Who we are!

Hope GB is a registered charity based in Torfaen, South Wales, offering support services to people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs), and their families.

As a people-centred organisation, we place great importance on building relationships.  It’s our belief that strong relationships can create a solid foundation that enables and encourages positive change.

We’ve built up a range of services to help families and carers to lead informed, productive lives which will impact the people with autism that they’re connected to.

In addition, our regular high-quality training, development and awareness-raising events attract representatives from specialist schools, health, educational and social care professions, and our family links.

We believe that every child, young person and adult on the spectrum has the potential to move forward.  As a result, we’re committed to working with our partners and advocates to improve the outcomes of those we support.

What is Autism?

Autistic Spectrum Conditions are complex developmental disorders which affects a person’s ability to communicate or interact with others.  Asperger Syndrome is also considered a form of autism.

Autism is more common that many people think.  It is estimated that there are around 700,000 people on the autistic spectrum in the UK.  That’s more than 1 in every 100 people.  If families are included, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.

Many others are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. 

Without awareness of the condition, people on the spectrum often face isolation and the development of mental health challenges.

At Hope GB we aim to provide support on issues such as:

Understanding what it means to have an autistic spectrum condition

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Exploring the triad of impairments

Structuring the learning environment – particularly during periods of transition

Different approaches to managing challenging behaviour

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Supporting improved communication and social interaction

Developing daily living skills for children and young people with ASC

*Data source: The NHS Information Centre, Community and Mental Health Team, Brugha, T. et al (2012)

Founder & Chair

Sarah Robinson is the founder and chair of Hope GB, which she pioneered over eleven years ago.  The charity has grown from a simple coffee morning she arranged following the diagnosis of her son, to a thriving network of families receiving and offering support across Torfaen and further afield.

Sarah is passionate about ensuring that inclusion, diversity and fairness is central to everything the charity does.  Her commitment to championing the needs of those affected by autism has enabled families to access a broad mix of meaningful and innovative opportunities for them to receive support and exercise more control over their own futures.

She is a sought-after autism awareness trainer, chairs the Torfaen Autism Stakeholder Group and established the highly coveted Torfaen Autism Awards.

 Sarah and her husband have three amazing children aged between 12 and 17, two of which have an ASC diagnosis.

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Making a difference in our Community

We have big ambitions for Hope GB, but intend to stay true to our focus on supporting the families and carers of people with autism.

One of the progressive ways we’re aiming to do this is by designing and developing a bespoke community-based café as a social enterprise.  We want this to provide a high quality learning experience for young people and young adults with autism, who are making their way in the world of work.

The idea is that we offer training and development in a real-life working café – with paying customers – which will help build social as well as technical skills.

People selected for the project will work towards a formal qualification.  It’s an exciting project which will require a lot of investment, but directly tackles the issue of higher than average levels of unemployment for people with ASC.  It should also create options for café graduates, giving them the experience that can be so hard to find.

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Autism Stakeholder Group

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Our office is open during school term times on Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 -3pm   – Out of office hours please feel free to leave phone messages or send emails and we will respond at our earliest convenience!  (Usually within 48hours)

Hope GB,
Griffithstown Baptist Church,
Commercial Street,
Griffithstown,
Pontypool NP4 5JF

Call Us: 07595 455 067

hellohopegb@gmail.com