The lockdown achievements of charity Bristol Autism Support (BAS) have been recognised with a prestigious award.
The Bristol Diversity Awards named BAS as its 2020 Organisation for Disability at an online awards ceremony on December 5.
BAS beat off 1,500 nominees to win the award, which was decided by five judges.
Awards host Patrick Hart praised BAS for how it adapted to the challenges of COVID 19. He said, “more than 2,000 Bristol families with disabled children receive help currently from Bristol Autism Support. During the 2020 lockdown, autistic children suddenly had all their support from schools, therapists and respite care withdrawn. The charity’s founding director moved the support from face-to-face to online support groups. They posted videos on social media and their website and put together a team of volunteers to support families by phone and by email. Congratulations to Bristol Autism Support.”
BAS founding director Kate Laine-Toner said, “we are over the moon at winning this important award. We have worked very hard this year to ensure that we have provided accessible, virtual support in a wide number of ways for parents and carers of autistic children. It’s an honour to be recognised for this effort.”