Busy week raising awareness and understanding of autism across Berkshire

Autism Berkshire’s team has been out and about during Autism Awareness Week 2018 at a series of events to increase awareness and understanding of autism.

We made an early start on Wednesday last week with a training workshop in Reading for professionals, led by Berkshire autism advocate Carly Jones, looking at safeguarding for autistic girls.

The Autism Berkshire bus in Broad Street, Reading

And we spent the following day at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading with an information stand. Helped by a team of volunteers, we also collected £250 in donations to help fund our services.

The Autism Berkshire team was back in the centre of Reading in Broad Street on Monday, supported by Reading Buses, who brought along the Autism Berkshire bus, wearing its special livery to mark our role as the company’s 2018 Charity of the Year.

Another £150 was raised in donations during the day, with the help of more volunteers, old and young, and Autism Berkshire message bugs put together for us by Emma Slade were big hits with visitors to our information stand.

Sarah Brown at The Curve in Slough

On Tuesday our projects executive and community fundraiser Sarah Brown was on hand to offer advice at an autism awareness event held at The Curve cultural centre, organised by Slough Borough Council, while on Wednesday we were at the Nicholsons Shopping Centre in the centre of Maidenhead.

In addition, members of our 197 Club for autistic adults enjoyed a riverside walk alongside the Rover Kennet from Reading to Burghfield for a pub lunch on Sunday.

Our social media feeds were busy all week and the number of people who are following Autism Berkshire on Facebook passed 1,800 for the first time. We also have more than 1.200 followers on Twitter.

If you are not already following us, they are both great ways to keep up to date with our activities and services and other useful information about autism.

  • World Autism Awareness Day 2018 is on Easter Monday, April 2. The United Nations has chosen to focus on the theme of Empowering Women and Girls this year.