As we are now in 2021 the Empower Project has moved into a 2-year extension programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
The Empower Project will continue to offer information sessions, training sessions, parent and professional conferences, activities for the children and siblings, coffee morning/support meetings for parents, and recently the opportunity for parents and professionals to achieve a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Autism.
The National Lottery expects the Empower Project to pilot a Social Enterprise concept so there will be a small cost for some or all activities. This may mean some fees will be introduced but we will continue to look at each individual’s ability to pay. This is to allow the DADS group to sustain their current activities after the project ends in December 2022 and it is expected that after COVID, funding may be harder to access.
In the current climate, the Empower Project will continue to offer its activities virtually online. This has proved to have been very successful since March 2020 and we are confident that it will continue offering parents and professionals much-needed information to help them cope with their child/children’s condition.
Josie McGuckin is now the Empower Project Manager and her contact details are as follows:
Information Line Number: 028 9581 6852
Office Number: 028 79301606