A charity in Wandsworth has been awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Share Community became only the second accredited organisation in Wandsworth and the first day care service in the borough to achieve accreditation.

Share is a registered charity based in Altenburg Gardens that provides training and employment support for adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

As part of the process, over the past three years, Share has reviewed and improved every part of the organisation, including making its environment less cluttered and brighter and its communication is autism friendly.

Mikayla Mighton, Share’s my life manager and autism champion said: “I’m delighted that Share has been awarded accreditation. It’s been an absolute joy to see the positive impact the changes we’ve made have had on our autistic students – they are happier, more confident and able to work more independently.”

The NAS’s Autism Accreditation scheme is the UK’s only autism-specific programme of support and development for those who provide a service to autistic people.

Commenting on the accreditation Annie McDowall, Share’s CEO said: “The glowing report received from the National Autistic Society made my heart swell with pride on behalf of my hard working and dedicated colleagues. We are now confident in our ability to offer person-centred training programmes to people with learning disabilities and autism, and feedback from our students tells us we’re doing brilliantly!”