Autism charity struggling to cope with demand

The autism charity Daisy Chain says it is struggling to provide families in the Tees Valley with what they need. The charity has had a 28% cut in income but say they have seen a 600% increase in demand for their services.

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Autism charity 'aware of needs in the Tees Valley'

The Chief Executive of a charity that offers advice and activities for children and young people with autism, says they must appeal for public help to support the demand for their services.

Daisy Chain has seen a 28% drop in income at a time when the need for services is on the rise. Staff say it is putting a strain on resources.

We are acutely aware of the need that is out there across the Tees Valley. Our socialclubs have waiting lists, our parent services are full and with families constantly being referred to us, we know that what we are providing is needed.

We have decided to take action. We must meet the needs of our families and as such we have decided to appeal to the public to help us. We need to increase our income before we need to look at downsizing our resources.

– Matt Simpson, Chief Executive of Daisy Chain

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Autism charity struggles to cope with demand

Demand for the services Daisy Chain provides is on the increase
Demand for the services that Daisy Chain provide is increasing but staff say a 28% cut in resources is putting a strain on the charity. Credit: ITV News

A support group which has seen a 600% rise in demand for its services and a big drop in income says it is now struggling to provide families with the help they need.

Daisy Chain offers advice and activities for children and young people with autism. The charity, based on Teesside, says more youngsters are now being diagnosed with the condition and it has more than 50 families waiting to join up.