We are fortunate to have a great deal of support for express' vision. Here's what just a few of them said.
'I'm delighted, honoured, privileged, and lots of other superlatives, to have been asked to become a Patron of express. They came along to one of my shows, and we've kept in touch. And the more they tell me about express, the more I think it's a brilliant idea, not just in their borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, but UK-wide. Every town and city should have an express! I'm genuinely thrilled to be involved and I have no doubt that with the passion and drive both Annette and Tracey have, express will thrive and prosper as it should.'
'The plans developed by express are exciting and innovative and represent a real opportunity for people with autism to build self esteem, develop life skills and gain valuable preparation for employment. We fully support the aims of the project and wish it every success'
'express (Surbiton) is a new community interest company set up by two local mums of children with Autism. This is a great project for the whole community, I fully support it and would urge the community to get behind them and local business to do the same.'
'The express ambition to create a hub is innovative and exciting and if it happens, it will benefit many families living with autism as well as the wider community. With statistics (NAS) showing that only 15% of adults with autism are in employment, this is clearly a huge issue that needs addressing. The hub will be a wonderful asset to Kingston and surrounding boroughs,and I fully support the express vision.'
'Families desperately need somewhere to meet up with others, laugh, cry and gossip and share information. And that's even more important when the young person is on the autistic spectrum. I wholeheartedly support express CIC's brilliant ambition to create a safe, comfortable and happy hub in the heart of the community. It's a brilliant initiative which could make all the difference.'
James Berry, former MP for Kingston and Surbiton - 'express CIC is a wonderful local organisation supporting young people with autism and their families. As many as one in a hundred children in Kingston are on the autism spectrum. Children with autism and their families face significant challenges throughout their lives. Tracey and Annette know that from experience, experience they used to form express CIC and fill the gaps in the support that traditional services are able to offer.
I whole-heartedly support express CICs ambition to create a community "hub" for young people with autism and their families in Kingston. express' hub will offer a safe supportive environment - a space where Annette, Tracey and their team can raise awareness and provide guidance, networks and opportunities for families and carers, as well as offering valuable training, tools and encouragement for young people with autism.