A Sheffield based autism charity are in the running to receive a £50,000 cash injection from the People’s Project.
Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT) are one of five local community projects nominated from the region.
Danny Antrobus, Fundraising and Finance Co-ordinator at ACCT said: “£50,000 is a huge amount of money for us…it will be a real game changer!”
The People’s Project is National Lottery and ITV funded project that allows people across the country to vote on which local community projects receive the funding.
Antrobus said that the application process was like nothing the charity had ever experienced before, after many rounds of written applications ITV came and filmed a promotional video about the work that they do. “It was lovely to find out that we had been nominated,” he said.
ACCT aim to provide help and support to families and children affected by Aspergers syndrome and autism. They run social events, family days out and monthly drop-in meetings for parents.
For next two weeks ACCT will be campaigning to gain as many votes from the public as possible. This has involved physical campaigning as well as online, which has been aided by the fact that this month is Autism Awareness Month, and Monday was World Autism Day.
Antrobus said they used this to their advantage by: “Trying to hop onto hashtags and things like that to try and get our message out there a bit more widely.”
ACCT are also hoping that by continuing to use Autism Awareness hashtags throughout campaigning will help them to appeal to the Autism community across the country and encourage them to vote for them.
Autism Awareness Month can be incredibly important for families who are helped by organisations like ACCT. Joanne Briggs’ 10 year-old daughter has Autism, and she said that Autism Awareness month is so important because it highlights how much more needs to be done to make autism better understood.
She said: “People are naturally scared of what they don’t understand, and if you see a child behaving differently it’s easy to give them a berth. But being stared at isn’t helpful. Talk to me. I’d love to tell you how to try and engage with her.”
If you want to support ACCT in the People’s Project, then head to https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/ to vote.