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AutismAble Expands Horizons: New Ventures and Community Engagement at The Hub

AutismAble is delighted to share some wonderful news with the community. Thanks to generous funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery North East and Cumbria, we have been able to expand our services at the Westoe Crown Community Hub (The Hub), bringing new opportunities for engagement and relaxation to individuals of all ages and abilities.

The grant has enabled us to build two outdoor houses at The Hub, each serving a unique purpose. The first house will become the “Sensory House,” a cosy space designed to provide comfort and stimulation for those with sensory processing needs. The second house will be transformed into “Empowered Beauty,” a salon where members of AutismAble’s Business Enterprise Group will offer nail services and hand and arm massages to the public, starting soon.

What makes our new additions truly special is the hands-on involvement of our members. They’ve taken the reins in designing and painting the sheds, infusing them with character and personality. This not only showcases their skills but also creates a sense of ownership and pride in the community space they’ve helped create.

But that’s not all! With the additional funding, we are introducing some exciting outdoor activities for the community to enjoy. The “Zen Kids Club,” happening every Thursday from 4 to 5 pm starting June 6th, invites children aged 4-12 to participate in mindful crafts, smoothie making, healthy snack preparation, and kids yoga for a small fee of £3.50. Additionally, there’s a free gardening club every Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm, starting June 12th, where people of all ages can come together to undwind outside and create new friendships.

These new initiatives, funded by People’s Health Trust, reflect our ongoing commitment to creating inclusive and welcoming spaces where everyone feels valued and supported. As our service continues to grow and evolve, we invite the community to come and join in the journey of empowerment and acceptance for neurodivergent individuals and beyond.

If you would like to find out more about our new offerings, including how to sign up, please email

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each of the regional and country lotteries raising money through The Health Lottery, and distributes grants.

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