A payment from a local county councillor has helped a local charity keep running sessions for pre-school children with autism and communication disorders.

County Councillor Robin Parker (Chells) has allocated £1,000 from his locality budget allowance to Tracks (Autism), a small voluntary charity that runs a unique pre-school for children aged two to five with autism and communication disorders. The charity also provides support and respite for parents and families.

Cllr Parker said:

Tracks (Autism) is entirely dependent upon charitable donations to keep its service running and I’m very happy to help them out.

The funding will to help sustain the current level of service and activities which Tracks provide for four half-day sessions per week including during the school holidays.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit Herts Direct and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.