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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


Hello! My name is Michael!

I am 6 years old, and I live with my Mummy and Okaa and our dog Henry. I like to call him Honry!

I have autism and something with a long name called pathological demand avoidance. I think autism causes me a lot of stressness, and it feels really weird most of all. Sometimes I get very stressed and then I "hedgehog" where I curl into a ball on the floor and go "hhhhhhhhh" (Mummy says this is called hyperventilating but I prefer my word). I struggle with it and I thought it was quite negative until my Mummy and Okaa started talking quite recently about the positives of my autism. I think being autistic means I love things more as well!

I have over 30 stuffed dogs! I love my dogs so much and Doggy especially! Doggy was made for me by my godparent Darcy and he is my favourite dog of all and I take him everywhere. I have always loved all kinds of trains but steam trains especially! I love Thunderbirds too much! We have watched every episode of Thunderbirds Are Go twenty times! I love fresh air once I've been inside for a really long time, and to me, this is a perfect world.

What I mostly like most of all is family. I love love love love love love love cuddles! I love my Okaa's weighted blanket!

My main special interest at the moment is Minecraft. Everything in Minecraft is made out of squares, I just love squares! Mostly I just love mine carts, which are trains on our Minecraft server, and furnaces in minecarts are like steam trains!

I don't like Soreen, or being told what to do, or loud noises, or going to bed, or spicy food.

Hello. I am Michael's Okaa. I think even though he is often plagued by “stressness”, his autism makes him unique and who he is, and we love him exactly the way he is.

His Mummy and I are both also autistic and whilst this sometimes results in a clash of needs it mostly means we all understand each other in a way the rest of the world doesn't.

We may not have PDA like Michael does, but we do hope we have some insight into his experience from our own.

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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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