Our history

“The peer support group has helped me to live positively with ADHD.
The group helped me to understand me.”

2011 – ADHD Aware originated as an informal ADHD peer support group, meeting in Brighton. The group helped people with ADHD to access services and thrive with their neurodiversity. Its membership quickly grew.

2015 – ADHD Aware became a formally constituted group.

2020 – In response to the pandemic, our services expanded to include online meetings.

2021 – ADHD Aware was granted registered charity status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Our mailing list grew to over 1,260 people. We ran our first course for members (a 10-week course for couples impacted by ADHD). We also hosted our first webinar, featuring a guest speaker.

2022 – ADHD Aware launched neurodiversity training for NHS clients, private companies, and public and charity sector organisations. Over 12 months, 425,000 people used our website, and 1,567 individuals attended our services. This included drop-in support group sessions and discussion groups; and a combination of in-person meetings in Brighton, and online events for people across the UK.

2023 – 3,400 people are subscribed to our mailing list, and the membership of our private peer-support Facebook groups has grown to 2,800 people.

Our partners, supporters and friends

ADHD Aware partner informally with local Autism Spectrum Condition charity, Assert. This partnership brings some support and cross-working, where relevant.

We have been invaluably supported by East & Central Brighton Primary Care, NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board, The Trust for Developing Communities, The Resource Centre for Brighton & Hove, Sussex Community Foundation, Brighton & Hove City Council, The National Lottery, Chalk Cliff Trust, The Argus Appeal, The Social Innovation Partnership, National Survivor User Network, Brighton & Hove Buses, and private donors.

Although ADHD Aware is primarily by volunteers, our services also rely on a small number of sessional workers, plus access to tools and resources (from software subscriptions to room hire) which require funding.

If you would like to help increase support for adults and families impacted by ADHD, and increase awareness of neurodiversity, please consider making a donation to our cause.

CLICK HERE to find out how to access our services / get involved.

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