Daisy Chain is a unique charity that addresses the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families
The charity, which was established in 2003, provides a range of services, including support and activity groups for the whole family from the 5.5 acre farm in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees. Autism has a huge impact on the whole family so Daisy Chain takes into account the needs of the child, parents, carers and siblings.
With more than half a million people in the UK with autism, it is much more common than most people think. Taking into consideration family members and professionals involved in the care and support of people with autism, more than 2.3 million are affected.
People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events that they struggle to make sense of. This can cause them considerable anxiety, in particular when trying to understand and relate to other people, and take part in everyday family and social life.
This is where Daisy Chain comes in; we work to remove that anxiety by providing a safe, fun and friendly environment, where children can be themselves. Parents and carers can sometimes need an extra hand of support, respite or even just someone to talk to whilst siblings can enjoy time to themselves and to interact with other children that have brothers and sisters with autism.
We believe that Daisy Chain makes a demonstrable, significant and sustainable difference to the lives of the hundreds families across the Tees Valley we help.