Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t live in Leeds but do live in a neighbouring local authority. Am I allowed to access your services?

Sadly, we are unable to support people living outside of the Leeds City Council area. It is due to the way in which Leeds Autism AIM is funded. However, we would aim to give you information/ signposting if we were aware of services local to you.

I want to come to your hub sessions, but can I do so without booking an appointment?

At the moment, any sessions we are running at the Lovell Park Hub are appointment-only. To book an appointment, you can do so by contacting us.

I don’t have an autism diagnosis, but am currently waiting for one. Am I allowed to access Leeds Autism AIM?

If you are seeking a diagnosis or are on the waiting list for a diagnostic referral, you can still contact us or come to our hub sessions, but for referrals to the mentoring service, you need to have an autism diagnosis.

How do I make a referral to your service?

We have an online referral form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/PweSMxmvMw. Once completed, we will be in touch to see how we can help you.

I am looking to volunteer with Leeds Autism AIM. How do I become one?

If you want to volunteer with us, all you need to do is get in touch and say whether you’d like to be a mentor, volunteer advocate or help out at our hub sessions. You can find out more on our Get involved page.

I am a parent, carer or partner of an autistic person. Am I allowed to go to your hubs on their behalf?

You are! We provide advocacy, information and signposting to carers/parents/partners, as well as professionals. We have given information to many carers since the project was set up in 2014 and have a carer on our steering group.

Are any autistic people involved in running Leeds Autism AIM?

Yes – Leeds Autism AIM is co-led by autistic adults. Seven of our current members of staff are autistic. All of our current steering group members are autistic too.

Are Leeds Autism AIM a separate organisation?

No. Leeds Autism AIM is part of The Advonet Group, an independent advocacy charity in Leeds. Our staff are employed by The Advonet Groupand we incorporate advocacy principles and values in our approach.

Is parking available at the Lovell Autism Hub?

There is limited parking for visitors in the small car park opposite the building, as well as on the pavement in front of the Hub. To park in either area, you need to get a parking permit from reception as soon as you enter and place the permit on your dashboard. When you leave the Hubs, you need to give the permit back to us.