It is important to remember that life goes on in these challenging times, and that we have a lot to celebrate. This week marks World Autism Awareness Week, and gives us an opportunity to highlight the ways in which we are adapting our services to ensure that people with autism can still get the best from life, and the kind of routine that they need, despite these difficult circumstances. Manager of our Hollyrood service in West Sussex, Rachel, explains a bit more:

“This year for us at Hollyrood has been very different to previous celebrations and we are supporting people to continue with activities and routine as much as possible while facing isolation and no longer having access to the local community or their regular family visits. We have been supporting people here to continue to exercise and many people have adjusted from going on local walks to taking part in Joe Wicks YouTube workouts.

“We have been busy with arts and crafts, making Hollyrood rainbows of hope for the window, doing up the gardens and making colourful bird boxes as we are fortunate to have such beautiful grounds. We have been focused on keeping people busy and we are lucky to have such a caring, passionate and experienced staff team who have been able to make this difficult time the best it can be for people here with complex needs.”