Helping ChAPS To Flourish

“The funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation has enabled our small charity to excel and flourish”…the words of Jo Garner, Managing Director of a growing Cheshire charity which helps people who are on the autism spectrum and their families.

Cheshire Autism Practical Support Ltd (ChAPS) is now into its tenth year, having initially been set up by Jo, to help her own son, who is on the autism spectrum.

 Since then, the charity has supported countless people from across the county with its over-riding ambition to ‘support and educate parents to help your child be the best that they can be’.

ChAPS is now two years through a three-year grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation to help with the role of a Business Manager, which has helped not only safeguard the charity’s future but helped it continue to grow and develop.

“Securing this funding has secured the future of ChAPS,” Jo explains.

“The sheer volume of work that is needed to ensure governance, policies and procedures, financial compliance, staffing and HR are all kept in line with legislative guidance is mind-boggling for a small charity. 

“We couldn’t do it without the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation, and this funding has enabled our small charity to excel and flourish.

“We are now being commissioned by NHS England and CCGs which is testimony to the importance of the Business Manager role – so thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation – you are amazing!”

There are so many examples of how ChAPS continues to play a key role in the lives of people within the local community.

Activities and services organised by the charity include specific courses such as mindfulness for children and adults, a social club, group animal therapy sessions, multi-sports and swimming, camping trips, craft sessions, horse sense and counselling.

The mother of one family who had accessed support both for her husband and two children said:  “I don’t know where I would be personally now if it hadn’t been for the support of ChAPS. 

“I really do appreciate how comparatively privileged and fortunate we all are, and want you to know that we don’t take that for granted.”

Another mother accessed ChAPS for support as the youngest of her four children wouldn’t leave the house and she was keen to learn about how to facilitate some social interaction.

With thanks to several different ChAPS initiatives, family life has dramatically improved, with the child now going our regularly building a friendship and also volunteering at a local charity shop.

“I think ChAPS is amazing as are everyone who work for them,” says Mum.

“Staff have been very supportive at all activities and nothing is ever a problem.”

“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the continued support that Steve Morgan Foundation gives us,” Jo concludes.

“We would not be where we are today without the advice, signposting and financial assistance from Jane (Harris) and her team.”

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