We are delighted to announce that the whole Autism AIM service – Leeds Autism AIM, Yorkshire Autism AIM and Bradford and Craven Autism AIM – has won the Outstanding Service award at this year’s National Advocacy Awards! The prize was awarded to us at the ceremony, which took place in Birmingham on Monday 6th November.
The award was given in recognition of our work in providing advocacy, information and signposting, peer support, post-diagnostic support, consultations and feedback on services and resources. At the ceremony, Autism AIM was described as “innovative” and “edgy”.
We would like to say thanks to everyone who has supported us since the service launched nearly nine years ago. This includes:
- Our funders: NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, The National Lottery Community Fund, Live Well Leeds, Comic Relief, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership
- Our partner organisations: Chapeltown Citizens Advice, Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Learning Disability and Autism Team, Carers Leeds, Leeds Mind, Mind in Bradford, Leeds Health and Care Partnership, Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, Scope in Leeds
- Our colleagues throughout The Advonet Group
- Our Steering Group members, Mentors and other volunteers
- Our clients, who have given us useful feedback on how we can work to be better at supporting autistic adults throughout West Yorkshire
Without your support, we would not have won this award. In the coming months and years, we will continue to look at how we can improve on what we do.