Julie’s aim is to make Liverpool the most autism friendly city in the world and in 2015 set up a company called Autism Adventures CIC and has already secured many contracts with Everton Football Club, Mersey Travel and Liverpool One but to name a few.
Autism Adventures CIC offers families living with Autism, leisure and play opportunities in an Autism friendly setting exclusive use of activities during school holidays. They promote Autism through campaigns and events that are run throughout the year to showcase all opportunities for families to access.
They also deliver training and awareness programmes for businesses that wish to cater for families living with Autism as well as offering them advice and support in order to create a comfortable and suitable environment for children and people on the spectrum.
Julie had no business background upon taking on this venture and in her words ‘I’m just a mum’ so doing business plans, finance, marketing etc., was a real struggle. Not to be deterred she would attend business start-up sessions and kept focused.
Through hard work and determination Julie won Spark Up Ignite Award and was invited by Andy Burnham MP to speak about Autism at Parliament as well as winning the The Knowsley Chamber Rising Star Award