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Charity that supports people with autism expands


A charity which works to help people with autism and their families, has extended their services into Warrington, with a variety of activities on offer in the community.

Cheshire Autism Practical Support (ChAPS) already supports people of all ages across different parts of Cheshire, and, with thanks to a confidential donation, has now been able to branch out into Warrington.

“We are delighted that our ChAPS activities are now officially up and running in Warrington, and Manager Julie Gerke has been overwhelmed by the warm welcome from existing service providers,” says ChAPS Managing Director Jo Garner.

“We are very much looking forward to working in partnership for the benefit of all of our families, and would love to support as many people as possible across Warrington.”

Activities up and running include a play session at Warrington Sensory Centre on the first Wednesday of the month (4pm-6pm) and Street Dance at Stage Pro Academy on the first and third Mondays of the month (5pm-6pm).

Bowling takes place at the Tenpin Centre on the second Monday of the month (5pm-6.30pm) and multi-sports and family swim at Lymm Leisure Centre on the fourth Sunday of the month from 12.15pm-2.30pm.

A parents’ meeting will also take place on the second Friday of each month at the Walton Lea Project Café from 10am-noon.

Julie is also finalising details to run a fortnightly Kidz Club at the Warrington Sensory Centre and Youth Club at Daresbury Village Hall.

Other activities which could follow include go karting, horse riding, animal therapy and climbing, as well as extending the current training and therapies for both adults and children which take place on a rotational basis in Runcorn, Ellesmere Port and Northwich.

Autism remains the fastest growing condition in the world, affecting one person in 36, and ChAPS has already benefitted thousands of people of all ages who are on the autism spectrum.

Anyone wishing to find out more about ChAPS membership should visit www.cheshireautism.org.uk to register online. For help completing the application, please call 0344 850 8607.



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