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Autism Jersey receive £5,000 grant from Santander

The course leaders Richard Rolfe and Jonathan Channing and the Managing Director at Santander International for Channel Islands and Isle of Man James Pountney.

Autism Jersey received £5,000 from Santander to fund a five day coding course for 8 people who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Last year, Autism Jersey received £5,000 to fund a five-day coding course for eight people who are on the autism spectrum.  The donation was provided by The Discovery Foundation , supported by Santander UK , which offers grants to registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant enabled the young adults to develop their IT skills and provided opportunities for problem solving, teamwork, and improving presentation and communication skills.

Autism Jersey  is the leading charity in the island dedicated to the assistance and support of people on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome and other communication and developmental disorders. The charity enables people who have autism to lead a full and inclusive life and enjoy an appropriate degree of independence. Autism Jersey also supports parents and siblings of people on the spectrum, and advises relevant professionals.

Paul Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at Autism Jersey said: ‘‘We are delighted that The Discovery Foundation has awarded this grant to Autism Jersey. The £5,000 enabled the group to develop their IT skills and improve their chances of meaningful employment but also and perhaps more importantly provide them with opportunities to develop friendships with like-minded people.”

Photo (left to right): Richard Rolfe (course leader), Jonathan Channing (course assistant) and James Pountney, (managing director, Santander International).




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