The volunteer team at long-standing Macclesfield charity, Space4Autism, has received well-deserved recognition for its work supporting young people and adults with autism locally with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and local MP, David Rutley, joined volunteers and staff for the presentation ceremony recently.
The well-attended ceremony was presided over by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Sir David Briggs KBE, and attended by many of the charity's service users, volunteers and staff. This prestigious award was conferred in recognition of the charity's consistent and inspiring commitment to providing advice and support to children, teenagers and adults on the autistic spectrum, and their families, through parent support group meetings, workshops for professionals and carers, and clubs for young people.
As well as being a fitting celebration of the charity’s well-deserved 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, larger premises on Mill Lane in Macclesfield, which David had the pleasure of visiting earlier this year, and how it can continue to make its important services as widely available as possible, to as many people.
Speaking after the ceremony, David said, "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.”