Pictured L-R: Peter, Linton, Nicolas, Karl, Annette, Lynn and Alec
A group of committed and hardworking locals who assess businesses in Wrexham to become ‘Safe Places’ have all be awarded their autism awareness certificates after completing and passing autism awareness training.
The Safer Places team is a group of individuals who access Adult Social Care, they are called the SWS group. The group work across Wrexham to assess businesses and services, to become a safe place for vulnerable individuals who might need it, like someone with autism.
The training demonstrates how making small changes can reduce the anxiety for individuals who live with autism and help them feel more inclusive in their community. The autism training, which has been developed by the Integrated Autism Service, supports the new Autism Code of Practice.
Since completing their Autism Awareness training recently, they will now be able to give help and advice to local businesses about being autism friendly as well as encouraging the businesses to complete the training themselves. The training has helped the team to become more aware of people who live with autism. It also means that they are now equipped with the knowledge to support local businesses to make changes to enable people with autism to feel included in their own communities. Small changes can make a huge difference and can help to reduce the anxiety for individuals with autism and help them to have a positive experience when visiting businesses and services.
The group are passionate about helping others and have been working hard to help make Wrexham a safer place for vulnerable people.
Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care said, “The autism awareness training is a fantastic free resource that is available to any business or organisation in Wrexham. It’s fantastic that the Safe Places team have already completed the training and can now put their knowledge into action when they visit premises.
Well done to each member of the group on receiving their certificates. Hopefully, you will inspire many more people to complete the training too.”
If you would like more information about how you or your business could benefit from autism awareness training please get in touch with Wrexham’s Social Services Comminissioning Team – Commissioning@wrexham.gov.uk
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