The volunteer team at the long-standing Macclesfield charity Space4Autism has received recognition for their work supporting young people and adults with autism locally.
The group was granted a Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and local MP David Rutley joined volunteers and staff for the presentation ceremony recently.
The ceremony was presided over by Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire Sir David Briggs and attended by many of the charity’s service users, volunteers and staff.
The prestigious award was conferred in recognition of the charity’s consistent commitment to providing advice and support to children, teenagers and adults on the autistic spectrum.
The group also supports the families of those it works with, through parent support group meetings, workshops for professionals and carers, and clubs for young people.
As well as being a celebration of the charity’s award, the presentation was an important opportunity for David to meet once again with the charity’s chief executive Cheryl Simpson, to discuss how he could best support Space4Autism’s exciting plans for the future.
These include the ongoing renovation and refurbishment of the charity’s new premises on Mill Lane in Macclesfield, which David had the pleasure of visiting earlier this year.
Speaking after the ceremony, David commented: “I am delighted that the volunteer team at Space4Autism has received this well-deserved recognition for the vital work that they do to support local young people and adults with autism, and their families and carers, and to help tackle stigmas around this condition through awareness-raising.
“It continues to be a privilege to work closely with Space4Autism in supporting its positive work in and around the Macclesfield community.”