Our mission is to support Actually Autistic adults to be themselves without judgement or fear. 

Founder, Anna Taylor is on a mission. When establishing Autism Matters in the Teesside area, in 2012, she knew that there were many support services for Autistic children, but very little to support adults. "So I asked Autistic adults what they wanted and together we designed a service exclusively for them." They told me that they wanted a place that was safe to be who they are, without judgement and having to fit into anyone`s expectations of them.

Autism Matters was created, together with Autistic adults and staff who they trusted and chose to support them. We were led by their ideas and needs for access to social activities. First service we created was our social support groups. Then came our short breaks, then we added our 1-2-1 PA support service. We now have additional support with work experience, called Autism Angels, and access to the therapy service.

Anna, Lynne, and the AM HQ team have created a unique charity where Autistic adults access a wide range of support. We help them on their journey through life. Full of inspiring, and unique services designed by people who use those services.

Our new phase of development is replicating our services across the UK with our first new branch covering the following catchment areas Gateshead, Newcastle City, South Shields and North Tyneside.

We have in place our project lead, Kerry who is very happy to answer any queries you may have.

As we offer an inclusive service, travel to and from activities will be available.  We have in place our own support workers too.

If you are or support an Autistic Adult and would like to hear more about our social support groups we would love to hear from you.

Feel free to pop us an email to kerry@autism-matters-newcastle.co.uk