Autism Anglia is a regional charity that provides education and support to adults and children with autism and their families throughout East Anglia.

They have a day centre in Dereham: the Norfolk Opportunities Centre where the team provide a wide range of activities for autistic adults and include a variety of skill-based and leisure sessions such as crafts, art and textiles, sports, computers and horticulture. 

Its life skills department supports people to develop and improve their independent living skills. Sessions cover everyday tasks such as cooking and meal planning, money management, timekeeping, road awareness, travelling on public transport, confidence building, shopping and supporting with voluntary work placements.

The charity also provides activities at community-based venues such as local leisure centres, cinemas, supermarkets and cafes to support individuals from being socially isolated and become actively involved within their community, something that the team at the Norfolk Opportunities Centre are extremely passionate about.

The charity relies on the generous donations from the community to enhance its services. 

The Co-op has chosen the Norfolk Opportunities Centre in Dereham as one of the charities to benefit from the Co-op local community fund.  To help them raise vital funds, members can select the Norfolk Opportunities Centre as their chosen charity.  When a member buys selected branded products and services, the Co-op will give a helping hand to local causes like Autism Anglia.

Co-op members can select the Autism Anglia Norfolk Opportunities Centre as their local cause by clicking here.

All money raised through this will be used by the charity to develop a new music, sensory and wellbeing department for autistic adults. This will help to develop communication and interaction skills, offering them the chance to move, sing and make noise in Dereham, Norfolk.

Colin Comaskey, manager of the Autism Anglia Norfolk Opportunities Centre said:

We’re delighted that has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of autistic people in Norfolk. We really hope that people will visit the Co-op website or download the Co-op app and select us as their local cause.