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NOTTINGHAM’S intu Broadmarsh and intu Victoria Centre are helping to raise awareness of Autism in the region as part of a continued partnership with Autism East Midlands.

Autism East Midlands is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, visited intu Broadmarsh last week (28 Mar) as part of World Autism Awareness week – and will be at intu Victoria Centre on 4 April to offer information, signposting and support as well as showcasing artwork produced by students from the Sutherland House School.

intu Victoria Centre and intu Broadmarsh have been working with Autism East Midlands for 18 months, helping to both raise awareness and creating an autism friendly shopping environment through dedicated ‘Autism Hours’ held in centre as well as having a number of trained staff to help sufferers.

Nigel Wheatley, general manager for the two intu centres in Nottingham, said: “We have been working in partnership with Autism East Midlands for more than a year and we are very pleased to be able to support them during World Autism Awareness Week.

We want to put a smile on the face of everyone who visits an intu centre and this means training our staff, supporting our customers and working with brands in the centre as well as organisations like Autism East Midlands to provide a welcoming and accessible experience for all.

Linda Wakeham Learning & Development Lead said “As autism is becoming more prevalent, approximately in 1 person in 100 has a diagnosis of autism, many peoples lives are affected by autism. It was an excellent opportunity for Autism East Midlands to raise awareness of the condition”.

We would like to thank intu for their warm hospitality and their commitment to ensure that all intu centres are accessible to all individuals, regardless of their condition or disability is exemplary. We would like to thank the management and staff for their continued support for autistic individuals


To celebrate World Autism Week, Group 10 at Sutherland House School have been making gold ‘hopes and dreams‘ leaves and Jamal celebrated by making a T-shirt.     






Early morning on 5th April a team of amateur domino topplers gathered at our Cresswell offices armed with small blocks ready to get to work.

Their challenge (and they chose to accept it) was to create a domino topple spreading from the upstairs offices through all of the departments and ending in a finale in the the boardroom. The blocks themselves had been beautifully decorated by our adult service users and staff making them extra special and a lovely way to involve our wider community. ‘Team Topple’ were assisted by James and Timm from “Responsible Fishing” who filmed the event and helped it all come together perfectly.                                                           

Domino Topple

The aim of the day was to bring staff from all our services together in a joint project to celebrate our 50th anniversary year. We think they did an amazing job and the end results were fantastic! We would like to thank “Responsible Fishing” for helping coordinate the event, our wonderful service users who decorated the blocks so nicely and of course our staff team: Joe Butterworth, Kevin Pakenham, Pat Smith, Robert Moore, Steph Rees, Philip Scott, Liam Smith, Lydia Mae Verran, Amber Williams, Jane Woodhead, Jess Monk, Chris Hensman, Sean Howdle, Lewis Brett and Joel Lambert.