An autistic Fixer from Blyth, who has struggled to interact with other people for most of her life, is looking to offer those with the condition a place to go and share their experiences.
Kirsty Trimming was diagnosed with autism at an early age, but says she couldn’t find many places to meet other youngsters with the condition.
For her Fixers project, the 25-year-old would like to offer other autistic people a refuge, which she wished she had when she was younger.
Kirsty also wants to create a resource to encourage better understanding and support of the condition.
‘When you have autism, it’s very hard mixing with people,’ Kirsty explains.
‘I used to get misunderstood a lot, because I didn’t always understand what people were saying to me and later found out that this was because of my condition.
‘I don’t think my parents understood it that well, and I remember wishing there was somewhere for me to go and speak to other autistic people at the time, but there wasn’t.
‘If you have autism, every day is different and that’s the biggest challenge.’
Kirsty volunteers with a youth group once a month to offer advice and support to other autistic youth around Blyth.
‘It feels really satisfying helping people that are in the same position as me, because I know what they’re going through.
‘If you haven’t got autism, it’s very difficult to understand what it’s exactly like. I want people to know that there really is a place to go to talk about their experiences.
‘I hope that by working with Fixers, it will allow me to reach more people and ultimately give them hope.’