AUTISTIC children in Bedfordshire have been making the most of spring at an inclusive playgroup.
As part of Autism Awareness month, Bedford LOAF (Loads Of Autistic Fun) – aimed at children with autism aged up to 12 years old – help a St George’s Day themed event at Wootton Lower School.
The session involved a daffodil arts project and the building of a cardboard castle fort in recognition of St George’s Day.
All the children were supported by Autism Bedfordshire and the organisation is part-funded by Bedford Borough Council.
Councillor Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education, said of the event: “I am delighted the Council has been able to continue to support Autism Bedfordshire’s important work.
“It was inspiring to hear from parents how the Loads Of Autistic Fun (LOAF) sessions make a different to their lives and their children’s lives.
“If there is one thing to remember during Autism Awareness month it is that every child and every family is different.”
Emma Reade, spokesperson for the charity added: “As autism can be extremely isolating for children and their families, LOAF provides them with somewhere they can go where they feel accepted and understood.
“The children who attend LOAF enjoy a whole range of fun activities, supported by specialist trained staff, whilst the parents benefit from a short break and the opportunity to talk to others in a similar situation.
“This service is invaluable for families and we’re thrilled beyond words to receive the funding this year from Bedford Borough Council to enable us to continue this lifeline service.”