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Liverpool-based charity moves premises to support its growth through pandemic

ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity, has moved into new premises within The Women’s Organisation building on St James Street, in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

The move sees the Foundation – the leading neurodiversity, mental health and education charity, and largest user-led ADHD agency in Europe – occupy over 1,000 sq ft of space on the building’s third floor and comes during a period of rapid growth for the organisation.

During 2020, the foundation created 12 new jobs, including a digital and special projects manager to support the development of online resources (including a new online therapy and coaching service for adults), its social media platforms – which attract 140k followers, the redesign of its website, and the Foundation’s Neurodiversity Umbrella Project, which is set to expand this year.

In the last year alone, the Foundation has invested £140k in new technology in order to streamline its systems, make the business more cost efficient, and ensure its services are more accessible in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly those living in digital poverty.

The Foundation’s Board has also been transformed to reflect the substantial growth and influence over the past decade. The 16 Trustees comprise nationally recognised experts in the field of education, social care and mental health, with experience in digital innovation and influencing public policy within the national political landscape.

Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO, ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity, commented:

“Our greatest strength – apart from the quality of our work and outcomes – has always been our adaptability. We always find new ways around the rocks in the river and carve out new opportunities to make a difference, whether that is through services, social media, or influencing national policy and provision through our work with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ADHD and other national forums and strategy groups. 2020 has been no exception, and the Foundation continues to be dynamic and enterprising in order to achieve its strategic objectives and best support its service-users now and post-Covid.

“Integrity of purpose is integral to the Foundation’s ethos and activity as an independent, user-led, third sector organisation that works to influence public policy and service improvements. This is also reflected in its award-winning, Neurodiversity Umbrella Project, which happens in thousands of schools and businesses in the UK, as well as iconic public art installations.

“We are really excited about moving into our new premises and making it our home. Having more space to breath and being located in the heart of the city’s creative hub, will no doubt serve us well in our aims to come up with new and innovative ways to empower and enable the neurodiverse population to achieve their potential.

“We have so many new exciting projects coming online in 2021 and we are eager to start our new year with this move to such a prestigious location, and also to further develop our partnership with The Women’s Organisation.”

Maggie O’Carroll, CEO, The Women’s Organisation, said:

“The ADHD Foundation is growing its services locally, nationally and internationally. As a social business, it exemplifies what can be achieved through being a mission and values-focused business. Its commitment to service users and their families is outstanding. Its leadership in the field of neurodiversity has been driven by research and innovation, working at scale and sharing best practice.

“We are delighted to welcome it to 54 St James Street where we are sure it will take the next steps in its growth and development, and we will be here to support in any way we can.”

ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity, is an integrated health and education service for the one in five people living with a neurodiverse need (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and Tourette syndrome).

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