The ‘Safe Places’ team in Wrexham is a group of individuals who conduct assessments on services, organisations and companies across the authority of Wrexham, to see if they are suitable to offer a ‘safe place’ for vulnerable individuals. One example of a ‘safe place’ would be a place to sit for someone who has mobility issues or is experiencing anxiety or stress. A safe place is a quiet place to rest if someone is feeling overwhelmed, where they can be supported to contact a carer or family member if required.
In order to upskill their knowledge and to offer more inclusivity when they complete these assessments, the team decided to complete the Autism Awareness training and become recognised as an Autism Aware team. Linking with the Commissioning and Planning Team, they completed the online autism training.
Using their new knowledge and skills surrounding autism from the training, the team developed a leaflet to advise businesses and services on small changes they can make to ensure their environment is autism friendly for autistic individuals. This leaflet is raising awareness around autism and the team are encouraging businesses to complete the awareness training themselves.
The team intend to continue to increase awareness around autism and to encourage services and organisations to put in place an Autism Champion.