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Autism support

Cartrefi Cymru supports people with autism to lead fulfilled lives, at home and in the community. We do this by providing imaginative and creative support to help people realise their full potential. 

We support people in various settings - college, work placements, leisure and social activities.  We also support people to live in their own homes as tenants.

We offer low arousal support that takes into account each person's unique sensory and environmental needs.

All of our services are based around Person Centred Active Support to ensure that people are fully engaged and have a valued presence in their community.

We have our own in-house team of trainers and a qualified autism specialist who deliver a general induction of autism awareness, followed by specific training relating to the unique needs of individuals.  All of our staff are trained in communication methods including PECS, and we support them to achieve the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) autism unit and to maintain their knowledge and skills.

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We can provide short breaks for people with autism and their family carers in a range of ways. We have a number of small care homes where people can stay or we can support people in the family home or in holiday locations.

Support can be for a few hours a week, or for the whole working day, or for a week or more including overnight. 

We have strong links with a number of universities and work in partnership with specialist professionals on research projects. We have an internal Autism Focus Group for sharing expertise and experiences. We are also members of the National Autistic Society and supporters of the work of Autism Cymru.

We are committed to delivering the best quality outcomes in accordance with best practice and the latest policy and guidance.

Back in June, two of our supported living services based in North Wales received Autism Accreditation and at the time were the first in North Wales to be undertaking this accreditation. All staff involved undertook autism awareness training, as well as completing the QCF autism unit. The process took a couple of years but the two services have now been awarded the accreditation, which indicates that a high quality of autism-specific care is provided.

"I had seen the value of this accreditation and that is why I requested the funding from Cartrefi. Jane Gibson, myself, the managers and assistant managers, of the two services, have met regularly to achieve this award and it is something that I hope we can roll out in other services across the region." - Marguerite O'Brien, Area Manager.

Autism Accreditation



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