Autism Plus

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Autism Plus
Formation 1986
Headquarters Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Leader Philip Bartey

Autism Plus is charity in England, United Kingdom. An Autism specialist charity, they offer support to adults and young people with autism autistic, learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

Autism Plus support includes residential and supported living, adult learning, community outreach, employment support and social enterprises. Autism Plus is an autism specialist, but understanding many people with Autism often have another condition, they changed their name to recognise this, the 'Plus' in the name signifies they support people with autism and other complex conditions.


Autism Plus was started in 1986 by a group of parents with autistic children under the name of Thorne House Autistic Community. Thorne House initially provided services for a small number of young adults who were leaving special schools in the local area as no appropriate adult provision was available. Since then the charity has grown considerably and now provides a diversity of services throughout Yorkshire to many people affected by autism and related conditions.[citation needed]

In 2006 Thorne House Services for Autism changed its name to Autism Plus to reflect the wider range of disabilities of the people they support and to reflect the person centred, holistic approach of its services.[citation needed]

In 2006 Philip Bartey was appointed Chief Executive. With a background in marketing Philip has worked in the food and drink industry for Cadbury Schweppes, Harveys of Bristol the sherry and port shippers and other Allied Lyons group companies. He was also on the board of a family business in Hull, a non executive director of the Harvest Housing Group in Manchester and a founder Trustee of Cancer Bridge Ltd (later St Camillus) in Hexham that later merged with Maggies Centres. He was Chief Executive for Leonard Cheshire Services in Northumbria based in Newcastle during the early 1990s.[citation needed]

In April 2009 Norman Adsetts was appointed as Chairman.[citation needed]

In November 2011 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended a dinner held by Autism Plus at The Cutlers Hall, Sheffield to talk about the 'Heart Attack' in the British Economy. He praised the work of Autism Plus and The Adsetts Partnership led by Sir Norman Adsetts OBE for their commitment to partnership and to creating employment through the creation of social enterprise and open employment placements.[citation needed]

The Adsetts Partnership[edit]

Autism Plus are founder members of The Adsetts Partnership. A number of medium-sized voluntary sector providers operating in the north of England which have come together under the umbrella The Adsetts Partnership to work collaboratively. Member organisations are drawn from a range of sectors - social care, health care, education, employment, BME.[citation needed]


Simon Weston O.B.E. became patron of Autism Plus in 2010.[1] Earl and Countess of Scarbrough are also patrons of the Autism Plus Future Plus Appeal.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Simon Weston". Simon Weston OBE. Archived from the original on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 

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