THIS week for World Autism Awareness Week, intu Lakeside is running a variety of initiatives to raise autism awareness.
The week began with intu Lakeside’s monthly quiet hour from 4pm to 5pm yesterday (Monday 1 April) which takes place on the first Monday of every month. The intu Lakeside quiet hour encourages retailers to dim their lights and turn down their music to help make the centre a more calming environment for autistic guests.
Essex’s biggest shopping centre also works closely with the National Autistic Society Thurrock, who were in the centre on Monday with virtual reality headsets for customers to try on and potentially understand what it’s like to have autism.
For the rest of the week, there will be different initiatives taking place throughout the centre for those with Autism, such as free SEN sessions at Partyman World which will be held on the following dates and times:
Tuesday 2 April – 3:30pm – 6pm
Wednesday 3 April – 6pm – 8pm
Thursday 4 April – 3:30pm – 6pm
Howard Oldstein, regional centre director at intu Lakeside, said: “At intu Lakeside, we take pride in ensuring all our customers have the best experience possible, therefore we have been holding quiet hours at our centre for the past year. It’s important to us that we create an environment where every customer is happy and our initiatives such as quiet hours and having autistic centre guides allows this to happen.”
World Autism Awareness Week is a campaign run by the National Autistic Society from 1-7 April which encourages people across the UK to get involved in activities or help to raise awareness of autism.
For more information visit: www.intu.co.uk/lakeside/events/autism-awareness-week-1