Background/Mission Statement

NEWS AND EVENTS - for more details see the News and Events page.


Life After School

4th Nov 2017


Join us for this one day event where we will be discussing the experiences of young people on the spectrum as they grow up. Looking at issues ranging from going to college or university, employment, social activities and vulnerabilities and the law. Speakers include those on the spectrum and professionals working with young people on the spectrum.

Book here


Puppet and Mask Drama Workshops

9th & 10th August 2017


An opportunity to devise your own play as group using puppetry, masks and drama. It aims to support those with an interest in drama to work together to build new skills both in drama and in social interaction.

Sessions are 10-3 on the 9th and 10th August in Church Walk Parish Rooms, Ulverston. The cost is £20 per session. To book please email Suzanne on


Autus Fundraising Night

3rd June 2017


Saturday, 3rd June 7pm at Millom Cricket Club! JK as Robbie Williams, top raffle prizes include spa day retreats, Tom Tom satnav, local attraction tickets, champagne teas and much much more!


Sir John Fisher Foundation Donation

23rd January 2017


The team would like to extend a big thank you to the Sir John Fisher Foundation for awarding us some funding which means we are able to continue our Monday night youth group in association with our partner Leonard Cheshire!


Boxing Club Donation

16th November 2016


We want to thank Geoff and his team at Barrow Amateur Boxing Club for the wonderful donation of £1500! We are so grateful for the support and all donations will go to supporting people with autism and their families in the local area!




In March 2011, Jemma Swales (Psychology BSc, Postgrad Certificate in autism) set up "Jemma Swales Autism Services" as an independent autism practitioner in Cumbria. By early 2013 Jemma realised that the need for services of this type was greater than one person working alone could provide. She started discussing ideas with a small group of parents of young people on the autistic spectrum. Initially they decided to run a series of holiday activities for young autistic people in the area starting in the summer of 2013. These were a success and the group decided that it was time to set up a unique and proactive team. 'Autus' was born!


Holiday activities have run every summer, Christmas and Easter holiday since then and the range of activites being run is steadily expanding.


Mission Statement


Autus promotes understanding, inclusion and equal opportunities for individuals within the autistic spectrum.

Autus promotes a holistic support network within a safe and calm environment.



Aims and Objectives


  • To provide specialist support to individuals and families affected by autism and related conditions within a holistic approach.
  • To promote awareness and understanding of ASC's to both the general community and providers of services.
  • To allow individuals with ASCs and their families to access a range of activities, support and advice that aim to: enhance social and emotional wellbeing, build friendships, support the development of skills and provide short breaks for parents.


Autus offers a range of group holiday activities, as described on this website. We welcome suggestions for extra services and activities. A questionnaire is available to (download here) that helps us identify priority areas where local families would appreciate extra services. You are also welcome to e-mail us with any additional requests or suggestions but please note that activities will need to be expanded slowly to ensure that the service is sustainable.