07309 563 563 alex@waymakers.co.uk

Welcome to WayMakers

We improve opportunities and outcomes for autistic people age 14 and above. We deliver support to them and those around them.

Person-centred. Strengths-based. Solution-focused.

What we do

We support autistic people to thrive and build accessible lives they love. You don’t need a diagnosis: as long as you’re 14 or older, we can work with you. We provide trauma-informed support throughout your journey.

We also work with employers, their teams and professionals in health, social care and education. We support them to understand neurodiversity and to create accessible and inclusive spaces.

We strive to show our clients the strengths that come from difference. We help them gain confidence when taking their next steps.

Our Services

Coaching for Individuals

Our strategy coaching supports you to conquer challenges and reach your goals. These challenges might exist in your personal life, your working life, or your life in education.

Organisational Training & Support

We shine a light on where and how barriers exist. We seek to lower or remove barriers, and harness individual strengths. We celebrate difference and promote inclusion and wellbeing for all.

Neurodiversity Profile Mapping

Our profile mapping offers insights into your wider experiences and a bank of strategies to support you. We combine Do-IT Solutions‘ software and a relaxed meeting to inform this work.

Neuro-inclusive Groups

We facilitate social groups in North Devon that feel safe and well-supported. These offer fun and connection with peers. Sometimes we partner with other organisations for particular activities.

We want a world in which everyone can access their preferred journeys. We open doors and spot opportunities that value individual talent.

About WayMakers

WayMakers is a Community Interest Company based in Barnstaple, North Devon. It was incorporated in July 2020 and designed for social impact. We reinvest all our profits in the business. Being a social enterprise reflects our core principles and values. It also allows us to secure grant funding to subsidise the support we provide to individuals.

WayMakers Values

  • We walk alongside our coaching clients. We support them to recognise their worth and value.
  • We encourage clients to experiment with different strategies. They build the resilience to take the next step of their journey with confidence.
  • We enable clients’ voices to be heard so their needs can be met.
  • We help grow wider knowledge and appreciation of our differences.
  • We promote a culture of inclusivity and diversity within organisations.
  • We are passionate about building neuro-inclusive spaces.

Our passion has led us to supporting

Re-engaged with education

Helped into the workplace

Participated in our autism workshops

About our founder, Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly spent 20 years in education, in mainstream schools and alternative provisions. She led a specialist provision for secondary-aged autistic learners for 3 years. Following this, she worked as a volunteer wellbeing coach, supporting an autistic adult.
 
Autism is a dynamic experience that is lifelong. If we lower the hurdles in society, so many lives will be so much more enjoyable. And this is the basis of WayMakers. Alex believes that we can all flourish when we feel seen, heard, accepted, valued and safe just as we are.
North Devon, Barnstaple, autism and anxiety

About our founder, Alex Kelly

North Devon, Barnstaple, autism and anxiety
Alex Kelly spent 20 years in education, in mainstream schools and alternative provisions. She led a specialist provision for secondary-aged autistic learners for 3 years. Following this, she worked as a volunteer wellbeing coach, supporting an autistic adult.
 
Autism is a dynamic experience that is lifelong. If we lower the hurdles in society, so many lives will be so much more enjoyable. And this is the basis of WayMakers. Alex believes that we can all flourish when we feel seen, heard, accepted, valued and safe just as we are.

Who we work with

We work in the corporate sector, education, health and social care, and with voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE).

Organisations who have chosen us include the National Trust and...

Diversity and inclusion are now firmly on the map

We champion neurodivergence through an affirmative lens.

We are trauma-informed. 

We work from a holistic perspective. 

We offer practical guidance so you can recognise barriers and make adjustments. 

We find solutions to make individual lives more enjoyable.

Do you know about Access to Work? This government grant of up to £66,000 can fund workplace support for those with needs relating to a disability.

Would you like to support us?

£6.50 buys refreshments for a coaching session, whilst also supporting a local café.

£12.50 pays for meeting room hire, when clients want to meet outside the home, but feel the library or a cafe is not accessible to them.

£82 funds a 1-to-1 person-centred, solution-focused strategy coaching session.

£225 covers the cost of responding to enquiries and requests for signposting or advice for a period of one month.

£920 funds a complete 10 week coaching programme for a client in need.

£5000 corporate sponsorship funds one year’s events for the North Devon PINN Forum: a space we facilitate for around 50 practitioners to meet, collaborate, and learn from each other.

We are forever grateful for individuals and organisations that support us.

What our clients say

Alex really made the topic come alive and her experience gave me light bulb moments of how neurodiverse people’s brains work and how to understand and help meet their needs. Really great, thank you.

Primary Care, NHS

'Working with autistic individuals' training

My daughter now has a clear path to obtain her first job. She is more confident, has a greater understanding of the different considerations required, and useful tools that can be developed as needed. We are so pleased this service is running, and would recommend it to others with autism.

Parent of 18-year-old coaching client

I felt affirmed by our meeting and have a sense of my authentic self stepping out of the shadows, where for too long I have been lurking in self doubt and confusion with a debilitating sense of failure and ‘wrongness’.

I feel more hopeful about being able to live authentically from now on, and achieve my potential.

Neurodiversity Profile Mapping client

I enjoyed the whole talk! It was very engaging and easily the most enjoyable talk I’ve attended in a long time. Alex is very personable, friendly and informative and is an excellent speaker. Alex presented neurodivergence and autism in such a positive way, it was really refreshing and thought-provoking.

Higher Education Training

'Nurturing Neurodiversity' workshop

Our latest blog posts

We are delighted to feature writing from our autistic service users, published quarterly with our newsletter.

We are grateful for the kind support of

national lottery funding WayMakers Devon
DMHA partnership providing support for people experiencing challenges with their mental health
national lottery funding WayMakers Devon
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The Norman Family Trust
Linked logo to The Schreier Foundation website homepage

Our partners

Neurodiversity partner with WayMakers
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