About AP Cymru  & Team AP

AP Cymru provide a peer support outreach service for families going through the autism 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 autistic and are parents to autistic 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 autistic people and their families. This in turn assists with ending the stigma which is still sadly linked to autism 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.
CallumGraphic Design & Media Guru
Callum joined the team in January 2019 and his life has never been the same since. He is a great addition and has settled in very well. All of our posters & graphics are designed by him plus he manages the content of our website! Callum has first hand lived experience of autism as his siblings are on the spectrum. Also, he is the son of our Charity Manager – Donna!
JamieSales Guru
Jamie joined the team in June 2019 and has been driving us crazy ever since. He is fun to have around and has quickly become part of the AP family. He manages all of our pre-loved online sales from the sourcing to the posting. Jamie has first hand lived experience of autism and is the son of our Founder – Karen!
ClaireMembers 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
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
TaliaSocial Media Guru
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.
TraceyFundraiser & Programme Development Support
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 ’

CharlotteCommunity Fundraising Manager
Mum of 2 boys, one who is on the spectrum. Started volunteering here 10 years ago and then left to get married and have my boys. I have since studied childcare and worked as a teaching assistant. I am now back and loving being part of the team again.