Hunter Connect Families Inc

Hunter Connect Appeal

Hunter Connect is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteer parents, carers and community members in the Newcastle, Hunter Region of New South Wales who provide vital services and support for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Hunter Connect Objectives:
  • Connect families and carers to relevant resources & services and other families in similar situations;
  •  Advocate for individuals and families requiring assistance when dealing with organisations and services;
  • Equip parents and carers with the ability and confidence to care for their families;
  • Organise respite events including care and entertainment for children with ASD and their siblings;
  •  Deliver services to assist families and children affected by ASD to connect with their communities and education providers;
  • Support children affected by ASD to gain social equity and develop skills so that they may be better able to access educational and social opportunities as per their peers.

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. Research shows that about 1 in 100 children, almost 230,000 Australians, have ASD and that it is more prevalent in boys than girls. Currently, there is no single known cause for ASD, however recent research has identified strong genetic links.

How will the funds be used?

All funds raised will be allocated to specific events, programs or services that are provided by Hunter Connect to allow us to achieve our objectives for the families and children that we support.

Key areas of expenditure include:
  •  Phone and email advice and support for parents and carers of children affected by ASD
  •  Monthly Support Meetings for parents and carers held throughout the Hunter
  •  Surfers For Autism event - A very special event held annually since 2012 which is volunteer driven. It is a day where individuals with ASD and other developmental delays are given the opportunity to interact with typical peers, service providers and the wider community and to show their capabilities through assisted surfing and beach activities. The event is growing each and every year, reaching hundreds of families
  •  Other one-off respite events that are provided throughout the year for families and children
  •  Social Skills Development program - A facilitated small group program for 8-12 year olds with ASD utilising Secrent Agent Society (SAS) courseware.
  •  Work Ready Program - A facilitated small group for High School students to prepare them for employment
  •  Self-Esteem Program - A program to encourage self-esteem for parents of children with ASD
  •  Sibworks Sibling Support Program - A facilitated small group program for 8012 year old siblings of children with special needs
If you would like further information on Hunter Connect programs, events or services, or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by emailing

Contact Details

85 James Rd

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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