Ipswich’s IGC for Autism is celebrating after receiving roughly £10K in National Lottery funding.

The group, which has been operating since January 2023 purely on funds raised by volunteers at fundraising events, will use this financial boost to provide regular sports and activity sessions for autistic children along with resources for supporting parents.

Minakshi Koch kick-started the IGC for Autism after witnessing mothers struggling to find information and assistance, just like her, within the community.

She said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our efforts.

"Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to have sessions that are essential to teach parents how to help their children and make their lives easier and happier."

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Sakshi Kasurde, a volunteer at IGC for Autism, said: “We will make the change we wish to see.

"Slowly but certainly we shall make a difference to the lives of autistic children and prepare them for a better tomorrow.”

The group aims to engage children from all communities, particularly from ethnic minority groups.

Besides physical activities, sessions involve virtual workshops and support from an occupational therapist.