What a packed edition this is! We’ve launched a search to find our region’s Autism Community Hero, we’re selling tickets for Autism’s Got Talent (hurry, they’re going like hotcakes), and we’ve got some great news from Morrisons.
We had our Summer Fun Day a few weeks ago and what a brilliant day we had; it was great to see so many people there of all ages and abilities and there was so much to do. From traditional games like the coconut shy and hook a duck, to something a bit different like Professor Bunsen to make your own slime and the Owl sanctuary!
Thank you to everyone who came along, volunteered, and generally supported the event, you helped us to raise £1,500 for the Future 50 appeal!
Tesco’s Bags of Help
We are currently in the running for the Tesco blue token appeal until 31stAugust in the stores listed below. PLEASE can we ask if you are shopping in any of these stores to choose Autism Together for your blue tokens. We’re hoping to win £4000 which will help fund our autism-friendly Christmas activities such as a carol concert, Christmas markets and of course our ever famous autism-friendly Santa’s Grotto!
The stores you can vote for us in are:
Claughton Express CH41 0DE
Eastham Rake Express CH62 6BX
Heswall CH60 7SL
Little Sutton Express CH66 3RE
Neston Express CH64 9UB
Pensby Express CH61 9ND
Sutton Arms Express CH66 3JT
Autism Gold Awards
We’re looking for autism community heroes and we need your help to find them! We want to honour the people and organisations who’ve made a real difference to the autism community in our region, so we’ve created the Autism Gold Awards.
We would like members of the public to nominate someone special who has gone above and beyond to help people on the spectrum for our Community Hero Award.
To submit a nomination simply email email@example.com and tell us about your community hero in 100 words or less with yours and your nominations contact details. The deadline is Monday, 10thSeptember 2018.
For more information on the awards please visit:
Autism’s Got Talent
Tickets are now on sale and the final local acts have been confirmed and will be joining 10 acts travelling up from London for Wirral’s first ever Autism’s Got Talent show at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Friday 23rdNovember. A night not to be missed with plenty of variety acts all showcasing how much talent people with autism truly have.
To purchase your tickets please follow the link below and at just £11.50 for adults and £7 for children it will be a great night for the whole family.
Pop-Up Charity Shop is Back!
Due to the huge success of our first ever pop-up shop back in April, we have decided to give it another go and are heading back to the little shop in Liscard Village at the end of August. Doors will open to the public on Friday 31stAugust and will stay open 9-5pm until Thursday 6thSeptember.
Again we are appealing for stock so please have a sort out and bring it down to our main office in Bromborough; we can take anything as long as it’s in good condition and isn’t an electrical item. We’re also looking for volunteers – are you able to offer us 4 hours on a day during the week were open to give us a hand? We would really REALLY appreciate it.
Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Car Boot Sale
Our next car boot sale will be on Sunday 12thAugust, we still have some places left for sellers and at just £6 per car you’re bound to make a good profit. Sellers get to keep every penny they make and 100% of the seller’s fee goes straight back to Autism Together. We will accept charity stalls also. It’s FREE entry to all buyers and Bromborough Pool Garden Centre will be open serving bacon butties, hot drinks, fresh cakes and their usual fabulous array of summer flowers and plants.
Email email@example.com to book your place.
There’s plenty going on in and around Wirral and Liverpool over the next month and all are autism-friendly! From cinema trips, to visits at the museum, get these dates in your diary.
If you are aware of any other regular autism-friendly events taking place, please get in touch and let us know.
Morrison’s Supermarket, Quiet Hour – every Saturday
Morrison’s superstores will be hosting a quiet hour from 9 – 10am. During this time, they will have no stock cages on the shop floor and no stock to be worked, they will also stop all tannoy announcements and music and ensure the scanners are set to silent on the checkouts and self-scan stations, even dimming the lights! This is a fantastic start for supermarkets and also a great benefit for people with autism and their families. Pop along and let us know what you think!
Cheshire Oaks Autism Friendly shopping –Tuesday 11thSeptember 5-8pm.
Cheshire Oaks are part of our Autism Champions scheme and once a month they host an autism-friendly shopping experience, where lights are dimmed, music is turned down low and quiet spaces are on offer to chill out. If you go straight to the visitors’ centre, you can collect a map of the site and an alert card you can use to show a member of staff if you require any assistance.
Mattel Play, Liverpool – Wednesday 29thAugust – 4:30-6:30pm (£7 per child with 2 carers for free).
Capacity is limited during these sessions to ensure a calm and relaxed experience for all guests. Mattel Play are also one of Autism Together’s Champions and host monthly sessions. They also run quiet sessions every week-day morning from 9:20 -11:20am. The perfect chance to go with the little ones during term time.
Autism-friendly cinema screenings are great for the whole family. The volume is lowered in the theatre, the lights are raised and there are no adverts before the film – it goes straight to the main feature. Most cinemas offer discounted tickets and all cinemas accept CEA Cards.
Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks – showing Flying the Nest on Sunday 29thJuly at 10:15am.
Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – showing The Incredibles 2 on Sunday 12thAugust at 10:00am
FACT Cinema, Liverpool – showing Sherlock Gnomes on Sunday 29thJuly at 11:30am.
Odeon Cinema, Bromborough & Liverpool – showing Hotel Transylvania 2 on Sunday 12thAugust at 10:15am.
International Slavery Museum in Liverpool will be hosting an autism-friendly session from 10am – 12noon on Sunday 29thJuly. The gallery will be open to the public, but this is a quieter time and noise levels in the galleries will be reduced during this time (autism-friendly visual guides are available on the Liverpool Museums website).
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool will also be hosting an autism-friendly session from 10am – 12noon on Sunday 29thJuly. This is also open to the public, but this is a quieter time and noise levels will be reduced during this time (autism-friendly visual guides are available on the Liverpool Museums website).
World Museum, Liverpool will be hosting 2 special autism-friendly sessions to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition. These will be held at quieter times in the museum and must be pre-booked in advance; tickets can be booked via the kiosk desk in the main entrance or through their website.
Sunday 19thAugust – 10am – 12noon
Sunday 23rdSeptember – 10am – 12noon
Spring City Trampoline Park, Liverpool – they host sessions every Sunday morning from 9am – 10am. A fun session to be enjoyed by the whole family, adults and children; staff have been trained in autism (not provided by AT) and the environment has been adapted to suit all.
Port Sunlight River Park
There’s so much going on for everyone at the River Park this summer, please go onto their Facebook Page to stay up to date with all their events. Something for everyone from bees, butterflies and bugs, a sponsored charity walk, weekly health walks and lots more! Remember this is an autism-friendly site and a place to see some fantastic views over to Liverpool and enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze.