A wellbeing and shopping event is being organised by local charity Autism Concern and the team at Northampton town centre’s Boots – exclusively for people affected by and living with autism.
On Wednesday, 16th November from 6pm to 8pm the Boots Grosvenor Centre store will be opening its doors to people of all ages who are on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers.
The wellbeing event is designed to be an ideal opportunity for families to get their Christmas shopping started early.
Julia Hardcastle, managing director of Autism Concern, added: “Many of our families find Christmas shopping extremely stressful – the noise, the hustle and bustle, the lack of structure, all these things can be very unsettling and even traumatic for people on the autistic spectrum.
“This will be a calm, supportive but also fun evening, packed with activities and demonstrations and the chance for people to find out more about autism and how we as a charity can offer support.”
Lending his support to the event is Michael Ellis MP: “This is an excellent example of a local business and charity joining forces to support and cater for people of all ages on the autistic spectrum, many of whom find shopping a stressful and anxious experience. I congratulate Autism Concern on this carefully designed event which will make Christmas shopping that little bit easier for all members of our community.”
Guests at this exclusive event will be able to enjoy a range of activities including free make up demonstrations and advice on products. There will be advice available on personal hygiene and other teenage topics, pharmacy and medication information and healthy eating and wellbeing guidance.
Autism Concern’s advisors will also be attending the evening and will be available to offer information about the charity and the ways in which they can help those with autism and their families.