West Cheshire Autism Hub begins exciting partnership with University of Chester

The West Cheshire Autism Hub, which is based at The Bluecoat in Chester, is working with the University of Chester to help autistic students on their transition to university and adult life.

After launching virtually and opening its doors to the public in early 2021, the Autism Hub is constantly expanding its services to provide a welcoming space for autistic adults and their families.

The Autism Hub has already been working closely with large, well-known organisations in the local area, such as the Council and NHS, and this partnership with the University is the latest exciting development.

Autistic individuals can find change stressful and might need extra support as they adapt to life as a student so the Autism Hub will be working with the University in a number of different ways, with funding received from the Office for Students to deliver the project.

Along with the Autism Hub providing the chance for students to access a range of support, workshops and activities in a welcoming environment, the charity is also helping shape the University’s new online Autism Toolkit with a range of useful information and resources.

This Autism Toolkit is open to everyone regardless of whether you study at the University, offering a valuable portal for people to find out more about autism and how a welcoming society can be created for everyone.

As part of this project, experienced and trained staff and volunteers at the Autism Hub will be on hand to offer autism specific, one-to-one advice to students and provide training to University staff so they’re aware of some of the challenges students could be facing.

Karen McGuinness, Strategic Autism Manager at the West Cheshire Autism Hub, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Chester as we continue developing our offer.

“At the Autism Hub, we aim to fill in the gaps in services for autistic adults and many autistic students will face challenges in their new surroundings.

“We want to work with the University to make that transition as smooth as possible and offer any support they might need on their journey, creating a welcoming space for anyone who needs it.

“Autistic students deserve the same opportunities as any other students and we’re really excited to see how our partnership with the University develops in the future.”

For more information about the Autism Hub and its range of services, visit: westcheshireautismhub.co.uk.

Read about the University of Chester and the courses on offer: chester.ac.uk.

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