HACS

Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support is a registered charity which was set up in 1997 by parents and carers within the London Borough of Hillingdon who had a member of their family on the autism spectrum.

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The Charity first operated from a small portakabin on the grounds of a specialist school in Hillingdon, run by volunteers.  Over the years, HACS has grown from a small grass-roots parent support group to an organisation receiving core funding from the London Borough of Hillingdon and 3 major grant funders, with a team of seven Resource Centre staff members and over 80 Recreation staff.  In November 2009, the Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot sourced new premises for the Charity, the current HACS Resource Centre in Hayes. The current facilities include an administration suite, secure outdoor space, sensory room, conference/training room and two classrooms.  This move proved to be a catalyst for expansion of the Charity. A base in the heart of the community significantly raised awareness of HACS and demand for our services amongst both families and professionals increased.

The Charity’s overarching aim is to minimise disability and maximise ability of individuals on the autism spectrum, through provision of high quality Family Support, Training and Recreation Services.  We will strive to improve their quality of life through continued efforts to raise awareness of autism, campaigning for appropriate support at local and national level and by promoting inclusion in universal services.

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We work in close partnership with a range of education, health and social care bodies, both statutory and voluntary within the London Borough of Hillingdon in order to provide efficient and high quality services to the residents of Hillingdon.  HACS are key partners in a newly developed Autism Strategy and Operation Group for the London Borough of Hillingdon.  The ASD Task and Finish group was set up in Hillingdon in December 2012 by the NHS in partnership with the Local Authority to identify priorities in Children’s services for autism moving forward, in line with the “Children’s Pathways Programme”.  HACS are represented on this group which has been a platform for raising awareness of our services in Hillingdon amongst professionals supporting individuals with autism.

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Quality assurance is a priority for HACS; the organisation has achieved PQASSO Level 1 Quality Mark.  The organisation is also a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.  Our staff and Trustees attend networking and training events and have access to the latest news and developments in the third sector.

Subsequently HACS have developed a highly respected and professional reputation, not only in Hillingdon but across West London and are held in highest esteem by the range of professionals, agencies and families who work with us.