Caroline Stevenson - Co-Founder and Trustee
Co-Founder and Trustee
I am married with two adult children and the eldest was diagnosed at 8 years of age with Asperger syndrome. I have previously worked in Accounts and Payroll for fifteen years, including Head of Payroll and Deputy Divisional Accounting Officer for the Inner London Education Authority’s Divisional Office for Camden and Westminster. I am currently a Teaching Assistant at Churchfields Primary School in Beckenham and have previously volunteered in a pre-school, primary school, as well as, with a local scout group as Treasurer.
I am proud to say that I have been committed to CASPA since July 2002, when I met with a small group of parents with children on the Autism Spectrum to discuss ways for our children to socialise and from that meeting the idea of CASPA was formed. Six months later the first CASPA club sessions commenced with myself, a volunteer and another parent facilitating. I was instrumental in setting up and developing CASPA during the first 10 years, including taking on the Treasurer role for 7 years. I have been a Trustee since June 2005, when CASPA became a charity.
As one of my roles as a Trustee at CASPA is Safeguarding, I decided to return to study in 2012 and undertake the Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce Diploma. Since completing it in 2013, I was inspired to continue with studying and achieved a Distinction for the Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and a First Class Honours for the Childhood Studies Bachelor Arts Degree. Following on from my academic achievements and my continued commitment to CASPA, I am now considering what direction I should take in my career, so I can use the experience and knowledge I have gained to further support children, young people and adults on the autism spectrum.