A grand opening for Asperger East Anglia
Opening of Asperger East Anglia premises in Market Street, Beccles incorporating a Shop and training facilities
Asperger East Anglia is very excited to announce that their new Employment and Training Project will open at 10am on Friday 11th July in Market Street, Beccles.
Asperger East Anglia is a registered charity founded 17 years ago. We provide services across Suffolk and Norfolk. The charity aims to help improve confidence, independence and employability of people affected by Asperger syndrome.
The project is located on Market Street in the centre of Beccles. From here our service users will refurbish computers, repair and test electrical items, restore furniture and use wood and other crafts to make items to sell in our shop.
The shop will be a vantage point for the public to see what people with Asperger syndrome are capable of achieving. It will be a place to display items which have been created or fixed by our service users in the workshop training facility as well as high quality items that have been donated to us.
We encourage service users to gain a sense of ownership by directly helping to sustain and develop the project. By producing goods that can be sold and raise income to sustain the project they are able to identify that working as part of a team can generate positive outcomes.
Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autistic spectrum condition which is characterised by difficulties with social communication, interaction and a lack of emotional empathy. From extensive written and verbal consultation with those that we work with we have found that there are significant barriers for young people with AS when leaving school and moving onto further education or employment. We have developed this project to focus on employment related skills.
Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK. That’s more than 1 in 100. If you also include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day (The National Autistic Society).