February 2019

Elaine Nicholson is a finalist in the National Autistic Society ‘The Autism Professionals Awards 2019’. Winners to be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham Town Hall on 7th March 2019.

(Elaine did not win, but considered her nomination as an honour)


January 2019

Elaine Nicholson was made ‘Alumnus of the Month’ by Leicester De Montfort University.

December 2018

A little overdue is this news, but we warmly welcome Jane Letts to our board of trustees. This is Jane’s bio:

I grew up in Northamptonshire from an agricultural background.  I enjoyed helping out on the family farm which ranged from tractor driving to bookkeeping.

Growing up I always felt a bit different to other children, and in my twenties I was diagnosed as being dyslexic and this explained some of my difficulties, but not all of them.

I studied Law at UEA, Norwich and I eventually qualified as a legal executive.  Over the years I worked for local law firms.  I worked mainly in conveyancing and now I am learning about private client work at a local firm of solicitors.

After going through a bit of a crisis in my life, I was finally diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome.  I have had much support and help from Elaine and AfA.  I now want to return the kindness I have received and help people affected by Asperger’s in the small way that I can.

Jane Letts pictured above.

November 2018

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Elaine Nicholson, Action for Asperger’s CEO took her ‘what works when counselling autistic lives‘ talk to the World Autism Congress in Houston, Texas, during this month.

October 2018

Elaine Nicholson is a finalist of the Guardian Public Servant of the Year 2018 competition.  Elaine said of this nomination: “I am both humbled and honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted for this prestigious award…totally unexpected, but a wonderful surprise nonetheless”. The winner will be decided by a public vote.

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NB: Elaine did not win the public vote, but was nonetheless honoured and delighted to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award.

September 2018

New trustees Jane Letts and Frances Mackenzie have been recruited this month. Their biographies and photographs to follow shortly.

April 2018

We have a new trustee. Neil Bastow will replace Jo Minns. Jo is staying, but as a figurehead for ‘complaints’ only. Jo is about to embark upon a Master’s degree on top of full-time working, hence her decision to resign as trustee.  We wish her well. Meanwhile, we welcome Neil to the charity. This is what Neil has to say:

Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 14.11.06My name is Neil Bastow and I’m 50 something, I live in the idyllic seaside town of Rhos on Sea on Wales’ North West Coast. I am married with 5 children, 1 still in full time education. I have been working with adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism since 2006 but have come from a family exclusively in health care. Working with Autism has been the delight of my life as I can really make a change in people’s lives whereas all preceding jobs paled into insignificance. I work for two companies, Cartrefi Cymru with who I manage houses for people with LD/Autism and for Focus Care Wales with whom I work exclusively with one man with challenging behaviour, and as the Facilitator for the Social Club for High functioning Autism and Asperger’s people. This is the arena that brought me into contact with the remarkable lady “Sonia Owen” whom you all know. My capacity is not to run the club but to be there for those times life puts obstacles in the way, that the club members are not yet equipped to deal with. I also love taking on the authorities when they play fast and loose with peoples PIP. I am also a town councillor for the Bay of Colwyn Town Council and chair the General Purpose and Planning committee.  For Fun ??? I run Marathons, Half Marathons, Endurance races of most kinds with the absolute conviction that I’ll never win…Also repair cars as it was my previous life.

January 2018

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Thank you The Landmark Trust for giving our charity this beautiful house – Cavendish Hall – for five days gratis so that some of our adult Asperger’s syndrome clients can have a holiday. Roll on springtime!

March 2017


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July 2016

We are now pleased to offer FREE apps for you to download. One is the Action for Asperger’s app that includes our news feeds, while the other is our GROUNDING app. The grounding app is particularly useful when an individual is anxious and/or about to go into ‘fight and flight’ mode. The app suggests some useful strategies for calming and prevention of meltdown.

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June 2016

On 10th June, 2016, Founder of Action for Asperger’s, Elaine Nicholson, was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:

Elaine Nicholson, CEO/Founder/Counsellor on 9th June 2016, was awarded from the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, a ‘Point of Light’ award:

Check links for information.

May 2016

At a prestigious awards ceremony in Mayfair, London, we were awarded, for the second year running, this marvellous award. We are extremely thankful to the organisers of the Engagement and Loyalty Awards for making this possible. This was awarded for our work that is to do with reaching out to hard-to-reach clients using technology.


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February 2016

Halifax Giving Extra Awards Winner, Elaine Nicholson, nominated by Sonia Owen.

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March 2015

Elaine Nicholson appearance in Channel Five – ‘My Violent Child’ – (Tearing us apart episode).

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  MHPF WINNER of the personalised care and support in mental health award, judged by TLAP, and awarded to Elaine Nicholson, who received the award on the behalf of Action for Asperger’s, at The Oval, London, on 22nd April, 2015.  The award was in recognition of the impact of personalisation in transforming an individual’s support and was awarded to AfA for our work in providing a bespoke 24-hour accessible support to people with, and those affected by autism.


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At a grand ceremony in The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London on 30 April 2015, Action for Asperger’s won the Award for the best engagement project in the not-for-profit sector for our use of technology in the therapeutic setting; transforming lives affected by autism. 

After years of behind-the-scenes working, we are delighted to have our work recognised this way, and hope that such recognition will encourage potential funders to come forward to help us to take our award-winning work upwards and onwards.  




AfA is also Charity of the Year 2015/16 for BNI Synergy, Peterborough. We are proud and pleased to have been nominated by this BNI chapter.

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In December 2014 we received the great news that we had been selected by The Yorkshire Building Society to receive £10,000 to develop our service further. This was marvellous news, and with this income we will be buying diagnostic equipment and a specialist sensory trolley that will be used in conjunction with our counselling work.
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Other news:-

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19 July, 2013: Elaine Nicholson, CEO, ‘Highly Commended for Disability Awareness (Alumni of the Year) 2013’ from Leicester DeMontfort University.

Above: Elaine pictured with DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard

30th April, 2012: at the Pride in Peterborough Awards, Elaine won Carer/Health Professional of the Year Award 2012

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Elaine pictured with Antony Cotton, receiving her award at The Pride in Peterborough Awards evening sponsored by the Evening Telegraph and Costa. Beautiful glass trophy and certificate for this category sponsored by Coloplast.