Gita manages the Autism Family Support service and responsibilities include development, training, fundraising, partnership work, and staffing. Gita works full time and takes the lead in strategic development, including local and national consultation and strategy. She is a member of the Oxfordshire Autism Partnership Board.
Family Support Worker
Becky is often the first point of contact for parents and carers. Becky provides autism-specific information, support and advice to parents, as well as managing referrals to our youth groups. Becky is also available to provide advice and consultation to professionals supporting Oxfordshire families. Becky has a background in behaviour management and autism. She works full time and covers the whole of Oxfordshire and is community-based. Email Becky
Befriending Scheme Coordinator
Jenny coordinates our Befriending Scheme. She is responsible for recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, as well as liaising with families who would like a Befriender. Jenny works part time 16 hours per week. She has a background in teaching and previously taught children with special educational needs.
Youth Group Coordinator (Saturday mornings)
Rachel runs our youth group for 8-12 year olds with Asperger’s Syndrome. She has a wealth of experience supporting children on the autism spectrum, with particular experience working in schools and supporting children in leisure activities
Youth Group Coordinator (Thursday & Friday evenings)
Dorothy runs our teenage youth groups on Fridays in Wolvercote, and co-runs the ‘Stuff’ youth group on Thursdays with Abingdon Early Intervention Hub. Dorothy is also a qualified Art Therapist and has experience of working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Youth Group Coordinator (Wednesday evenings)
Claire runs our youth group for 16-21 year olds with Asperger’s Syndrome. Claire has a wealth of experience supporting young people and adults on the autism spectrum in schools, college, and their natural environments.
Youth Support Worker
Bob supports young people in both our Friday evening and Saturday morning youth groups. He also has experience of running mainstream after-school clubs and holiday clubs. Bob is a parent of a young adult with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Youth Support Worker
Nathaniel supports young people at our Saturday morning group for 8-12 year olds. Nathaniel also has experience as a Learning Mentor working within education, as well as mainstream play schemes.
Our office admin is carried out by a team of fabulous volunteers who dedicate their time in the office, helping with events, and sometimes working from home – we would be lost without them!
Judith has been volunteering in the office on a weekly basis since 2008. She regularly sends emails to parents on our mailing list and processes much of our admin work. She may be the first point of contact for email enquiries. Judith is also a parent of a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Yoko has been regularly volunteering with us for several years and provides a variety of admin duties including collating our information packs and assisting with mailings and post. Yoko is a parent of an adult on the autism spectrum. She has also volunteered as Befriender, befriending an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome.
We have a team of staff who support young people during our Summer and Easter Activities. All staff are experienced in working with children on the autism spectrum as well as having lots of enthusiasm and a sense of fun!