2018 Reflection and Updates

2018 was an extremely busy but successful year at HOPE. The staff and I, and our volunteer team have worked very hard to take forward many new and progressive projects. Our Charity has grown in size and in local and wider recognition of all of the good work and support that the staff provide.

Our group activities are thriving. We have addressed our waiting list and placed children and young people in to groups and sports activities. Although there are currently no spaces in groups, our waiting list is open should anyone wish to add their young person’s name to this. Families can also join for support memberships.

Some of our achievements in 2018 included; the development of new staff posts, new partnerships, and we have provided improved training and development opportunities for members, staff, and the community. We have strengthened our partnerships to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and to support our children and families.

New funding opportunities and partnerships have enabled us to plan forward. New sports activities and projects with our siblings and our young adults have allowed staff to be creative and use innovative approaches within their group plans. I am very proud to say we once again ended our year having received an award Through CLD’s Celebration of Learning for our work with young people. Our Chair Person, Carol Russell was awarded an MBE and collected her award at Buckingham Palace in November. We are all very proud of her!

New trustees joined our Board of Directors, and have helped to improve our opportunities to grow and to sustain the Charity. With many projects planned for 2019, we will continue to drive forward our mission to…seek to empower families and the community in North Lanarkshire to embrace Autism. With our children and families at the heart of everything we do, we will continue to strive to raise our standards and our range of support services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, our volunteers, our families and our wonderful young people, our funders and everyone who has supported HOPE financially and otherwise throughout 2018. I am looking forward to celebrating our children and young people’s achievements again in this New Year! I wish you all a peaceful and very happy 2019!