New support centre for people with autism

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A NEW centre which will provide support for people with autism is to be opened in the centre of Sheffield.

Autism Plus is to run the facility at Exchange Brewery on Bridge Street, housing a new drama studio, IT resources and support for those accessing the charity’s services.

The charity works throughout South Yorkshire and further afield to provide services to adults and children with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and mental health conditions, helping them live as independently as possible.

The project was given an early boost with a £10,000 donation from Sheffield firm Westfield Health.

Philip Bartey, group chief executive of Autism Plus, said: “Autism Plus is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so it seems fitting that we are entering an exciting new stage in a new facility that will allow us to provide vital additional support for people with autism spectrum conditions and other learning difficulties.

“We are extremely grateful to Westfield Health for providing us with this generous donation and that, as a local company, they recognise the work we do in the region.”

Not-for-profit holding company The Adsetts Partnership, an umbrella organisation for a number of charities, has purchased the Exchange Brewery, which will also house the with Adsetts head office and Jobsteps Employment Services Ltd.

Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, said: “Autism Plus plays a vital role in our region to support people who are living with autism, so we are delighted to show our support for the cause. It is great to see the donation used for individuals who benefit so greatly from the support.”