Gillingham Library goes autism-friendly

Gillingham Library has a new autism-friendly room.

It has been designed in partnership with Autism Wessex to give people with autism and their family or carer a quiet place to go, as they may need to seek out time alone if overloaded with social interaction, or if spaces are too bright or loud for comfort.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member responsible for libraries said: “Library Services contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities and the creation of this room will provide a quiet, relaxing space with access to reading materials.

“It’s vital that everyone in a community has the opportunities and access to enjoyable and educational resources.”

The room is also available for professionals to run support sessions, counselling, assessments or meetings.

Visitors can familiarise themselves with the building before visiting through the library’s ‘picture journey’.

There will be an opportunity to see the room, meet the staff and see the autism book collection on 16 October from 10.30 am -12 noon.

To book the room email gillinghamlibrary@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 01747 822180.