Heathcotes activities support World Autism Awareness Week
Heathcotes Group have been taking part in World Autism Awareness Week with fundraising and fun activities up and down the country.
Our services in Wakefield have certainly been busy. Staff and residents at Sandal and Agbrigg made the most of the sun when they hired a bouncy castle for a day and later in the week they enjoyed a trip to the seaside and a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum. Other services were invited to join in and everyone had a fantastic week.
Heathcotes Moulton chose a seasonal flavour for their activities when they arranged an Easter egg hunt. The service users had a cracking time in the search for chocolate treats and they also organised some Easter arts and crafts, a bake sale and a number of games including guess the rabbit’s name and guess the number of eggs in the jar. To top it all, staff and service users visited local businesses in Moulton and left collection tubs for more fundraising. Their efforts have already raised almost £70 – and counting!
World Autism Awareness Week aims to spread awareness and encourage fundraising for autism, a lifelong disorder that is characterised by impairment in social interaction, communication and restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. Seven years ago, Heathcotes opened our first specialist residential services for adults with autism, in Whitley near Goole. We continue to support many individuals with autism who are not able to live independently, so this week is always a significant one in Heathcotes’ calendar. People with autism are unique, valuable members of society and raising awareness of this complex condition can reduce stigma and increase social inclusion. Moulton, Sandal and Agbrigg were just three of many Heathcotes services which took part in World Autism Awareness Week and we would like to thank everyone for joining in the fun!