A Brent Council run resource centre has been awarded with Autism Accreditation by the UK's leading autism charity - The National Autistic Society (NAS).
The John Billam Resource Centre in Kenton is a purpose built facility for adults aged 18 - 65 with a learning disability and/or autism. The centre provides a modern, efficient and light environment that supports the development of independent living skills. The centre is focussed on supporting people to be as independent as possible. This could include supporting people to be able to use public transport or being able to express themselves more confidently.
Autism Accreditation is an internationally recognised quality standard provided by The National Autistic Society. By achieving accreditation, the centre has been recognised as an ambitious organisation that aspires to put the interests of autistic people at the heart of what they do. It means that they are committed to understanding autism and that the service is setting the standard for autism practice.
The centre also aims to work in the community to support more people with autism and to deliver autism awareness training to a range of organisations to help Brent become an autism friendly borough.
Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:
"The John Billam Centre is a fantastic facility and I'm delighted that we have been rewarded with this mark of accreditation. It's a fantastic achievement and those who work at the centre should be very proud of themselves.
"In Brent, we're committed to providing the very best facilities for all of our residents and it's great to see this being recognised by a respected organisation such as The National Autistic Society."