Friendship and Socialising
for adults with learning and physical challenges

Positive Path Foundation is a charity set up to support the development of friendship, social skills, independence and work opportunities for high functioning individuals with both learning difficulties and physical challenges.

We also offer therapy, mentoring, sibling support, play therapy and time out to assist the entire family living with special needs. Support and guidance is also offered to parents of children upon diagnosis, assisting parents navigate their next steps for their child. We can offer support in the practicalities, therapies and coping strategies.
Positive Path Foundations operates broadly between Eastleigh in Hampshire and Poole in Dorset.

Why is Positive Path Foundation different?

Our focus is on high functioning individuals with learning/physical difficulties that are overlooked by the system. Provision for the profoundly disabled appears much more widely available but there is limited provision for high functioning children and adults. Parents are regularly ignored when seeking support and many have even heard the term ‘not disabled enough’ to qualify!

High functioning individuals appear very able on the surface but struggle with social interaction, making/keeping friendships, emotions, low self esteem, anxiety, and depression which can spiral into mental health issues.

We are so proud to receive testimonials from parents telling us we have changed their child’s life by giving them the opportunity to socialise, make friends and gain essential life skills in a non-judgemental and safe environment.

Positive Path Foundation believe that no one with additional needs should miss out on what we have to offer due to economic disadvantage.

To help in cases of genuine hardship, we can waive our adult support membership fee. We can also provide free or reduced cost telephone therapy sessions. Jane is available to support and improve mental health for families facing challenging home lives.

Positive Path Foundation are BCP (Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council) approved for therapy.

We are most grateful to receive ongoing support in various forms from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation; most recently an award of £7,037 from the GVC fund aimed specifically at supporting our work in tackling the social isolation and mental health issues that many of our members experience.

We are also delighted to have recently received an award of £5,000 from Dorset Community Foundation GVC Fund to help us provide more local events, activities and workshops for Positive Path members in the Dorset area.

We thank The National Lottery Community Fund for an award of £10,000, received as an Awards for All grant at the end of 2022. This will support the cost of staff we need to deliver our exciting and varied program of events, activities and workshops planned for 2023.

To all three of the above funding bodies, on behalf of the disadvantaged children, young people and adults who are our members and the families that care for them, we offer our sincere thanks for these valuable resources to allow us to continue and develop our work and partnerships in 2023.

Where it all began…

The Founder of Positive Path Foundation, Jane Atkinson decided to set up a charity herself to benefit her son George and many others like him, this was following years of struggle trying to find  suitable disability social groups for her son to join.

The Foundation originally started organising social events that enabled their members to meet new people, socialise, enjoy being out in the community and gain new friendship skills.

We have now grown to offer:

Therapy & Mentoring for the whole family

Special Needs Adult Support for over 16’s

PPF Extra for 11 – 15yr olds

Bespoke Sibling Days Out & Support

Play therapy from age 3+

Time Out for over 16’s

For full information take a look under our Family Support section or email Jane@positivepathfoundation.org

Jane’s Background

Jane developed her own play therapy 22 years ago to assist her then non-verbal classically autistic son. George went from severe autism with no play or social skills, eating issues and ritualistic behaviour to now a high functioning 24 year old man who is currently studying childcare, working in a pre-school, driving his own car and socialising with friends he has made through Positive Path Foundation.  Positive Path Play Therapy has worked with children all over the country, bringing great gains for families living with autism and is now operating within the same scope as Positive Path Foundation.

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Hear what our members think..

Testimonials

I like to be part of Positive Path because I like meeting new people
It was so informative speaking to someone who is just so dedicated
I was a little anxious as I didn't know what it would be like until I finally met all these people at Positive Path and now that I have found it it is incredibly exciting!

Events

7 October 2022
15 February 2023
21 February 2023
24 February 2023
1 March 2023
15 March 2023
29 March 2023
1 April 2023
19 April 2023
27 April 2023
12 May 2023 - 14 May 2023
17 May 2023
7 June 2023
21 June 2023
23 June 2023
9 July 2023
12 July 2023
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Meeting the team

Jane
Founder
Shelley
Events & Workshops Manager
Marina
Marketing & PR
Darren
Events & workshops