Stocks Hall Mawdesley support Autism Awareness Week
Pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS), World Autism Awareness Week aims to draw attention to the 700,000 people living with autism in the UK – both to educate those unaware of the condition, and to help make the world friendlier to those who are affected by it.
To support this National Campaign, Stocks Hall Mawdesley Home recently held their own Autism Awareness Afternoon. Nurse, Kristy Lunt, who organised the event says “My aim was to get people thinking and learning more about Autism. Thomas, my son, was diagnosed in December and I have realised how little people understand about the condition.”
Families, friends, staff and people living at the Home were invited to create a piece of artwork, an Autisum Awareness Tree, which is now proudly displayed at the Home. Together the group decorated a blank jigsaw piece, using their Individual creative skills to decorate their artwork as they wished using paints, felt pens and glitter. The pieces were added together onto a large canvas with hand prints that made up a tree trunk.
Kristy says “It was lovely seeing everyone sat together, contributing to this meaningful piece of artwork. I’m so proud to work with such a supportive team and care for amazing people who live at the Home.”
Plenty of refreshments were on offer thoroughout the afternoon, with homemade cupcakes topped with little jigsaw decorations, to enjoy with freshly brewed tea or coffee.
Kristy says “Thank you all for joining this fabulous afternoon. It is wonderful that organisations such as Stocks Hall, provide a welcoming and accessible experience for all.”