Connect Group celebrates World Autism Awareness Day with local charity DASH

Thursday 24th April 2014

Connect Group and Smiths News were delighted to be invited to an exhibition in West Swindon Library, to help deliver the message ‘It’s OK to be different’ for World Autism Awareness Day.

The exhibition was run by local charity DASH, ‘Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness’, and showcased the creative talents and photography skills of young adults with Asperger’s.

The exhibition was officially opened by Laura Morris, Group Communications Executive at Connect Group, whose Swindon-based Head Office are championing DASH as their local charity of the year. Smiths News have been working alongside DASH for the last couple of years, with staff getting involved in projects at DASH’s Wildflower Nursery and helping out at their local allotments.

This year several members of staff will also be helping DASH with projects for 2014, including business planning, marketing and securing fundraising events, as part of the Company’s volunteering initiative in their ‘Community Link-Up’ programme.  

Anne Billingham, secretary of DASH, said of the Company’s involvement:

“The company stepped in just when we needed help in many different ways - by supporting DASH services, they are helping people with Asperger’s in Swindon enjoy safer, healthier, more sociable, more productive and happier lives.”

DASH aims to raise awareness and understanding of Asperger’s in the local Swindon community, working to support people diagnosed with the condition and improve their quality of life.

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