Autism Awareness Month: MFRS become Autism Champions

As part of Autism Awareness Month, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) has attached a wraparound livery to one of its fire engines to highlight autism awareness and acceptance.

It is also a celebration of the fire service on Merseyside being Autism Champions. The training was delivered by Bromborough based Autism Together, in conjunction with Autism Adventures Training CIC and saw fantastic engagement and commitment from all who attended.

Paul Baker, Publicity Officer at Autism Together, said, “This fantastic wraparound design is a celebration of the fire service on Merseyside being Autism Champions.

“Our Champions training was delivered in conjunction with Autism Adventures Training CIC and saw fantastic engagement and commitment from all who attended.

“We launched the Autism Champions scheme in 2016 to encourage organisations and public facilities to become more autism aware and provide autism-friendly services to enhance the lives of autistic people and their families in the local community.

“Any organisation, community space, shop or business can become a recognised Autism Champion and we especially encourage those who provide a direct service to the public.”

In 2019, Autism Together won a national award for its Autism Champions scheme at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards.

If your organisation is interested in becoming an Autism Champion then you can find out more on the Autism Together website: https://www.autismtogether.co.uk/become-an-autism-champion/

Pictured at Belle Vale Community Fire Station are (L-R) James Berry, Area Manager for MFRS; Michelle Kirk, Equality & Diversity Advisor for MFRS; Julie Simpson from Autism Adventures and Paul Baker from Autism Together.

Main image shows Paul Baker from Bromborough-based Autism Together.

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