Branch Co-Chair Awarded Outstanding Volunteer

Our branch co-chair Rachael Phillips was commended as an Outstanding Volunteer at the 2018 Sutton Community Awards.

Along with 11 other individuals and groups, she attended a ceremony hosted by Councillor Steve Cook, Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton, in honour of their contribution to the community.

Each year, the Sutton Council Community Awards recognises individuals and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to making Sutton a better place to live.

“I am so happy that our paths crossed and that I am lucky enough to call her my friend and partner,” said Roberta Heys, branch co-chair. “We would like to thank our members and supporters who have nominated her.”

World Autism Awareness Week

Together with Sutton Mencap, Sutton Parents Forum, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust and other partners, the Sutton branch of The National Autistic Society marked World Autism Awareness Week 2018 (26 March – 2 April), to improve public understanding of autism.

Anyone with an interest in autism was invited to drop into the Sutton Salvation Army Church on Tuesday 27th March 2018 between 10.30am and 12.30pm for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. There was art on display from autistic artist Louis Morel as well as short videos from our ‘Too Much Information’ campaign.

“This free event was aimed at individuals with autism, parents, carers, family members and professional staff, as well as adults who have never received a diagnosis but who suspect they may be on the autistic spectrum,” explained Lee, who runs the branch’s support group for adults.

Roberta Heys, co-chair of the Sutton branch said, “We want to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts. We are very proud of Lee for helping to arrange this event and for collaborating with other local organisations to increase understanding of autism.”