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Autism Initiatives UK is a charity that was established in 1974.


Pat Minshull had a son Peter, with autism, and was concerned about the lack of specialised help available at that time.  She led an extensive fundraising campaign, supported by her helpers and friends.  This led to the establishment of PeterhouseSchool in Chambers Road, Southport.  A second Victorian house, also in Chambers Road, was acquired in 1977 to accommodate the increasing number of pupils seeking specialist provision.  The school continued to expand and moved to its present site in 1993.


By 1985 the charity had developed further, and a separate provision, Petersfield Autistic Community was established in Crosby catering for young adults.  The Crosby site, Pat Minshull House, is now our Head Office.  Peter Minshull lives in his own house in the community, supported by Autism Initiatives.


The organisation now has:

  • A school for 48 pupils
  • Children’s residential services
  • An outreach education service
  • Adult residential services throughout the northwest of England, Yorkshire, Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland
  • Adult day services
  • Respite provision
  • Community support
  • Training and consultancy An autism advisory service

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