As a registered charity, Positive Path Foundation focuses on creating as many opportunities as possible for people from the age of 11+ with physical or learning challenges to meet, socialise and most importantly, have fun and grow as an individual.

We all know that good friendships have a powerfully positive impact on our quality of life. Research shows that supportive friendships increase our self-esteem and play a vital role in helping us to enjoy good physical and mental health.

For people with learning difficulties and physical challenges the opportunities to make friends can be limited, leading to a sense of isolation and loneliness. A study by Scope shows that a staggering 85% of young adults with physical and learning challenges, aged 18 to 35 feel lonely.

The Positive Path Foundation was born out of the determination of our founder, Jane Atkinson, that the world of friendships and companionship would not be closed to her autistic son, George. Having failed to find any suitable social clubs in the Hampshire and Dorset area she set up the Positive Path Foundation.

The positive impact of friendship, companionship and perhaps life partners, on these people is clear to see and drives us forward to increase the number of social events, workshops and ‘whole family’ support we offer.

We are hoping to become instrumental in changing the statistic that only 21% of adults with autism gain full time employment.  We are seeking out local companies and work coaches to make this a significant change for the lives of our members.

We will continue to grow and offer even more opportunities to adults with physical and learning challenges. Our services to support the family members of our adults have extended with talking therapy, mentoring, sibling days out and play therapy for children aged 3+.