Celebrations took place this week after Knowsley Council’s Adult Provider Services has once again achieved the prestigious Autism Accreditation award from the National Autistic Society.
Accredited status is awarded to provisions where staff have a good working knowledge of methods and approaches which produce positive outcomes for people with a diagnosis of autism.
What does the service do?
The council’s Adult Provider Services offer support for people with autism which is person centred and reflects an understanding of good practice approaches in the field of autism. Individuals can take part in a range of leisure, cultural and therapeutic activities with a strong focus on community engagement. These activities are tailored to the needs and abilities of the individual.
The service, which operates from a number of community bases across the borough, offers varied support for residents aged 18-65 years with support needs including complex health care and behavioural support needs.
Being based in the community allows the service users to interact with local communities as well as having access to a range of community assets, such as community spaces to grow your own food.
The service offer also includes a range of activities to help promote confidence, social skills and independent living, including cooking, travel training, handling money and cookery.
At the celebration event, attendees heard about the accreditation journey and importantly, heard lots of feedback from the service users themselves around how the services provided has helped them to building their confidence, skills and independence.
Making a difference
Donna Wilkinson whose son uses the service said “The staff are doing a great job. Jack leaves in the morning smiling and comes home smiling each day. Happy son = happy mum.”
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added: “I’m delighted to attend this celebration event and meet with the staff, service users and their parent and carers, hearing about how valuable the support they receive is. We know that support is tailored to individual needs – something the assessors noted during their inspection of our Adult Day Provider services. Well done to everyone involved.”