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About Us

We’re a parent support group for autistic children and their families in the borough of Lewisham, South East London, UK. Established by parents, and run by parents for parents, we’ve been going since 1993. From the original 20 families we have swelled to over 200, and now also include some schools and professionals as members too.

It’s a vibrant community here at SIGNAL. We work in lots of different areas, and with many different local groups, to try and improve the quality of the lives of our autistic children – educationally, socially and emotionally – no matter where they are on the spectrum.

Equally, we make efforts to support the whole family, so there’s a strong focus on supporting parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and of course, the siblings of autistic children too, who face their own challenges.

So, if you’re a family in Lewisham with an autistic child, and you’re looking for a community to join so you can be supported, and in turn support others like yourselves, you’ve come to the right place. You are very welcome to come along to any of our Thursday evening meetings or coffee mornings and find out more, or just download a membership form and post it off.

If you’d like to chat to someone before attending an event, or to find out more about joining, please get in touch – go to Contact Us for details.

 

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Policies

  • Posted on 31st May 2016

In this section you will find SIGNAL’s policies and guidelines, including Child Protection and Data…

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Our Team

Other than two part-time paid roles, SIGNAL is run entirely by volunteers. Here are some of our team ...

Candida Burrows

Candida Miles

Part-time Manager

Candida is the part-time Manager for SIGNAL and responsible for keeping us ticking over. Candida says ...

Lesley

Lesley Hutton

Volunteer - The Chair

Lesley has been the Chair of SIGNAL since 2014. Lesley says ... I joined SIGNAL in 2013 soon af

Sally Fricker

Sally Fricker

Fundraiser - Sessional worker

Sally is our sessional fundraiser overseeing all grant funding. She also volunteers in a variety of ways. Sa

Kevin Cody

Kevin Cody

Volunteer - Treasurer

Kevin has been the Treasurer for SIGNAL since 2014. Kevin says ... I have a grown up daughter

Hayley Porter

Hayley Porter

Volunteer - Professional Liaison

Hayley joined the SIGNAL Committee as Professional Liaison in 2016, having been working at Brent Knoll Speciali

Kevin Mantle

Kevin Mantle

Volunteer

Kevin is  a general Committee member. Kevin says ... I'm the father of Owen, who goes to Brent Knoll. On

Helen Delaney

Helen Delaney

Volunteer

Helen is a general committee member. Helen says ... I became a member of SIGNAL not long after

Alejandra Jimenez

Alejandra Jimenez

Volunteer

Alejandra is one of the general Committee members. Alejandra says ... When my son was first dia

Anne Barrett - Volunteer

Anne Barrett

Volunteer

Anne hosted committee meetings, looks after the website and buys baguettes for the summer party. She was a Tr

  • A very effective and essential charity providing real support to hundreds of families

    I have known SIGNAL (and its predecessor charity, ALAS) and cooperated closely with the charity since I first came to work in Lewisham in 1993. The work of SIGNAL has grown over the years with a large increase in

    Dr Tony O’Sullivan, retired paediatrician from Kaleidoscope
  • Feeling supported and making friends

    When my son was first diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome it was scary - a roller coaster journey. Being a part of SIGNAL brought opportunities to learn and talk to others coping with similar issues. In the meanti

    Anne, SIGNAL Member
  • A great day out at Legoland!

    We had an amazing day at Legoland. My son was the perfect height to go on to most of the rollercoasters. It was a day we won't forget or stop appreciating. Thank you SIGNAL for all your hard work in organising i

    Nicole, SIGNAL Member