Autism award for Hive’s inclusion efforts

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An indicative design of Wirral’s new Youth Zone © OnSide Youth Zones

An indicative design of Wirral’s new Youth Zone. Pic © OnSide Youth Zones

A Wirral centre has been awarded ‘champion’ status for its dedication to providing special services for autistic children.

The Hive Youth Zone has been given the recognition for its efforts to provide autism-friendly services and training to all of its staff.

Their youth workers now have the knowledge to recognise people who are on the autistic spectrum and ensure that they are treated correctly.

Yvonne Crowhurst, Head of Autism Training and Advisory Service at Autism Together, said: “The Hive opening their doors, minds and opportunities to those with autism is so beneficial. This is not only to those who are on the spectrum, but to all the others who attend their venue, giving everyone the opportunity to understand and support one another with each getting out of it far more than the sum of its parts.”

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability, affecting how a person communicates with others and how they experience the world.

YouTube: The Hive Youth Centre

Autism Together launched the ‘Champion Scheme’ in 2016 to encourage organisations to become more aware of the disorder and to help enhance the lives of sufferers and their families.

The charity itself was founded in Wirral in 1968 by a group of concerned parents. They now employ over 1,000 staff and have operations around the North West and North Wales.

Ms Crowhurst said: “Autistic people have been long denied the understanding, respect and acceptance that are their rights within the wider community.

“Organisations such as The Hive are helping to break through these barriers by supporting the innovative initiative of the Autism Champions Charter project that Autism Together has instigated.”

Other Autism Champions include Chester Zoo, World Museum Liverpool and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.


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