A CHARITY supporting autistic people and their families celebrated the launch of its cafe and their organisation’s 50th birthday at a packed party.
The National Autistic Society has come a long way since a group of concerned parents got together to form it and now gives specialist support and runs schools and day centres across the country.
Acton’s branch, based in Mill Hill Road, runs a day centre for adults, a stall at Acton Market in The Mount and a cafe in St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road.
The cafe was officially launched last Thursday as it is now a regular fixture following a successful trial during the past year.
About 50 people enjoyed the party which included free food, a tombola and games such as guess the teddy bear’s name.
Like the market stall, the cafe helps autistic people learn new skills and gain experience of work. Organisers hope more residents will take advantage of its low prices and relaxed atmosphere, from 10am to 12pm every Thursday.
Occupational skills coordinator Liz Miles, said: “It’s a lovely place, a large hall which is quiet and peaceful. The party was great, it went really well.”