The Kent Autistic Trust was a winner at the National Autistic Society's Autism Professionals Awards 2018 on 7 March, the Trust’s Family Support Service won the Award for Outstanding Family Support at a special ceremony in Harrogate.
The annual event, supported by headline sponsor Axcis Education Recruitment, was hosted by Jane Asher and Kate Fox and is part of a two-day conference for autism professionals. Jane is president of the National Autistic Society and Kate is an award winning stand-up poet. They handed out 15 awards to individuals and teams involved in education, health, social care, employment, community projects and volunteering. The finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of 10 autism experts who judged each nomination on their innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability.
Serita Boxall, Grants and Appeals Officer from Kent Autistic Trust, said, "We're absolutely delighted to win this award. It's our first ever award and a testament to the hard work from our Family Support Officers and everyone else involved with the charity who put so much in each and everyday to help autistic people and families who often have nowhere else to turn."
The Kent Autistic Trust Family Support Service provides free support, information and advice to autistic people, families and carers. They also offer training and autism awareness sessions and have ‘autism alert cards’ for autistic children and adults which have been developed in association with Kent police service.
Supporting over 5,000 in Kent and Medway each year, this recognition of a vital service is well deserved!!