Snowflakes is a volunteer run registered Charity in the North Dublin area for parents of children with autism and their siblings.
Snowflakes Autism Support is a registered charity that is almost entirely funded by the fundraising efforts of its members, friends and family. It is wholly run by a committee of dedicated volunteers, who are themselves parents of children on the spectrum. Our committee members volunteer their time when able to do so, as some have full-time or part-time day jobs, and all are carers to their children. Without this support, we could not provide the events, services and support that we do. We rely on the goodwill of our members to support the committee by volunteering to help out with specific events throughout the year and to fundraise on our behalf.
The next step in our evolution is establishing a Centre for Autism Excellence, a one-stop-shop for autism needs from pre-diagnosis to the transition to adulthood, providing much-needed job and life skills to our ASD members. Most of our work to date has focused on toddlers to pre-teens but as our children are growing older, our organisation is evolving.
We would like to expand into offering services, support and training for young adults in the community transitioning from education to the workplace. A staggering 80% of autistic people are unemployed, which is not only a terrible waste of talent but an active exclusion of a whole tranche of society. This must change, and we would like to pioneer this change. Facilitating all this from a single permanent Centre for Autism Excellence provides a unique focal point for autism services within the community, gives families with autism a one-stop shop for their needs, and gives autistic children, our Snowflakes, a place they can call their own.
Snowflakes are not funded in any way by the HSE or other government departments.