About HOPE

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

Strategic Themes

  • Quality
  • Extension of services
  • Financial sustainability
  • Monitoring and evaluation


Objectives for 2016-17

  • Quality
    1. Develop and Support Staff, Workers and Volunteers
    2. Develop and Support the Organisational Structure
    3. Raise Awareness of HOPE and Autism
  • Extension of services
    1. Develop HOPE Satellite Services
    2. Develop Day Time Services at the HOPE Centre
    3. Develop Services for Young People
  • Financial sustainability
    1. Work to Ensure Core Funding is Covered
    2. Work with Local Authority and Health to Receive Ongoing Funding
    3. Apply for Grant Funding for any Shortfall and New Developments/Projects
    4. Develop and support Fundraising
  • Monitoring and evaluation
    1. Implement Mechanisms to Involve Children, Young People, Parents and Carers
    2. Implement an Ongoing Robust Evaluation Process
    3. Improve Data Collection
    4. Consider Introducing Performance Indicators