How Aspens began

Aspens Charities, usually known as Aspens, formed in 2017 through the merger of two established charities, Autism Sussex and Larkfield with Hill Park Autistic Trust (trading as Pepenbury). 

Both charities were originally established by parents who felt that the existing care available did not best meet their children’s needs or provide the right support to enable them to flourish. The common mission of each organisation was, and continues to be, the provision of high quality, person-centred care and support services for people of all ages with a range of disabilities, communication challenges and complex needs, as well as those on the Autism spectrum.

Aspens is united in offering over 100 years' experience and expertise to people with a range of disabilities, complex needs and those who are on the Autism spectrum. 

The support we provide focuses on the individual needs of each person we serve. Our team of specialists works with them, their families and personal support networks to offer lifelong assistance, always dependent on their own distinct set of needs. We help children transition in adulthood, and adults to realise their full potential, fulfil their ambitions and achieve as much independence as possible. 

Aspens believes passionately in supporting those we serve to become part of their local community, and to be contributing members of society wherever possible. 

We speak with authority and strive to set the standard of excellence in each and every area of our work .