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AutismAble Receives Grant to Empower Young People to Take Action on the Climate Emergency

Funding has been awarded to develop projects focused on inspiring young people to engage with and take action on the climate emergency.

South Shields-based Community Interest Company, AutismAble, is one of three North East groups that have been awarded grants of up to £40,000 to empower young people to take action on the climate emergency.

Funding has been awarded through the Energy Saving Trust Foundation’s Youth Climate Action Fund, supported by Airbnb. The successful initiatives include:

  • Workshops to raise environmental awareness among autistic young people
  • A project focused on empowering young people to preserve and celebrate their local environment
  • Vocational training opportunities in the circular economy for care-experienced young people.

Andrew Forster, Service Development Director at AutismAble, said: 

“We are thrilled to announce that AutismAble has been chosen as a partner by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation for our ‘Think Smart’ Project.

“This initiative will be led by and for autistic individuals through our ‘Young Persons Voice’ Group and aims to provide young people and their families with knowledge and practical solutions to address environmental challenges.

“’Think Smart’ will focus on raising environmental awareness, promoting energy efficiency, engaging with clean energy opportunities, and launching community-based renewable energy projects.

“Our goal is to directly engage at least 36 young people in our workshops but also to extend our reach and influence to over 100 family members by 2026.”

Jim Metcalfe, chair of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, added:

“Young people across the UK are committed to tackling the climate emergency. Our aim as a Foundation is to back young people to feel confident about taking climate action because we know that many may not have the opportunities and tools to get started, especially if they are experiencing social exclusion.

“We’re proud to announce the charities and organisations across the country who we will be working with over the next two years to deliver climate-focused projects in local communities.”

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