Jersey charity opens dedicated autism centre

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A new centre for people with autism in Jersey has opened in St Helier.

The centre is based near the Town Park and will be run by charity Autism Jersey.

Nick Winsor, its chairman, said he hoped it would improve life for people with the condition, which makes communication difficult.

Mr Winsor said it was the first centre of its kind in the Channel Islands and would help people with autism and their families.

The centre will provide counselling and training, as well as offering a meeting point for services in the community.

Its home in Britannia Place will only be temporary though, as the charity is working with the States of Jersey to create a purpose built centre in St Saviour.

Mr Winsor said: "What is important is what we can do from the centre, it is a hub and we can provide services in the community for people on the autism spectrum."

The centre will provide a number of facilities including training, day rest bite and a scheme to help find people with autism work.

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