Working Well With Autism

09 November 2017

There was a great turn out for the launch of the Plymouth Autism Hub, a safe and autism-friendly place, hosting social and educational activities.

The celebratory event, hosted by Working Well With Autism, was an opportunity to meet new people, and highlight what the hub will offer.

Janet Wise, a director at Working Well with Autism, said: “We were so happy to welcome so many people – it was a relaxed and chilled out afternoon but with a good buzz.

“There are very few opportunities to meet where the space is autism-friendly and activities are supported. We know it will be a great benefit to the community.

“We hope this project will support adults with autism to lead the project and decide what activities they want to see.”

The project is funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthPerfect, through The Health Lottery.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

The launch of the Plymouth Autism Hub included lots of different activities - creating a new logo for the project, a short film screening of a film made by a graduate with autism and the game 'What do we have in common Bingo'.

There was a talk by Henry Barnes from the National Autistic Society about Autism Hour week, which coincided with the launch.

National Autistic Society's Too Much Information Autism Hour week encourages shops and businesses to turn their music down for 60 minutes - leading to a more autism-friendly world.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, joined in with the celebrations, and congratulated everyone on the new hub.

He said: “I was glad to be part of the day, celebrating the launch of the hub. 

“It is really important for people with autism to have a space where they feel safe and can get together and I look forward to hearing more about the project.”

The new meeting place, for adults with autism and their families, will provide activities including board games, table tennis, shared food get-togethers, speakers on subjects of interest and will allow members to share their skills and experience. The hub is situated above Moment’s CafĂ© on New George Street and the group meets Tuesday’s and one Saturday each month between 2.30 and 4.30pm.


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