Community Hero in the Spotlight, January 2024

It was International Day of Disabled Persons on 3rd December and we’re featuring organisations who help local people with a range of different needs. ASCape makes a difference to neurodivergent children and young people by providing a range of accessible social activities led by the children’s own needs and interests.  This includes access to the first specific after-school provision for Autistic children in the West Dorset area.

They also provide therapeutic and supportive outdoor experiences known to improve mental health, such as gardening. They support children and their families in a range of ways which can facilitate an earlier diagnosis of their additional needs.

Clare, one of the founders of ASCape says:

‘The young people that we support have a wide range of challenges that can make it difficult for them to access activities at school and social activities outside school. As well as social anxiety, our young people sometimes struggle to self-regulate and manage their emotions. They can have low self-esteem and feel pessimistic about their future. ASCape’s activities and community bring hope to our young people and their families.’

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