CASPA has been providing invaluable support and enriching experiences to autistic / neurodivergent children, young people and their families since 2002.
Beginning as a small group run by parents in a church hall, we have grown into a multifaceted, award-winning charity and a supportive, fun and caring community of likeminded people who think differently. We now reach upwards of 500 individuals of all ages and their families through a wide range of clubs, activities, support groups and more.
CASPA is built on both an appreciation of the unique and exceptional attributes, perspectives and gifts that autistic people have and a mission to address many of the challenges that the autistic community faces by fostering and promoting the development of life skills, true friendships, access to opportunities and participation in society.
CLUBS & SERVICES
Our clubs and services include: social clubs in age divisions, weekend and holiday trips and activities (including our beloved summer residentials), life skills workshops and online communities. From feeding curiosity with science and technology club Big Bang to getting active with exercise groups, from self-expression though performing arts activities to fostering team spirit with football group CASPA Kicks there’s fun and connection to be had whatever your interests!
We are based in the London Borough of Bromley and operate at a number of venues in central Bromley, Orpington, West Wickham and Beckenham but welcome members from the surrounding areas. Our online services can be accessed from anywhere.
WHY WE DO IT
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that impacts how an individual experiences the world and can encompass communication and sensory differences, an attachment to routine and intense special interests. Many autistic people report that they struggle to access mainstream social, educational and job opportunities which leads to isolation, anxiety and frustration. This has detrimental impacts on their self-esteem, health and general wellbeing.
Our goals encompass efforts to facilitate social connection, raise awareness, empower self-advocacy and promote positivity and acceptance towards autistic people as well as helping the individual with their particular struggles and goals in order that they can develop life skills and become the best and healthiest version of themselves.
By working together, CASPA can help individuals gain the access to opportunities and enriching experiences that they deserve. There’s lots of ways for you to get involved in our dynamic, welcoming community.