Last month (May 2016), we hosted an open day at our newest support service, St. Mark’s House. Located in Newport, the service is a training centre for autistic adults, with facilities to help them explore new opportunities in carpentry, ICT and domestic skills as well as academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.

To celebrate the opening, people currently supported in the service were joined by their families and friends, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society Mark Lever, local MP Paul Flynn, Council Leader Debbie Wilcox and Assembly Members Jayne Bryant, Steffan Lewis and David Rowlands.

Mark Lever and Jayne Bryant cut ribbon

Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society Mark Lever and Assembly Member Jayne Bryant cut the ribbon.

As well as an opportunity to look around the service and facilities, guests were able to hear first-hand from those supported at St. Mark’s about the opportunities available, focusing principally on developing practical skills and independence.

Cymru services manager for South East Wales, Harvey Philpott said,

"We support people at St. Mark’s to make meaningful progress in their lives and learn the skills required to access mainstream services, achieving as much integration as they can choose or manage.

"The open day provided a great opportunity for the people we support, and their families and friends, to take pride in their achievements to date. We are grateful too, to those local community representatives who came along to share these successes.”