Autism Berkshire is delighted to announce that we have today received a Platinum Excellence Award from the Slough Quality Protects Programme.
The scheme, run by Slough Council for Voluntary Service, recognises the high organisational and safeguarding standards of voluntary sector bodies working in the borough.
The award was presented to our chief executive office Jane Stanford-Beale and our Benefits Service adviser Kevin Jackson by the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Paul Sohal.
We run a range of services in the borough, including:
- Weekly drop-in autism advice sessions at the YES Shop in the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre every Wednesdays during school terms, from 10am to 2pm.
- Weekly benefits advice sessions at the YES Shop (appointment-only service)
- Training and advice workshops for parents and carers
- Community learning courses for autistic adults
- A youth group.
The advice services are provided as part of the Slough SPACE information and advice project, co-ordinated by Slough CVS.
To achieve the award Autism Berkshire had to demonstrate that it has the right administrative structures, organisational policies and procedures and staff management and training in place, including safeguarding, in order to deliver high-quality services.
The platinum award is the highest available under the scheme, which has four stages – bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
A number of other local organisations that have also achieved Slough Quality Protects status also received their awards today and their representatives are pictured below with Jane, Kevin and Councillor Sohal.