Award for local Autism charity

Written by on 13th March 2023

Stevie Jay Pyne and Emily Louise Davies from local charity Autismandus are the latest to be recognised for their achievements by Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter.

Despite only forming in early 2022, Autismandus has grown to become the biggest support network for families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Stevie and Emily both have children with ASD and wanted to use their experiences navigating the education and health systems to help as many families as possible.

Only a year after forming, Autismandus and have developed a range of support for parents of children with ASD, including 1-2-1 support and phone calls, educational resources and workshops, access to professionals and experts, and more.

The ‘Cynon Valley Champion’ awards were set up by local MP Beth Winter MP to recognise Cynon Valley residents who go above and beyond to improve lives and make a difference in their communities.

Stevie and Emily was nominated for the award by Suzanne Parker, a parent who has benefited from Autismandus.

Nominator Suzanne said

“I personally can’t say thank you enough to both these ladies for all the support, help and advice.”

“Every week they set up a poll looking how they can help more. I appreciate all the hard work both mothers put into this charity.”

Speaking after presenting the award at Perthcelyn Community Centre, Winter said,

“It speaks volumes that in only a year, Stevie and Emily have built the biggest support network in RCT for parents of children with ASD.”

“Their dedication and passion to push for positive change for children with ASD is so inspiring and it was lovely to spend some time with them and some of the families they have supported in Perthcelyn.”

“Our greatest asset in Cynon Valley is our amazing people. I am determined that we spend more time celebrating the incredible people in our communities like Stevie and Emily.”

“Thank you to Suzanne for nominating Autismandus as very worthy Cynon Valley Champions!”

“If there is somebody in your community who deserves to be recognised for whatever reason, get in touch with my office.”

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