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Details confirmed for 2018 event

Details of the date, guest speakers and some of the stallholders for this year’s #BiggerAndBetterInLeeds autism awareness day event have been confirmed. The 2018 event will take place on Tuesday 27th March from 9:30am to 3pm.

It will be held in the Banqueting Suite of the Leeds Civic Hall, and is completely free to attend. Two guest speakers have been lined up, as well as a few short speeches by local autistic people and an exciting new addition this year.

Guest speakers

We have some fantastic guest speakers lined up for the 2018 event. The first is television producer and comedy writer Henry Normal. Henry has a 19-year-old autistic son and has recently published a new book ‘A Normal Family – Everyday Adventures with our Autistic Son’.

Henry explains the book is for anyone whose life has been touched by autism – it’s about hope, the despair, and the messy, honest and sometimes comical day-to-day world of autism.

The second is Angie Balmer, the Learning Disability and Neurodiverse Conditions Community Partner for the DWP in West Yorkshire. Angie will be talking about her efforts to up-skill work coaches regarding autism and the challenges it brings.

She will also discuss her experiences as an autistic person acclimatising to a new career within the civil service. Angie has been working for the DWP for a number of years and regularly visits job centres in Leeds.

Afterwards, we will also have a few small talks from autistic people in the Leeds area. They will be speaking about what it’s possible to achieve as an autistic person. Details on these speakers will be released in the coming weeks.

Autism tree

We will also have an “autism tree”, which will feature leaves that ask visitors to say what autism means to them. The tree will be on display in the main hall on the day. It will be moved to the Leeds City Museum later that week to mark Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

Aside from the tree, we have some of the confirmed stallholders. Leeds Autism Services, Specialist Autism Services, Leeds ABC and Leeds Autism AIM will all be there, with many more to be announced later on.

New sponsors

We have secured a couple of sponsors, both of whom we are really appreciative of for supporting our event. The first is the White Rose Shopping Centre and the second are Lookers Nissan in Leeds. With both their support, we can provide the best possible event.

Parking and catering

In addition to that, the Cuthbert Brodrick branch of Wetherspoons have agreed to give visitors to the event a 20% discount on food. This only applies if ordering while the event is happening. At the event itself, the Leeds Civic Hall catering service will be selling hot and cold drinks.

As with last year’s event, CitiPark will be providing discounted parking to any of our visitors. Parking is available at the Merrion Centre for a discounted rate.

To obtain your discount, simply go to the CitiPark multi-storey on the day. Then, bring your ticket to Leeds Autism Services’ stall. They will discount your ticket by 50%.

Stalls confirmed for 2017 event

Leeds Autism Services Stall #BiggerAndBetterinLeeds 2015

We are delighted to reveal the full list of stallholders for this year’s #BiggerAndBetterInLeeds autism awareness event. In total, 25 groups will be represented, with some of Leeds’ most well-known autism charities and services present.

The stalls will be split across two floors, with most of the children’s services downstairs. Upstairs, you will find services exclusively for adults. Here is who you will see during the event:

Downstairs:

  1. Housing Leeds
  2. DWP
  3. Through The Maze
  4. Volition
  5. Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL)
  6. Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau
  7. Pyramid Of Arts
  8. Carers Leeds
  9. DALES – Bid
  10. Leeds ABC / STARS Team
  11. Scope / SEND IASS
  12. The Jigsaw Tree
  13. ZigZag
  14. Options Group
  15. The Lighthouse Foundation

Upstairs:

  1. Leeds Autism AIM
  2. Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service (LADS)
  3. Home Farm Trust / Purple Patch Arts
  4. Leeds Autism Services
  5. Real Life Options
  6. Leeds Asperger Adults
  7. Specialist Autism Services
  8. Intensive Interaction
  9. People Matters
  10. Ruth Williams Counselling
  11. Aspiedent

All of our stalls are now occupied. We’re sure that you will find at least one group who might be able to provide the information you need to learn more about what it is to be autistic.

We will publish a map of the venue in due course to help you find where each stall is, if you’re looking for a specific service.

Everything in place for 2017 event

Leeds Lego Crest #BiggerAndBetterinLeeds 2016

Speakers, sponsorship, parking and the event schedule have all been sorted out for the 2017 edition of #BiggerAndBetterInLeeds. We are delighted to welcome Janine Booth and Anna Kennedy OBE as speakers, whilst we have a few new sponsors on board to help us fund the event.

Outsourced Client Solutions (OCS), a facilities management service provider, are on board as event sponsors. They have been joined by Leeds Bradford International Airport and Branded3, an award-winning digital marketing agency based in Leeds.

We also have support from CitiPark, who once again have been extremely generous in offering discounted parking to visitors to our event. Leeds City Council, meanwhile, have let us use the Banqueting Suite of the Leeds Civic Hall for the second year running.

The schedule

Now that everything has been arranged, here is the confirmed schedule for our 2017 event:

  • 9.30am: Event opens
  • 10am: Welcome speech
  • 11am: Talk by Janine Booth
  • 12.30pm: Talk by Anna Kennedy OBE
  • 3pm: Event closes

We will be releasing a full list of the stallholders at the event in due course. They will be spread across two floors, with children’s services on the ground floor and adults’ services on the first floor.

In the meantime, if you want more information on the event itself, please visit the 2017 event page.