Pets at Home Godalming welcomed a group of adults we support at our Surrey Residential and Community Services into store as part of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour, a week-long event where shops and services take 60 minutes to provide autistic people with a break from the usual information overload.

The group from our Surrey Residential and Community Services, a National Autistic Society service in Godalming for autistic adults, enjoyed a special tour of the store followed by a workshop, which involved learning about rabbits and guinea pigs, in the lead up to the store’s official Autism Hour.


Pets at Home Godalming has teamed up the National Autistic Society and will be holding its Autism Hour on Sunday 8 October at 8am, an hour before the store officially opens. Pets at Home will be taking simple steps to make the store more autism friendly - from dimming the lights, turning down music and till bells and sharing information about autism with employees.

David Purcell, store manager at Pets at Home Godalming said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Stonepit Close into the Godalming store for such an important cause. This is a fantastic initiative and one we are extremely pleased to be a part of.
“Our store will be opening an hour earlier on Sunday 8 October and we will be providing a relaxed, stress free, autism friendly space for our customers.”

Leighton Carter, Support Worker at the National Autistic Society’s Stonepit Close, said: “We are always encouraging everyone who lives at the National Autistic Society’s Stonepit Close to live life to the full, learn new skills and become more independent. However, it can be difficult to organise trips to public places because of how overwhelming autistic people can find them. We are thrilled to be involved in the charity’s first UK-wide Autism Hour event and deeply grateful to Pets at Home Godalming for inviting Kevin and I to come along to their Autism Hour. It has been a wonderful experience that we will always remember. It's so great to see all the people we support get involved in campaigns within the organisation. They haven't stopped talking about the photos and they were all full of pride for their contribution to the event. It's lovely to witness and how it effects their self-esteem and self-worth - it's why I do the job I do.”

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