The Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire branches of The National Autistic Society came together with Guinness Pro 12 rugby club, the Scarlets, to organise an evening of entertainment aimed at raising awareness of autism and the support that our volunteers can provide across the region.
The Llanelli-based club opened their Supporters’ Village up to our branches prior to their game against Zebre Rugby at Parc y Scarlets.As well as providing support and information, our volunteers brought along our Too Much Information Campaign Virtual Reality experience, provided a sensory tent, face painting and even arranged for a rodeo bull to be available for fans before kick-off.
The branches made the most of this great opportunity to reach people who didn’t previously have any knowledge of autism and to help them to understand some of the challenges autistic people can face. They could also meet autistic people and their families who didn’t know how our branches can support them locally. The evening was topped off with Dyton Probert, a huge Scarlets fan and whose family are members of the Carmarthenshire branch of The National Autistic Society, running out with the team before the game.
Meleri Thomas, The National Autistic Society Cymru external affairs manager, said: "This was a hugely successful evening raising awareness of autism and we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Scarlets and the welcome opportunity to be one of their community partners"
Our branches provide invaluable support to autistic people and their families’ right across Wales. The volunteers in our Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire branches deserve a huge amount of credit for their incredible efforts not just in organising this fantastic event, but their work every day supporting hundreds of families across the region.