe online presence, to recruit our youth advisory group members, to fund our first paid work opportunities and to ensure we treat our volunteers well with proper training and development.

    We will also be able to begin our outreach programme into colleges, universities and other youth spaces in South London much sooner.

    It's really hard to meet people who accept me

    Other ways to support us

    Times are tough and we appreciate that not everyone can give money. If you'd like to help us in other ways, you could:

    >> Share this page

    >> Sign up for our email newsletter

    >> Follow us on Instagram

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    >> Follow us on Twitter

    Autistic and want to get involved?

    If you are aged 16-30 and identify as autistic, with or without formal diagnosis, we’d love you to get involved. We currently need help to get our scope and priorities right.

    >> Fill out our survey

    >> Join our 'open debate' Discord server

    >> Email us to say hi

    Thank you!

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    • Jill Finch1 year ago
      Jill Finch

      Jill Finch

      1 year ago

      What an amazing first week or so! We met the Mayor of Croydon at CR Talent (and he bought a pack of Bea's Croydon illustration postcards) and got blown to bits at the windiest Pride ever! We had a few young people's art/crafts on our stall which brought over lots of interested people, sold some of our autistic pride and pronoun badges and maybe also had a bit of a dance ;) Donations have understandably gone a little quiet so if you haven't shared the link to this crowdfunder with your networks and socials, please do!!

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    19

    • Robin

      Robin

      Feb 6, 2024

      £50.00

    • Wendy

      Wendy

      Jan 19, 2024

      This is such an amazing initiative and I'm really pleased to donate (even if I've been slow to do so!!). I wish you every success. With love x

      £25.00

    • Kirsty

      Kirsty

      Nov 29, 2023

      This is a great initiative would love to come and see it sometime x

      £50.00

    • Yvonne B.

      Yvonne B.

      Sep 7, 2023

      Great cause- keep up the good work. Thank you!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 27, 2023

      👍

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 17, 2023

      Awesome to talk to you at Croydon Pride.

      £30.00

    • Amii (Space City)

      Amii (Space City)

      Jul 12, 2023

      A great idea 👊🏻

      £100.00

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    Jill Finch

    Jill Finch

    Croydon, Sutton and across South London

    Co-Director of Autistic Community Hub CIC We support autistic people in South London to create tailored work and social opportunities. I ♥ to : • uncover & tell stories • nurture curiosity & open play • create joyful experiences • foster & support change • make ideas happen

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