Founded by Claire Desmond with the support of her husband Finbarr parents to Jack now aged 5, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at aged 2.
Having experienced social isolation due to Jacks inability to cope in the forever changing fast paced environment she reached out to other parents in the area experiencing similar obstacles and began a support group in April 2017.
Since their first meeting, other parents have found comfort and experienced the strong support B.A.P.S network of parents have to offer.
Claire Sought out charitable status by making contact with Arch Federation of Friendship Clubs for children with special needs who accepted her application in May 2017, the club is now registered under the Arch Umbrella CHY 7031.
Families are now feeling supported and are signed up to club activities with many more families expected too join in the coming months.
The club is run and assisted by a team of volunteers some who have come forward voluntarily offering their professional experience such as Special Needs Assistants in the area already working in local schools as well as friends and family.
All volunteers, parents and external services are Garda Vetted prior to club activities.
The aims of Bandon Autism Parent Support Arch Club are:
In January 2019, BAPS will open its planned SUPPORT CENTRE '' Jack & Friends'' for children and families with Autism and developmental disabilities.
See TAB Jack & Friends in our MENU for further information.
This is an exciting time for the club and we are delighted to have secured a suitable premises. THANK YOU to the community of CORK for your fundraising support, we are ENTIRELY fundraised through the COMMUNITY.
In order to sustain the club and support centre, we need to rely on YOU for support through fundraising in 2019.