Empowering autistic women and girls to be their authentic selves
We are run by autistic women and specialist autism professionals
Aurum is run by a team of autistic women and specialist autism professionals.
Charlotte is awaiting an assessment for autism herself and supports our girl's groups. She enjoys supporting the groups as it makes her feel happy to see the girls come out of their shell. She has noticed that they seem to be getting more confident and comfortable; whether that be speaking without the help of mum or dad, or taking charge and explaining a game to everyone. Charlotte comes away from the groups feeling that she has done something positive and she is proud of the girls for the progress that they are making.
Daisy received her autism diagnosis in 2022. She helps with the girl's group and enjoys seeing the girls grow in confidence. Daisy is keen to build awareness of autism and is going to be involved with speaking at our parent groups later this year. She is also in the process of writing a book for children that focuses on life from the perspective of a dog.
Elaine is an experienced mentor and coach. She has over 13 years' experience supporting neurodiverse adults working within an autism charity. Elaine has specialised in offering employment support, for people seeking employment and for those already employed. She has considerable experience offering information, advice and guidance and facilitating social discussion groups for autistic adults. She is currently studying for a degree in counselling, alongside working in a Further Education college as pastoral support.
Emma has been a member of our women's group since Aurum was set up in 2021. She has experienced first hand the benefits of attending the Aurum groups and receiving individual support from Aurum, and was keen to join the committee so that she could use her experiences to help Aurum develop over the coming years as we become a registered charity.
Lynn is an experienced autism community services manager and qualified teacher. She has 14 years of experience supporting autistic adults in employment, education, social and discussion groups and through an information, advice and guidance service.
Natalie received her diagnosis of autism in 2018. She has a PhD in Psychology and over 12 years experience working alongside autistic people and people experiencing mental health difficulties in inpatient and community settings. She is also a trainee Psychotherapist and has a particular interest in supporting individuals who have experienced trauma.
Rachel is an independent dance artist based in Malvern, interested in somatic work, inclusive practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is a leading exponent of inclusive aerial dance and aerial yoga, with 40 years’ of experience in directing, producing, and managing aerial and dance projects with people with and without disabilities, impairment, and neurodivergencies.
She has been working as lead artist with EVERYBODY DANCE since its inception in 2011 and has been teaching Vayu Aerial Yoga since 2016.
Rebecca received her diagnosis in 2014 when she was 18. She has recently become a member of the committee and is going to be doing some mentoring as well, which she is really looking forward to. Rebecca says "being part of Aurum has really helped me, so having the opportunity to provide some support for other members is very important to me".
Sara is autistic with several other autistic people in her family. She works with another autism charity leading an autistic women’s discussion group and a parenting group for autistic parents, and additionally works as a trainer and autism specialist mentor. She has a PGDip in Autism (Adults) and is part way through a PhD at the University of Birmingham exploring the experiences of autistic people accessing maternity services. She is committed to improving services for autistic people.
Susan is a chartered accountant and tax adviser who runs her own practice in Malvern, having previously worked for a number of years at KPMG and PwC.
Since her daughter’s diagnosis, Susan has seen at first hand the excellent range of much needed support provided by Aurum and as a member of the Committee is delighted to support its work.
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