REACH North West
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REACH North West

REACH North West is a voluntary community group that supports autistic children and their families. We create individualised support packages to meet the whole families needs.

We help children to REACH their true potential by providing services that assist children to overcome communication difficulties and barriers to learning using a multi-disciplinary approach.

In addition we also provide practical advice, information, training and build partnerships with families, school and other professionals

Ellie May

Hello im Ellie-May Ridings mum Zoe i just wanted to share an all about me.

Hello My name is Ellie -may and I have autism & ADHD. I would like to tell you a bit about myself (my mum will help me)

I live at home with mummy, daddy and my little sister Lucy. I love to spend time at nana and grandads (2  five minutes) which is really hated due to the virus stopping me. This was hard when they lived nextdoor 🙄

I love routine it really confuses me when I don't know what's happening or what to expect.

(Self isolation and social distancing is hard) but I try 😁

I can communicate with words but I do speak quickly and can get unsure. I just need more time to respond. 

I don’t really like busy places as It can hurt my ears which is why you can often find me wearing my (yellow) ear defenders.

I enjoy going to school and playing along side my friends. My school has the best children and teachers.

I'm very sensory my family give me lots of sensory activities my favourite is a glow bath (with lavender)

 I love eating food. 😆

I enjoy playing in the garden on the swings and trampoline. 

Im very happy girl who loves to play and be where I'm familiar. 

Im Ellie-May Riding  💜🧡💛💚💙

John Paolo

Hi everyone who is reading this, I'm JP and I'm the managers son and want to introduce myself. I am autistic and it makes more happy. But sadly I was bullied in secondary school because of it. I like my autism because it can make more happy and try new stuff.

Well gaming makes me happy but martial arts makes me more happier than gaming. It helps me to defeat my bullies and I feel like Rocky Balboa, but thank you for helping me to be a smart guy.


Hi I’m Jaiden I’m Just 10 in March and have ASD with SPD. My Nan is my best buddy so she’ll explain a few things for me. I’m learning lots everyday but can’t write it all down I was diagnosed at the age of 3 when I continued to cable with no real words and I had typical behaviours like lining up toys and spinning. I went to a private nursery where all the nursery teachers made a huge fuss off me, but apparently my babbling continued this was the start of the EHCP journey. Everyone was so lovely and gave me lots of cuddles which I loved. My baby brother is 15 months younger and he never stopped talking and still doesn’t. Not surprising I don’t get a word in !!! I went to mainstream school and in reception I had a 1:1 TA school we’re very good and let me have time in the playground when learning became too much. I tried so hard to be like my friends but writing reading and talking just seemed impossible,

I had times when I was so frustrated I used to push my friends I think this was my way of trying to join in. I stayed at mainstream school into Juniors. My Nan and her best friend walked Hadrians wall in 3 days to raise money to help fund for tutors at home and whilst I was at school. Eventually mum won full funding for me to have 1:1 ABA tutors at school . I loved this so much and I had 2 special friends Lucy and Luca who really helped me. Sadly school felt that it was perhaps in my Best interest to move to school with similar children to me. Mum had many meetings before this happened but keeping tutors whilst at school was really difficult and if my tutor couldn’t come to be with me at my lessons I had to stay home. I moved to my new school 2 years ago. I love it they have a cycle track with real traffic lights and my teachers are so kind. I continue to have my tutor at weekends and I can now read most words and am learning to say small sentences. I’m even cheeky at times. I started horse riding this year with my brother and it’s my most favourite thing along with swimming. Lockdown has been awesome as Iv lived with nan we’ve had So much fun. I’m excited to keep learning and get even better with my words xx


Hi my name is Corey and I’m 12. I have a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD and Dyspraxia. My mum is helping me to write this. I’ve only had my diagnosis in the last 2 years but I’ve always felt different from other children. Having autism makes me sad and sometimes people don’t understand me.

I go to a special school in Lancaster, I don’t really like it and don’t think I should be in a special school but teachers and other people say I do. I struggle to make friends which makes me sad. I want friends to play out with and play Xbox one with. I hope I make friends soon.

I love going to the beach with my mum and sister and my favourite place is primrose valley near Scarborough. It makes me happy when we go , I wish we could live there. We go crabbing and we have lots of fun.

I love Man City and like to go to the matches with my mum , I hope we can do that again soon. I love my mum she is my best friend and I love my dog Magnus and my family.

Habib Brothers

Hello lovely friends our names are Sami and Hashim with are brothers and both have autism and learning difficulties. Our mum is going to write this for both of us .

Sami is 19 and has Autism and learning difficulties. I also have a condition called erbs palsy which affects my left arm . I need to do lots of exercise but due to my autism it was difficult to find gyms I could go to , they didn’t seem to be accessible for people with special needs especially autism . I have been working with salford leisure with support of other professionals to make the gyms more accessible. I now go to make local gym and love it . I feel like more businesses and companies need to make reasonable adjustments for people with special needs to access things .

Hashim has more complex Autism , he only says a feel words and is very sensory . He loves to self regulate which means he jumps high on the spot and flappy his hands , people are very ignorant and stare at him . Our autism affects us both very differently but we are happy and healthy and love to socially interact with others . Thank you for reading about us .

Big hugs from HABIB lads


REACH North West provide a range of services, for families of autistic children or other learning difficulties. Our services include training sessions, support services and our 'In-home outreach' services.


Our courses are designed for both parents and children using a bespoke multi disciplinary approach. These courses have a huge impact on a child's ability to overcome many barriers and communicate effectively.

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

Social Activities

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 lunch clubs, get togethers and workshops.


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