Christmas Message From Our CEO

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We are finally reaching what has been yet another very challenging and unprecedented year.

As Christmas is only a few days away, on behalf of I AM I would like to wish all our members, supporters, and staff a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

I have been incredibly inspired by the ability and willingness of our staff and members to adapt to the difficulties that COVID-19 has continued to have on our everyday lives this year.

Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our staff and our members and their families will continue as a number one priority as we move into 2021. We will also continue to review the measures we have put in place to protect our staff and members and will

closely monitor government health advice. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to abide by the measures we had to introduce earlier in the year.

This year has certainly not been an easy one for many of us, but it has been great to see our centre reopen and members enjoying the variety of social and leisure activities that have been available. It may seem like ages ago but the highlights of the year for me were the summer BBQ and the Halloween party. What have been your highlights?

Looking forward, the wonderful I AM staff have been busy preparing the calendar of events going through to March 2022 and I hope there is something of interest for everyone on it, so don’t forget to book your place.

Christmas is a lovely time of year for many people, a time where they come together to celebrate and enjoy all the festivities. For some people with ASC, it does, however, create additional challenges. These might be feeling more isolated than usual, having to cope with sensory overload or simply having to cope with the inevitable social interactions that the season brings. Omicron is also obviously adding to many people’s anxiety levels. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate Christmas. However, you choose to celebrate, or indeed not celebrate at all, is absolutely fine. We are all different and it is those exact differences that make us unique and human. So, if nothing else, let’s celebrate our uniqueness this time of year.

Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas and we will look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Helen Boden

To find out about how I AM can offer support contact us at enquiries@i-am autism.org.uk or give us a cAll on 0161 866 8483 

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