Welcome to Spectrum

Spectrum is a multi-award-winning, parent-led children’s charity. We provide events, sessions, and support for families of children with Autism, additional needs, learning difficulties, and disabilities. As an organisation, we are family-focused, advocates of collaboration, passionate about increasing inclusion and reducing isolation whilst supporting Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND). Our membership is free.

Our team are all parents of children with Autism, additional needs and disabilities, or work with SEND every day. We understand the journey, hurdles and frustrations that many families face. As a registered Spectrum member, you can also access our dedicated child and family support from the comfort of your home, as well as gain assistance with EHCP and DLA. Furthermore, we are proud to be a leading UK distributor for Max Card. The Max Card helps make days out more financially accessible for the families of children with additional needs.

Spectrum is exceptionally proud to work with The National Lottery Community Fund and to have been recognised by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, on behalf of the Crown, for exceptional service to families and our work during Covid.


To be a pivotal part of our community and become a recognised benchmark of support for families of children with autism and additional needs.  To embrace inclusion while providing inspiration.


To show that it can be great to be different. To transparently provide creative opportunities, social gains and exceptional support to every child and family that we work with, without judgement.






Max Card
Norfolk Community Foundation
Essex Community Foundation
Sussex Community Foundation

Spectrum DNA

Our focus is to support children to be themselves, without judgement, and we recognise that families need, or prefer, to be supported in different ways. To provide opportunities for them to improve their social development and wellbeing, alongside that of their family. Collaboration with our partners is hugely important to us, allowing us to create new, carefully considered options and interactions for families to experience in their communities and make a difference.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”

P.T Barnum

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Albus Dumbledore

Spectrum are registered with the Fundraising Regulator


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