About HOPE 2018-04-20T15:18:11+01:00

HOPE for Autism was established by a group of mothers who were unable to access the help they needed for their children in North Lanarkshire. In 2002 HOPE became a registered charity and established a support group for parents and carers.

In June 2006 HOPE moved to the HOPE Centre in Chapel Street, Airdrie. HOPE is the most experienced third sector autism specific service offered in North Lanarkshire. We provide activity groups for young people and run a range of successful, fun and educational based activities for children and young people aged 2 – 25 years of age over 7 days a week. Our services also offer support to local families and carers affected by ASD.

Download our information leaflet here.

The Mission Statement was revisited during the first quarter of 2016 and the new mission statement has been agreed and our underlying guiding values and principles articulated.

‘Hope for Autism will seek to empower families and the community to embrace Autism’

We achieve this by:

  • Helping the families
  • Offering support, training and interventions
  • Providing information and promoting awareness and understanding of ASD
  • Encouraging service users to maximise their potential

Our organisational values impact everything we do, every day, for every person who is in contact with HOPE for Autism. They help improve the way that we work by making us more responsive, effective and efficient.

  • A person-centred approach – to offer support to children, young people living with autism
  • Promoting positive and inclusive lifestyles – enabling people living with autism to make a positive contribution to their local community
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Commitment to stakeholder involvement
  • Openness and accountability as an organisation

The board of trustees comprises parents and professionals who are responsible for the governance and strategic overview of the charity. The board is recruited through advertising and direct contact, all recruitment is based on having a board that has a range of expertise that benefits the organisation. The trustees meet ten times a year. There are sub-committees which meet as required and report back to the board.

HOPE’s senior staff manage the operational and administrative side of our organisation, while maintaining and delivering our range of support services:

Staff are involved in many roles throughout HOPE. Our organisation runs on a balance of paid employees and volunteers, complimenting each aspect of our service.

HOPE also has a number of staff involved in the development of our services and the upkeep of our centre:

  • Shirley McMillan – Domestic Operative
  • Marline Imrit – Administrative Volunteer

Session Support Staff

Group Assistants:

  • Aimee Logan
  • Amy Coghlan
  • Catherine Smith
  • Dean Hamill
  • Ewan Lally
  • Fiona Whitelaw
  • Gordon Magilton
  • Greer Johnston
  • Guy Williamson
  • Kayleigh Letham
  • Kirsty Hendry
  • Lauren Lamont
  • Lesley-Anne Paterson
  • Marc Williamson
  • Neil McInness
  • Ruth Thomson
  • Scott Chalmers
  • Vhairi McAleese


Volunteer Group Assistants:

  • Anne Tennent
  • Chelsea Tennant
  • Craig Taylor
  • Ewan Lally
  • Greer Johnston
  • Guy Williamson
  • Hayley Byrne
  • James Hamilton
  • James McFarlane
  • Jim McLeavy
  • John Bruin
  • Kayleigh Letham
  • Lauren Lamont
  • Lauren McCann
  • Lesley-Anne Paterson
  • Lindsey Currie
  • Phoebe Thomson
  • Rebecca Lovell
  • Rebecca Quinn-Brady
  • Scott Chalmers
  • Scott Neilson
  • Sean Byrne
  • Victoria Airlie