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The Queen's Award for Voluntary ServiceDid you know that in June 2020 BAAS received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of services to the autistic community of Bolton?

By volunteering with us you will become part of an award-winning charity. Our volunteers give their time and effort to make an incredible difference to the lives of autistic adults within Bolton, alleviating loneliness, building confidence and improving mental health.

We are now recruiting volunteer befrienders to become part of the BAAS family and would love to hear from YOU! By becoming a befriender with BAAS you will work closely with autistic adults and their families, exploring what the befriended wants in order to achieve their aspirations and maintain a sense of wellbeing.

Volunteers are provided with out of pocket expenses upon production of valid receipts, as well as receiving professional training and ongoing support to help you undertake your role.

We would also love to hear from you if you are a student and are interested in becoming a befriender to fulfil your course requirement hours, or would just like to learn more about autism.

If you have two hours a week to spare and would like to become part of an award-winning charity please contact Vicky, our Befriending Service Coordinator, to find out more:-

You can hear from one of our fantastic volunteers, Leanne, on why she chose to become a Volunteer Befriender.

“I chose to volunteer with BAAS as I recognise the importance of having a support network, having someone there for a good natter and to share thoughts and feelings. By becoming a befriender I can provide a much needed social connection for an autistic adult in my local community by meeting once a week, having a chat and generally enjoying each other’s company. It genuinely brings a wealth of personal satisfaction. It’s only two hours a week, but I know the difference those two hours make to someone who may otherwise be socially isolated.”

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Hi, How are you?

We hope you are all staying safe and well along with all your families. 

We know times are particularly challenging at the moment and we are so sad to have now missed out on two of our social evenings ?

So to hopefully make up a bit for those missing socials we have arranged to hold an online social with a small quiz included!

It will be held on the Zoom platform.  It also means you will be free for the Clap for Carers which may be an important part of Thursday evenings for some of us ????

If you would like to join us get in touch with Graham at g.heywood68@gmail.com and he will send you an invitation to join us!

Did you know that today is World Autism Awareness Day?
It started in 2007 and has grown every year with there being a specific ‘theme’ to each year.

Now, for most of us, Autism isn’t a topic to talk about on just one day of the year! For most of us, it is an integral part of who we are or a built-in part of our families and that makes every day an autism awareness day!

Today is really about sharing with those people out there who aren’t lucky enough to know an autistic person! It’s about bringing awareness of autism into their minds….but I always hope that it goes further than that….I always hope that autism awareness days grows into autism acceptance.

As one of the young people at the ICAN network shared today
“Awareness means you know I’m here, Acceptance means you are happy to see me”
(ICAN is an Australian autism charity which supports autistic young people check them out on Facebook here)

This year the theme for World Autism Awareness day is ‘Transitioning into Adulthood’ and here at BAAS this is a very important aspect of the support we provide. We understand that often there are limited support services for adults and we aim to support those transitioning into adulthood by providing signposting, information and social activities.

Please share the message far and wide about autism awareness and acceptance! Every voice matters!
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BOLTON ADULT AUTISM SUPPORT AND CORONAVIRUS

A message from our Chairman….

Dear parents, carers and friends, in line with the latest Government advice about the Coronavirus it has been decided that the BAAS social and life-skills evening will not take place this month, Thursday 19th March.

Also, our next monthly meeting due to be held on Wednesday 25th March will also be cancelled.

I am sure that many families will be disappointed but, as you would expect, our priority is to help maintain the physical and mental health and wellbeing of families impacted by autism, especially parents and carers, many of whom fall within the ‘at risk’ category as defined by the Government and its advisors.

If anyone needs any help or advice from BAAS that would normally result in a call to the Chairman or our Befriending Plus Coordinator then please contact Graham on 07772547158.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please keep safe and warm.

Graham

So much went on at our February social evening! The usual crafts, chats, and chills….but the most exciting thing was the start of our cookery course!

February was our ‘make a breakfast’ course and there was porridge, poached eggs and smashed avocado made (all by request of our social evening attendees!)

It was so much fun!! Next month we are doing ‘dinners and puddings!’ Hope we’ve not made you too hungry ??

A cheque in the sum of £1000.00 being presented by Mr Eddie Gorman, immediate past Worshipful Master of the Hope and Anchor Masonic Lodge No 37 to Chairman Graham Heywood and members of Bolton Adult Autism Support.

The money will be applied to the further development of the Befriending Plus service

 

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the BAAS annual general meeting!
During the meeting there will be an opportunity for people to nominate themselves for the roles of Chairman, Vice Chair and Secretary!
And if none of those take your fancy there are two openings for non-executive committee members

If a great time for you to come along, get involved and hear what we have been up to in the past 12months!