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The Acton daytime hub is a service for autistic people aged 18 years and over.

The aim of the service is to provide accessible further education and training to enable learners to achieve their full potential and independence in an environment in which they feel supported, included and understood.

We are based in Acton, West London, on a mainstream college campus. Situated in a busy town, learners are able to take advantage of many learning opportunities through accessing local amenities. The service is based close to local bus routes and a London underground station.

Curriculum

The Acton daytime hub provides activities and support for autistic adults, both at the centre and in the community. We help people develop their communication and social skills by participating in vocational and leisure activities. Following careful assessment of an individual’s needs and interests, a unique support programme is devised. Individuals have a personal timetable, which caters to their own social and communication strengths and needs.

At Acton, we provide a full range of activities including photography, swimming, horse riding, sports, music, pottery, art, dance, drama, yoga, tai chi, aromatherapy, baking and independent living skills such as travel training. Individuals have access to computers, and numeracy, literacy and communication skills are incorporated into most areas of the curriculum. Activities operate in the service and out in the community to encourage individuals to generalise their learning (ie use their skills in different environments).

The service achieved outstanding results during the last accreditation review. There are opportunities for work experience eg at a local market stall and café run by the service. Individuals take part in activities in small groups that are organised by trained staff (staffing ratios are set based on the individuals’ assessed need).

Facilities

Based within an original Victorian college building, the service comprises of six spacious teaching rooms. In addition to this there is an IT suite, incorporating a range of specialist ICT equipment and software. A large well-equipped drama and movement studio, an art, pottery and woodwork workshop, facilities for horticulture and a teaching kitchen. Based in the heart of Acton, learners have access to a variety of local amenities.

How to pay for this service

Support through our day-time hubs is funded by your local authority, either directly or through personal budgets allocated to you. Find out more about personal budgets or benefits and care.

How to find us

Our Acton daytime hub is open Monday-Friday. We do not currently offer a drop-in service. Booked visits arranged with the manager are welcomed throughout the year. Read more information about how to find us.

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