BRIDPORT-based charity ASCape has won a three-year grant of £45,000 from BBC Children in Need.

The money will enable ASCape to continue to offer its core programme of activities in the Bridport area to provide a safe environment for Autistic children and young people aged 4-25 to meet up and gain peer support.

Part of the funding is specifically earmarked to extend activities to families with Autistic children and young people in Weymouth and Portland. 

Founded in 2018 by local parents due to a lack of provision and support for their children, ASCape is now a growing community of over 600 people and directly supports over 100 children through a range of family-based activities.

Family support is offered by ASCape through its regular Wellbeing Afternoons aimed at parents and carers, helping them relax and regroup in a supportive environment.

ASCape co-Director Bekkie Webb said: “Winning the Children in Need award is a lifeline for ASCape and a great vote of confidence in what we are doing. 

"ASCape is run almost entirely by the parents of Autistic children and young people. We are a small but mighty charity providing life-changing support to more and more families on a tiny budget and we rely heavily on our amazing volunteers.

"Without people like ASCape parent volunteer, Victoria Thomas, who will be coordinating the new Weymouth and Portland activities, we couldn’t do what we do.

"Anyone who’s interested in volunteering with ASCape can find out more about us and get in touch via our website.

"We are in great need of volunteers whether you can offer just a little time or a more regular commitment.

"We are also looking for venues and activity providers who would keen to work with us to help us expand our activities in Weymouth and Portland. If you think you can help- please get in touch.”