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Membership 2017-11-16T15:03:08+00:00

Membership Availability Update

Due to increased demand for HOPE’s services and the impact this has had on our current waiting list, HOPE will continue to accept applications for Support Only Membership at this time, while Full Membership, with group access, will be closed to new applicants until further notice. Our Support Only Membership (£30 per annum) is still available to any families in the North Lanarkshire area seeking autism support.

Support Membership includes private support meetings with trained staff, advocacy and support with any meetings or proceedings with which families may need assistance, training opportunities, and events/private forums for HOPE members. This remains available to anyone seeking HOPE’s support for a small fee of £30 per year.

HOPE has taken this decision to allow us to focus our attention on accommodating those families who have already expressed an interest on taking up full membership with us and are currently on our waiting list. We hope to open up the group waiting lists sometime in the new year.

We thank everyone for their support and patience at this time. This is an exciting time for our organisation and all decisions are made in the interest of improving standards and practice in supporting HOPE members.

Please contact the HOPE office with any queries and keep an eye on our website for further updates.

Membership and Group Packages

HOPE for Autism’s advice is free at the point of contact, when you will be advised of the best services to meet your needs and appropriately sign posted or referred to other agencies where appropriate. We deliver a two-tier service to support families through group activities and support services.

Our support only membership has an annual cost. There is an additional cost is required for our group sessions for children, young people and their siblings.

Annual Support Membership

Currently £30. This is paid through Standing Order on an annual basis, which includes:

  • Support all year round
  • Support group meetings
  • Daytime drop-in sessions
  • Twice-monthly siblings’ activity groups
  • Advocacy service
  • Access to training courses, free of charge
  • Benefits, grants, and service advice
  • Access to HOPE’s library
  • Member’s only online forum

All memberships include the above services for a small annual fee of £30. For access to our groups and activity sessions, service users must pay sign up to one of the full membership options below.

Evening Group Sessions

We provide weekly or fortnightly evening group sessions for children and young people from the ages of 5 years to 16 years. Our young adult group sessions take place fortnightly with young people aged from 16 years and upwards. We are hoping to expand this service to facilitate an adult service provision in the near future.

Siblings groups operate in the evenings weekly and HOPE’s Pre-School groups take place during the day time. All groups are appropriately structured to meet the children and young people’s needs. Children and young people will transition through the groups in line with their developmental needs and progress.

Currently £6.00 per session with a payable monthly subscription.

 External Sports Activities

We offer a varied and diverse programme of sports activities. These generally take place out in community settings across North Lanarkshire and some are accessible through mainstream sessions. Most sports are regular weekly sessions, with some having a rolling programme to allow greater access for all.

Currently £3.50 per session for each group, and £3.50 per-family for family swimming.

In addition to our regular activities, HOPE for Autism provides all year round outings and seasonal fun activities for families. There may be nominal costs for these activities where these are not entirely encompassed in funding grants.

Our administrator will be happy to advise you with any queries you may have and will support you through the membership application processes. Please call Kathleen if you require further information and support on 01236 779 191 or email Kathleen.Williamson@hopeforautism.org.uk

For more information on our membership packages please contact our office on 01236779191 or at hope@hopeforautism.org.uk, or see our new leaflets – coming soon!

Weekly sessions are available to all children and young adults. Spaces in our groups are subject to availability. HOPE strives to provide places for all those seeking access to our groups. Those who cannot be placed will be added to a waiting list and will be contacted when a place becomes available. Where families have two children/young people accessing groups, HOPE will only charge for one basic membership fee at £30 per family.

Membership packages are processed by Standing Order, to be paid monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

Members can also access our External Community Sports Groups at £3.50 per session. These include swimming, football, trampoline, racquet sports, and cycling among others. Most of these sessions run in blocks of 6 or more weeks and payment is taken for the block. A small charge is also provided for the provision of a snack during these groups.

If you are interested in joining, contact HOPE by email at Hope@hopeforautism.org.uk or visit us at The HOPE Centre, 145 Chapel Street, Airdrie, ML6 6LH. Please contact our office for any additional information on 01236779191.