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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.

 

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 ...

Sarah Gregory

Chair

Sarah is the Chair of SIGNAL. Sarah says ... I joined SIGNAL after my oldest son was diagnosed

Candida Burrows

Candida Burrows

Part-time Manager

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

Helen Delaney

Helen Delaney

Fundraiser

Helen is the fundraiser for SIGNAL. Helen says ... I became a member of SIGNAL in 2013, not lon

Charmaine Perry

Sessional Worker - Activities

Charmaine is the person to speak to regarding SIGNAL swimming and trampolining activities.

Kevin Cody

Kevin Cody

Volunteer - Treasurer

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

Mary McInerney

Trustee

Mary is a Trustee for SIGNAL. Mary says ... Aged 18 I went as a CSV (community service vo

Iona Sinclair

Trustee

Iona is a Trustee of SIGNAL. Iona says ... My son was diagnosed with autism in 2013 just

Sally Edwards

Sally Edwards

Trustee

Sally has been a trustee and member of the Committee since June 2020 Sally says I've been a Sig

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

  • 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