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World Autism Awareness Week | We're here to help

World Autism Week | Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays will be supporting this year’s World Autism Week between 1st - 7th April 2019.

For autistic people, the world can seem full of too much information, which is why we’re working with our shops here at Gunwharf Quays to organise an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Our stores will be turning off their music and dimming their lights a little (where possible) between Monday 1st to Friday 5th 4 - 5pm, Saturday 6th from 9am – 10am and Sunday 7th from 10am – 11am.

We aim to challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that contribute to 79% of autistic people feeling socially isolated and 64% of autistic people avoiding going to the shops. We hope you’ll understand why these changes are being made, and support us in helping people with autism feel more welcome.

As a new service, our Guest Services Team will be offering ‘Personalised Social Stories’ for those carers and parents wishing to plan their visit with their children in advance, to help manage their day out at Gunwharf Quays. Please do get in touch if this service can help, and we will work with you to deliver a story that's right for your needs. 

We are also offering Hidden Disability Lanyards, for those of you that may require additional assistance throughout our stores, restaurants and in general as you enjoy a day out at our centre. Whether for you or your child, these free lanyards can be collected at our Parking Information Office or our Guest Services Centre, and will help to ensure you receive the best possible service during your visit.

Our on site VUE cinema has been a keen supporter of the National Autistic Society for many years, and offer autism friendly films on the last Sunday of every month. For example, they have an autism friendly screening of 'Hey Duggee at the cinema!' on Sunday 31st March at 10.15am. Click here to find out more and book tickets.

This campaign is about raising awareness, and if you’d like to find out more, we’d recommend you visit the National Autistic Society Website: https://www.autism.org.uk/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.