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REACH North West

REACH North West is a Bolton based voluntary community group that champions autistic children, young people and their families.

We provide or run activities for autistic children such as swimming, horse riding and we provide events during the school holidays. We also offer support to our families via get parent carer togethers via our breakfast club.

In addition we also provide practical advice and support for parent/carers


Hi I’m Ferne and I have Autism. My Mummy knew I had special differences from the age of 3.

I was diagnosed at the age of 6 after 3 years of assessment. I don’t like having Autism and feel like people will make fun of me so I don’t tell anyone.

I go to a mainstream school but hate going. I don’t like to do any work and I miss my mummy when I’m there. I get very anxious about going to school and leaving the house. I only like to go to places that I know or that I choose to go to.

I have meltdowns at school and will cry a lot in front of the class. Usually this is because I have made a mistake on my work or find a task to difficult so get overwhelmed. I have friends at school but only like to play on my terms.

Luckily I have friends who like the same things that I do. I have an amazing memory and imagination. I say that I can actually see my imagination in front of me.

I love to learn about nature and history and can tell most adults facts about animals that they probably don’t even know about. I struggle with eye contact and will only talk about things I want to talk about even if the people I am talking to has no knowledge of the subject. I love my pets and find huge comfort in caring for them and when I grow up I want to work in a dog rescue centre or be an RSPCA Inspector.

I’m very over empathetic and can be upset about little things for a prolonged period of time. I have a 6 year old brother who also has ASD. I don’t like him very much as he screams and breaks my toys. But Daniel loves me and just wants to be with me and play in my room.

Thanks for reading my story.

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REACH North West hire venues and provide access to environments they otherwise may not be able to access such as horse riding, swimming and Santa visits. These activities allow children to socialise with peers in a safe and often differentiated environment.

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REACH North West provide parent and carers with activities that aim to bring parent and carers together and form a network of support with those that understand. The activities include breakfast club and other get togethers.


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