Supported living provider Eden Futures helped to support World Autism Awareness Week with a host of activities, events and fundraising, as well as promoting awareness of autism to staff and local communities.
In support of the national campaign organised by the National Autistic Society, Eden Futures ran a social media campaign with videos, photographs and testimonials from staff and service users.
To further raise awareness of autism to staff, the care and support organisation rolled out e-learning and presentations and invited service users with autism to work alongside the workforce.
One of these individuals had the opportunity to take over as CEO for the day. His itinerary involved a tour of the offices meeting various teams, meetings with external partners about potential new properties, reviewing the updated stakeholder survey and decision making for marketing and social media.
Staff and service users from Eden Futures also took part in a host of money raising activities including a ponsie (pyjama and onesie) day, bacon and bake sale, raffle, and guess the baby and song competition.
The events raised over £800 for the Eden Futures Autism Fund, which supports service users with both physical items and vocational courses, helping to demonstrate long-term sustainable improvements to the quality of life for the autistic person.
Leading the campaign was Lorna Durrant, Eden Futures group autism lead. “We launched our first Autism Strategy in 2016, summarising our commitment and ambition to ensure we are getting it right for those entrusted to our support.
“World Autism Awareness Week was an opportunity for us to celebrate our successes and improve autism awareness for the whole of our workforce. I’m very proud of the efforts of both our staff members and service users.”
Group CEO, Andrew Lennox, added: “As a care provider we are well placed to help educate communities about autism and remove stigma associated with it. The team at Eden Futures is passionate about the work we do and I hope that our efforts to raise awareness and knowledge of autism will help to break down the barriers that many see in every day life.”
Eden Futures support over 750 people in various settings, with over 1,600 staff members working to support, sustain and develop the service.