Autism advice and support on hand at information event

PEOPLE who are autistic can drop in to an event in Tameside where more than 30 local organisations will be offering support. 

The event, organised by Tameside Council, called Proud to be me! coincides with Autism Acceptance Month this month.

Information and advice will be on hand from 1pm to 8pm on Thursday, April 25, at Active Oxford Park, on Pottinger Street in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Organisations which will be in attendance include Tameside’s Learning Disability Service; The Tameside Autism Network; Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind; Citizens Advice, and Shared Lives.

It’s open to people of all ages who are autistic – including those waiting for a diagnosis or self-identifying – as well as their families and carers.

The event is also a space for people to get involved with discussions about making Tameside more autism friendly – by focusing on areas such as belonging, advocacy, employment and health.

If people would like to, they can engage in fun activities such as football, cooking, yoga and more.

A spokesperson for Tameside Council said: “This unique event gives people who are autistic, their families and carers the opportunity to directly access a wealth of information and support all in one place.

“Not only will there be over 30 organisations from across Tameside to talk to, but people can also take part in fun activities and share their thoughts on what to include in our plans for how we can improve services for people who are autistic in Tameside.”

People can email giovanna.surico-hassall@tameside.gov.uk or Gary.Schofield@tameside.gov.uk for more information.

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