Families supported by local charity Autism Anglia came together to enjoy a fun filled afternoon in the sun.

Pupils at Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft school, as well as adults supported by the charity in its Residential and Supported Living services, Outreach and Opportunities Centre in Colchester were joined by parents, carers, and charity trustees at a BBQ held at the specialist school.

Pictured above: A guest has her face painted

James McQuiggan, chief executive at Autism Anglia said: 

After speaking to parents of people we support though the charity, I realised many wanted the opportunity to meet others that we support and their families in a safe space.

Around 250 people attended, and it was a lovely afternoon for our services across Essex.

Some people have been supported by the charity for 40 years, but often don’t get a chance to meet people from other areas of the charity, so this was a wonderful opportunity for everyone.

Staff from across the charity pitched in to put on a wonderful afternoon where guests enjoyed delicious food prepared by Doucecroft Schools catering team, we had bouncy castles and face-painting for the children and adults we support, and music from our resident DJ/Careers Lead at Doucecroft!

Autism Anglia is the leading Autistic service provider in East Anglia that has been supporting autistic people in the area for over 50 years. They offer services and facilities that encourage autistic children and adults to live a rich and fulfilling life.

Pictured above: Guests enjoyed the bouncy castles