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PDA Support Group Meetings

A support group for parents/carers affected by pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is taking place in The HOPE Centre. This group is hosted by parents with knowledge of PDA, a rare form of autism recognised by the National Autistic Society. Your child does not need a diagnosis to attend this group; please come along if you would like to join in.


Dates of PDA Support Meetings in 2017:

Thursday 1 June

Thursday 3 August

Thursday 7 September

Thursday 5 October

Thursday 2 November

Co-op Fundraising Final Total Reaches £3,374.93

A phenomenal £3,374.93 has been raised in aid of HOPE through the Co-op Community Fund.

This fantastic donation is gratefully received by all at HOPE and is a valuable contribution towards the continued development of our organisation and services.

This funding comes from co-op members and customers who selected HOPE for Autism as their chosen community cause. Co-op members added to the total raised every time they bought selected co-op branded products and services, from loafs of bread to planned funeral care.

After the funding period for our Local Community Fund project ended on April 8th, HOPE was delighted to receive a donation alongside more than 4,000 causes across the UK.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who contributed and selected HOPE as they’re chosen community cause, and to everyone involved at the Co-op.

Spring Newsletter

HOPE’s spring newsletter is now available!

Inside is news about our work with Scottish Autism, our upcoming Befriending Project, and an update about our Waiting List.

You’ll also find feedback from our staff about our groups and information about recent donations and upcoming fundraising events.

Download the newsletter here: Spring Newsletter 2017

Autism Awareness Day 2017

HOPE is delighted to announce that guest speaker James Hamilton will be coming to our centre to discuss his inspiring story and provide a first hand account of experience living with ASD.

Since being diagnosed with ASD in primary school, James has been on an incredible journey and will be coming to HOPE as part of our celebrations for Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

Please see the flier below for more information and to find out how to join in with our annual blue balloon release and help us promote autism awareness!


Autism Awareness Flier 2017



VACANCY: Volunteers for Fundraising Committee


HOPE for Autism is a very successful charity that supports children and young people with autism, and their families. We currently have vacancies for volunteers for our fundraising committee.

This would involve, taking part in a monthly meeting, liaising with the fundraising committee Chair, taking responsibility for project management and development, leading teams to implement fundraising projects, working with our families and with the local community to raise awareness of autism and to share ideas.

If you feel that you have the expertise and experience to fulfil the role of a fundraiser for HOPE for Autism, and if you feel you want to have volunteer experience whilst helping a great cause as part of the fundraising team, then please contact Carol Russell in the first instance by emailing your details to requesting an expression of interest form.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Vacancy: Trustees for HOPE Board

HOPE for Autism seeks to appoint new Trustees to add additional expertise to the Board. With ambitious plans for the future, these Trustee roles will be critical in strengthening the charity’s ability to fulfil its mission of supporting people with autism who reside in North Lanarkshire. HOPE’s Mission is to…’ seek to empower families and the community in North Lanarkshire to embrace Autism’

Individuals will support the Board and Chief Executive in guiding the strategy for service design and delivery.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact the Chair of the Board at HOPE for Autism Carol Russell,  by emailing

£2213 Already Raised Through Co-op Local Community Fund

We are delighted to announce that £2213 has so-far been raised for HOPE through the Co-op Local Community Fund.

This is a fantastic amount of money raised by our local community and will be a valuable contribution towards facilitating HOPE’s support services. The more money raised through projects like these allows for us to continue the level of support we provide and enables the development of our service.

This money is raised through purchases made by Co-op members who have selected HOPE as their chosen community cause. Members add to the total raised every time they buy selected co-op branded products and services, from buying loafs of bread to planning funeral care.

The more money spent by Co-op members on Co-op branded products means more support to HOPE and other local organisations, but this money can only be raised if you sign-up to be a Co-op members.

It’s a quick and easy process that facilitates this fantastic fundraising opportunity at no extra cost to you, so please sign-up now at in store or at and choose HOPE as your local cause.

Money raised by members who have not chosen a cause to support gets shared equally between all of the listed causes in their community.

Our partnership with the Local Community Fund runs for a total of six months. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute towards HOPE’s development, to give back to your local community, and a good reason to sign up to receive all the benefits of Co-op membership too.

Thanks to everyone involved at the Co-op and those who have already selected HOPE as their local cause!