In a first for Wirral Autistic Society nine of their service users were today presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.
Matthew Ashcroft, Anthony Campbell, Allan Davies, Stephen Harrison, Jamie Hill, Stephen Hyde, Martin Jones, Stephen Quinn and Joe Wharton successfully completed the challenge tasks associated with this prestigious award. These included undertaking three months volunteering, three months completing a physical activity, three months developing a new skill and an expedition over two days and one night. The achievement is all the more remarkable as Wirral Autistic Society only became a DoE licensed centre 12 months ago. Kevin Mulligan the Centre Leader said ‘we are really proud of all of the guys, for some completing the Duke of Edinburgh award meant staying away from home for the first time which they coped with really well. Everyone developed new skills and improved their overall levels of fitness.’
Because the participants all have autism the programme had to be specially adapted to suit their individual communication needs, with progress being recorded using photographs.