Throughout the pandemic, Autism Guernsey has been looking at new ways to support its families, investing in new IT equipment to move many of its services online and even coming up with 'autism friendly' information on lockdown restrictions.
Although some of its clubs have had to be put on hold while Public Health restrictions remain in place, the charity has been in contact with all those who usually receive help, directing them to useful resources and advice.
One volunteer has even used her own experience of being on the spectrum to come up with a poster, explaining the lockdown restrictions in an 'autism friendly' way. This has been shared with Guernsey Police, who have asked for permission to send it on to National Police Autism UK for comment.
In addition to this, the charity has been keeping up its standard one-to-one support online.
Although the current restrictions have had a major impact on Autism Guernsey's fundraising activities, such as the annual 'flag day', a generous donation from the Lloyds Bank Foundation has given the charity a major boost.
"As a charity, we are dependent on the support of local foundations, organisations and individuals to fund the valuable work our staff undertake with islanders on the autistic spectrum and their families," said Chair of the organisation, Andrew Warren.
"At this time, more than ever, there is a significant need for the provision of advice and support to members of the local autistic community, and we are very grateful to Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands for their financial help in allowing us to continue this work."
Executive Diretor of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands, Jo Le Poidevin added:
“Autism Guernsey plays a vital role in our island’s community and the Foundation is keen to support the ongoing delivery of these essential services. We understand the importance of continuity of support for clients and families, especially during these difficult times.”
The charity does not receive support from the States, so relies on donations to keep it running. Further information on Autism Guernsey and how to donate can be found here.
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