How Do We Invest Our Funds?
Autism All Stars is a small, independent charity which was started from scratch without outside funding, and like many charities in this position, there are a large number of financial demands that need to be met in order for us to grow.
Money for practical expenses like public liability insurance, flyers, venue hire, website hosting and DBS checks all have to be found, and thanks to our amazing supporters, we’ve managed to meet all our legal requirements and become officially registered with both the Charity Commission and HMRC.
Below are some of our regular outgoings, and show how your money would be used to help keep the charity running, allowing us to continue improving the lives of autistic people and their loved ones.
• £25 pays for specialist toys and equipment for autistic children and adults living in poverty and in crisis situations
• £45 pays for a DBS check for one of our volunteers
• £100 helps towards the cost of organising individual support networks for vulnerable people
• £150 pays for volunteers’ refreshments at one character events
• £300 pays for a year’s Public & Employers Liability Insurance
• £480 pays a year’s hosting and management of our website
• £500 helps towards the yearly running costs of our office
• £1,000 helps towards the cost of our online support service and the distribution of vitally needed supplies to families in poverty
• £4,500 pays for the running of our Autism-Friendly Cinema and Theatre Clubs for a year
So, where are we going now?
We have many plans for the future which will be implemented as our funds increase.
At this stage though, most of our work is about raising our profile and finding new supporters to help us spread our message and fundraise on our behalf, allowing us to work behind the scenes supporting autistic people and their loved ones in times of need. Because of the way we raise our funds (using everyone’s talents and skills) it’s also very much about raising people’s self-esteem at the same time.
We know exactly how hard it is to raise autistic children and to care for autistic adults, so it’s not something we take lightly at all.
We know about the isolation, the destruction, the physical attacks, the disapproval, the rejection,
the emotional rollercoasters, the tears, the guilt and the despair, and that is precisely why Autism All Stars is run the way it is.
We aim to give people something bright, colourful and uplifting to enjoy, not more doom and gloom
– presumably they get enough of that already. We offer them somewhere their children are welcome no matter how they behave; somewhere people truly understand and accept them; somewhere they can smile and feel just a little less alone.
We organise events that are truly inclusive, where everyone is allowed to shine without judgement, and through these events, we raise funds to help those same people when the darkness closes in.
At the moment we’re a small charity, but we’re growing,
and as our funds increase, we’ll be able to do even more to help.
Here are some of our long term goals, so when you fundraise for Autism All Stars, this is what you’re contributing towards:
Having our flyers freely available in libraries, schools, colleges, universities, chemists,
doctors’ surgeries, health centres, advice centres and at all other relevant locations.
Training therapists to support people on the spectrum, as well as their parents and carers.
Training speakers to spread a positive message of hope about autism.
Bringing together parents and carers of people from all across the autism spectrum for mutual support, without discrimination or division based on the severity of how the condition affects their daily lives.
Running cafes and drop in centres for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum, and providing employment to autistic adults at these venues.
Organising day trips and holidays for autistic teenagers and adults, their parents and carers.
Building an online resource, advice and support service for autistic people and those living with its related conditions, including ADHD, epilepsy, dyslexia and Tourette’s.
Making gifts to parents and children struggling with isolation and social exclusion.
Running a befriending scheme for elderly parents of autistic people, giving them peace of mind that their children will be properly cared for in the event of their death, by people who truly understand them and their unique needs.
Opening a social enterprise for autistic people where they can create items to sell for profit, with all proceeds going directly to help those most in need.
Funding research into suicide rates in teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum to allow the government to officially categorise these groups as ‘high risk’.
When we have enough funds, we’ll achieve all these things and many, many more besides.
How long it takes us depends on our supporters, so feel free to go out and find your talent, have some fun with it and raise us some much needed funding – we guarantee that every penny you donate goes towards helping members of the autism community.
Our aim is to improve the lives of autistic people, their families and carers, and to change the restrictive attitudes of people who see autism as a tragedy or a disease.
For more on our intentions, press the link below:
To some it may seem like an impossible task, but to us, the words of Margaret Mead ring loud and true:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”