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raised of £20,000 stretch target


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This project will only be funded if at least £500 is pledged by 14th July 2020 at 11:55pm

To create a new home for MAIN that will be help more people in need, offer better services for our users and engage the local community.

by MAIN - Taking Autism Personally in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With another £10,000, we'll be able to protect our space with secure door access and CCTV, helping our visitors stay safe, as well as protecting our legacy. With separate door access to the rest of MAIN, we'll also be able to run sessions for the public in this space without affecting the running of our services with the children and high needs users we support. 

Meet MAIN, and our Alfie


Here’s Alfie, a lad bursting with creativity and an infectious smile, who needs a bit of support from Lauren here at MAIN, so he can learn and play with others. There are lots of kids and adults like Alfie across our region - you probably know some of them - with disabilities like autism and cerebral palsy, but many of them are on a waiting list to get the support they need. Some families are struggling with the diagnosis they just heard, others haven’t had a moment’s break in months, and some just want a safe and comfortable place for their children to play. Can you spare £5 to help more kids like Alfie? Every penny raised will stay right here in the region, to create a new centre that will allow MAIN to double the number of people we can help.

MAIN's Big Build

If you’ve seen DIY SOS - this is MAIN’s Big Build. Thanks to a very generous donation from the Finlay Cooper Fund, we’ve bought our own premises, and we now need to renovate the building so it’s a safe and inspiring space for our visitors by June 2021.


We'll use this funding to create a dedicated soft play area in our new centre which is fully adapted to the needs of children and young people living with disabilities and special educational needs. This space is much-needed to encourage our younger and higher needs visitors to be active, and to enable them to learn, play, interact, and be inspired while feeling safe and comfortable. Over 50% of these visitors have a different sensory profile to a typically developed person, meaning they need sensory stimuli to allow them to de-stress. Play areas must be adapted to avoid sharp or hard surfaces and feature equipment that enables everyone to take part, whatever their ability. 

We'll also use this funding towards a purpose built classroom so that the children and young people we help that can't attend mainstream education are able to receive specialist support right here at MAIN with our qualified staff. We'll need classroom furniture, presentation equipment and a space to display our work. More than that, we want this to be a space that inspires, and we'd like to furnish and decorate it so it can bring out the best in our young people. We will also create a training room in our new centre, where we can deliver accredited and non-accredited training courses in autism and associated conditions including PDA and ADHD. These courses are for parents and carers who want to better understand how to help the young people they look after. They're also for other organisations who want to be more aware and helpful to people with these conditions. The training room will also ideally become available to the public for hire, so we can invite our local community into MAIN and they can see what they do, while using the space for social outreach projects that tackle isolation and loneliness, such as dementia cafes and new parent groups.

This is your opportunity to help. If you, and folks like you, give just £5 today, we could hit that total. We could change lives like Alfie’s. We can create the Finlay Cooper Centre - a beacon for families living with disabilities to get the support and skills they need to thrive.

We all benefit when we can enable others to participate socially, engage in our community and live a fulfilled, independent life. That’s something little Finlay Cooper could be proud to put his name to. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward - A Canvas Tote Bag

We'll send you a MAIN's Big Build canvas tote bag to say thank you and so you can help us raise awareness of this important campaign

£50 or more

£50 Reward - Lend A Hand + Print Yours on The Wall

For donors pledging £50, we'll send you an invitation to the opening of the Finlay Cooper Centre so you can print your helping hand on the wall of our new space. We'll also send you a canvas tote bag to say thank you.

£100 or more

£100 Reward: Your Name In Lights On Our Donor Wall

We want to recognise you and your generosity by putting your name on our donor wall at the new Finlay Cooper Centre. We'll invite you to the opening so you can see 'your name in lights', and we'll also send you a MAIN's Big Build canvas tote bag to say thank you.

£750 or more

£750 Reward: Free Autism Training

If you're an organisation or an individual that wants to not only support a charity helping people with autism, but you'd also like to learn more about the condition, we'd like to reward your donation of £750 with an invitation to a free autism course, held at the new Finlay Cooper Centre in Middlesbrough. We'll also recognise your name or company name on our list of donors, invite you to the opening and send you a MAINs Big build canvas bag.

Let's make 'MAIN's Big Build' happen

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