After I was elected to the council in May, I was honoured to be made the deputy cabinet member for people and communities which among over things covers health and adult social care. I was delighted also to be made Croydon’s champion for autism.
The champion role is something I wanted from the moment I decided to stand for election in Ashburton. As the father of a four-year-old who has been diagnosed with ASD and another on the waiting list to be diagnosed, it’s a subject I have immersed myself in. With the support of the new administration, I want to make Croydon a flagship borough in helping those on the spectrum, and their carers.
I’ve had numerous meetings with charities, educators, NHS professionals, council staff and front-line service providers to see best practice in many places, but also to find the gaps in services. I am on my own fact-finding exercise and when complete the work, I hope to host an autism forum where issues can be discussed and plans drawn up.
I also have my own ideas for events and services that can make ASD provisions in Croydon the envy of other boroughs, but I want to find out more from people who, like me, live with autism day-in, day-out.
I am asking therefore for anyone with a diagnosis of ASD, parent or carer, to get in touch and let me know where Croydon has got it right or wrong. Autism is a spectrum and I want to hear from all points on the scale and from all ages. I want to know about the services you use, where you think the gaps are and how you think things can be made better.
I can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to me c/o Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX
I look forward to lots of reading.
Coming to Croydon
- Tree Sides, Spread Eagle Theatre, Oct 2-4
- The Goon Show, Spread Eagle Theatre, Oct 8-11
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Cinema Ruskin film show, Oct 18
- South Croydon business breakfast, Oct 18
- Croydon 10km road race, Oct 19
- This Was The World and I Was King, Spread Eagle, Oct 23-25
- Upper Norwood Library Book Club, 2.30pm, Oct 25
- CODA’s Wind In The Willows, Charles Cryer, Carshalton, Oct 29-Nov 1
- Albert Einstein – Relativity Speaking, Spread Eagle, Nov 12-15
- South Croydon business breakfast, Nov 15
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
- Choose Your Own Documentary, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 21-22
- The Last Sense of Sudden, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 27-29
- Ghost Stories for Christmas, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 3
- Fog Horn Funnies, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 6
- South Croydon business breakfast, Dec 13
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
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