Our Trustees

A Parent Led Support Network For Parent & Carers of Children 

Shandrika Day - Co founder and chairperson

"My name is Shandrika, I am a mum of three children. I am married to David and originally from Berkshire.  I moved to the Gosport area when I got married as my husband was in the Royal Navy at the time.
I worked for the local Surestart children's centres as a Children's Services Practitioner until things started to become more challenging for my son, which is when I needed to give up my work which was also a passion of mine.
Through my journey with my son, I found there was very little support when I was feeling completely lost and isolated at the beginning of my journey, I was just fortunate to have Tricia as my rock."

Tricia Lyons - Co founder and Treasurer

"I'm Tricia, I am a single mum to two children. My son was diagnosed with ADHD, ASC, emotional dysregulation, complex neurological difficulties and a vocal tic aged 10 after a long battle with various agencies and schools. He is very highly medicated to try and give him the best chance possible of a 'normal' life. Each and every day is a lonely, confusing, exhausting battle that only an ADHD/ASC parent would understand. Originally from Fleet in Hampshire, we moved to Gosport when my ex- husband was deployed to his first ship in The Royal Navy, and as a naval wife, I was used to having to 'reconnect' in a new location, new friends, new schools, new amenities etc. Although, in time, I made new friends, none of them understood my daily life battling with, and for my son and was often looked down upon as a 'bad mother'. I met Shandrika through a mutual friend and we established a forces family group. After a couple of years, I had to take a step back from the group to concentrate on caring for my son, so when Shandrika messaged me a few years later to grab a coffee, I was delighted. As it happened, Shandrika's son had just been diagnosed ADHD and ASC and it felt as though, finally, someone else 'just got it'. We shared our experiences and both found there wasn't any support for parents and carers with children on the autistic spectrum, so once again we butted heads and here we are today!"

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