New autism centre opens in Preston

OPENING: Lisa Riley, Jill Wilson, Kenny Bryce and Beth Gordon launching the centre
OPENING: Lisa Riley, Jill Wilson, Kenny Bryce and Beth Gordon launching the centre
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Preston North End mascot Deepdale Duck flew in to support the opening of the city’s new autism centre.

An estimated 1,500 people have autism in Preston and so the National Autistic Society has set up a new three-storey Preston Autism Resource Centre that overlooks Moor Park.

Music tutor and Asperger sufferer Robin Denton with Kris Day, Adam Haworth and Beth Gordon with Deepdale Duck at the open day for families and professionals to mark the launch Preston Autism Resource Centre

Music tutor and Asperger sufferer Robin Denton with Kris Day, Adam Haworth and Beth Gordon with Deepdale Duck at the open day for families and professionals to mark the launch Preston Autism Resource Centre

It was officially opened on Monday and Beth Gordon, outreach and autism resource centre manager with the National Autistic Society, believes the centre will make a real difference.

She said: “We’re delighted that so many families and professionals came to the open day and helped us to launch our new centre.

“We aim to make a real difference to the local community by working with adults on the autism spectrum who may have had negative experiences in education or work.”

Preston City Council cabinet member for community social justice, inclusion and policy, cllr Matthew Brown, said: “It is fantastic news that the centre has opened in Preston.

We’re delighted that so many families and professionals came to the open day and helped us to launch our new centre

Beth Gordon

“This facility will help and support a lot of people on the spectrum, by teaching them new skills and providing courses to further themselves. Preston is a diverse city in which we value everyone and the opening of this centre can only be seen as a positive step.”

The centre will eventually support up to 25 people and Beth revealed the centre is already looking ahead.

She said: “We’ll develop personal plans to improve their confidence and self-esteem.

“Our long-term vision is to expand the service so it also runs social and support groups, for parents and people on the autism spectrum.”