Autism Hampshire

Our History

Below is a timeline of Autism Hampshire's history, from its beginning as a small parent support group to its status as a registered charity and company with commissioned services.

Here are some of the key moments in our history:

CIRCA 1965 Autism Hampshire is founded as the Hampshire Society for Autistic Children 1971 Hope Lodge School opens as Charltons 1983 Autism Hampshire gains charity and company status as The Hampshire Society for Autistic Children and Adults 1991 The Hampshire Society for Autistic Children and Adults becomes The Hampshire Autistic Society 1992 New home for Adult Development Service, the Holt, is built 1994 The Cottage and The Bungalow open for adolescent residents 1995 The Society becomes affiliated with the National Autistic Society 1996 Aspin House opens for 16-19-year-old residents of Hope Lodge School 1997 Autism Hampshire moves its base to Whiteley  1998 Autism Hampshire and three other charities found the Autism Alliance 1999 1-2-6 Project raises £216,120 for new adults’ residence 2002 1a & 1b Brockhurst Road were purchased as residences for autistic adults  2008 The Autism Alert Programme is begun to help autistic people receive support from emergency services 2010 The first Autism Alert App is created 2013 The Hampshire Autistic Society becomes Autism Hampshire. Hope Lodge School closes as Autism Hampshire moves in a different direction 2014 The first Serendipity Social Group, Fareham Highland Hub, begins 2017 New Spectra5 Autism Alert App is launched 2019 Our first charity shop, Serendipity, opens in Fareham 2021 New contracts for online Autism Parent training in Hampshire 2022 Autism Hampshire takes on 16 new homes across Hampshire A Lottery grant provides funding for an extra five Serendipity groups taking the total up to 17 2023 Autism Hampshire merges with Avenues Group

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Charity Reg No: 288141. Reg. No. 01710300.