About AP Cymru

AP Cymru provide a peer support outreach service for families going through the diagnostic process, and the crucial months which follow, by pooling together our lived experience to provide a warm, friendly, and accessible service. The majority of our staff are Neurodiverse and are parents to Neurodiverse children, so we are able to provide well-rounded, positive, and understanding information to parent/carers.

Our families can access a wide variety of workshops, training courses, clinics, guest speakers, and family fun sessions. The waiting lists for therapies and other services in most areas are incredibly long, therefore the workshops we facilitate allow parent/carers to access general information from professionals while they wait for their child to reach the top of the waiting lists for more individualised programmes.

We also provide fun and interactive workshops for organisations and businesses of all shapes and sizes, creating opportunities to engage in continued professional development which enhance the day-to-day experiences of thousands of Neurodiverse people and their families. This in turn assists with ending the stigma which is still sadly linked to Neurodiversity within our society. Our workshops and talks are not just for adults. We provide assemblies and other talks within schools, catering for all ages and stages from the Early Years Foundation Phase (KS1) through to Key Stage 5.

As AP Cymru is not in receipt of any government or other large-scale grants, we work tirelessly to raise the funds needed to ensure families receive the support they need and deserve. If you would like further information about our charitable aims and objectives, please email us at teamap@apcymru.org.uk.

Team AP

KarenCharity Founder & Director
Karen started the charity in 2010 following the diagnosis of her youngest son. Since then, she has been the driving force behind the charity whilst still maintaining the personal, family-like feeling which our AP families know and love. Karen has extensive knowledge of autism and related conditions, both professionally and personally, as a parent of 2 autistic sons and also being autistic herself. She has trained as a sleep practitioner and also a Lego therapist. Over the ten years of AP Cymru – Karen has been involved with more than a thousand autistic people and their families. She is hugely proud of the fantastic diverse team that manage the Charity on a daily basis.
DonnaOperations Manager
As the Charity Manager, Donna is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, and is Karen’s right hand woman. Since joining in 2013, Donna has piloted many innovative changes, and has positively influenced the number of charity partners we have, particularly with regards to family fun sessions. An experienced fundraiser, she has ‘the gift of the gab’ and continues to pull the charity from strength to strength. Donna feels hugely passionate about autism, creating awareness and acceptance and supporting families as she is a fellow “Autism Mummy” herself.
ClaireOffice Co-ordinator
Claire joined the team in 2015, and since then has grown in confidence and strength both professionally and personally. Claire is responsible for ensuring all new family referrals/applications are responded to promptly, booking family support sessions, supporting the organisation of all workshops and clinics, and is also a peer support worker. With a huge amount of compassion and empathy, Claire is the perfect person to help welcome new members, and does so in a sympathetic and discreet manner.
CerysThe Chameleon Project Co-ordinator & Blogger
Joined our team in 2019 firstly as a volunteer in the charity shop and has progressed to helping with our Wellbeing Wednesday sessions and creating our blog. Cerys was diagnosed at 16 and in the year she has been with us she says that her life has changed massively
TaliaProject Manager
Talia started with AP Cymru in 2018 when she was looking for work experience, but it soon became more than just experience to her when she fell in love with the charity’s mission. Her role involves promoting AP Cymru’s work online, which she describes as a “total pleasure”, because she “couldn’t be prouder of the charity and everything they do”. She previously volunteered as a support worker with autistic children and adults, and feels her own personal connection to the charity’s inclusive environment as somebody who lives with social anxiety.
TraceyFunding Officer
Tracey joined the team in June 2019 (after several years of nagging by Karen).
Bringing with her over 20 years of experience of working and volunteering within the third sector.
Tracey commented ‘I am so proud to finally be part of the AP family and be part of its growth, such a strong important small charity that delivers way above its size, with a passionate team all focused on truly making a difference for others ’

Jodie Davies
Jodie Davies Family Support Services Provider
Hi, I’m Jodie, mum of 2. I first heard of AP whilst I was in uni and attended a volunteering drive. This led to me helping in the shop, a little while later. AP have supported my family and I love that I am now able to give a little something back. I believe every child and family should be fully supported and after going through the statement process with my son, I found it isolating and daunting not having someone to turn to, this is where we can help.
Education is key and I am passionate that every child should have the opportunity to become the best that they can be!
Amy Hopkins
Amy HopkinsFamily Support Services Adviser
As ‘the head’ of a nuerodiverse family, being able to help families in similar positions as mine is hugely important to me and something I’m very passionate about. I have had so much help and support from AP Cymru and to become part of the team is an honour. I hope to help you all as much as I can, and to help point you in the right direction for getting educational support and accessing services. It’s a system I have personal experience with and I look forward to using my knowledge in a productive way