Gunwharf Quays To Support The National Autistic Societys Quiet Hour - The Directory Group

Gunwharf Quays to support The National Autistic Society’s Quiet Hour

Gunwharf Quays to support The National Autistic Society’s Quiet Hour

Gunwharf Quays has announced it will be supporting The National Autistic Society’s Quiet Hour this month to help create a more autism-friendly shopping environment across the UK.

Between 5th-12th October, shops across the outlet will be turning off their lights and dimming their music for one hour a day, to raise awareness of the challenges those living with autism can face and help them feel less overwhelmed when shopping. The Guest Services team will also be wearing Hidden Disability Lanyards and handing them out to guests who may need additional assistance when visiting the centre.   

The nation-wide campaign aims to challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that the 700,000 autistic people in the UK face. Research has shown that 79% of autistic people feel socially isolated and 64% avoid going to the shops (Source: The National Autistic Society 2018). Making these positive changes means people with autism can feel more comfortable during their shopping experience.

Yvonne Clay, Senior Marketing Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be supporting The National Autism Society’s Quiet Hour this year and to be facilitating a more autism-friendly shopping environment at Gunwharf Quays. The campaign helps us understand what steps we can take to ensure everyone has an enjoyable visit to our centre and we hope our customers will join us in supporting the initiative.”  

If you’d like to find out more about the campaign and The National Autistic Society’s work, please visit: https://www.autism.org.uk/

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