The National Autistic Society's new centre for autistic adults, Birch House, has received an official opening by the Mayor of Waverly.

Birch House officially opens.

Our charity’s brand new adult service in Godalming provides educational, recreational and vocational training in a college-type setting.

The centre will allow autistic adults to learn skills including cooking, woodwork and IT. The centre also functions as a quiet space in which individuals can focus on their own pursuits, such as creative writing, blogging and college coursework.

Parents and carers of autistic people attended the event hosted by staff from our charity. Gemma Fry, Manager of Birch House and Julie Tripp, Lead Manager of Surrey Autism Services welcomed the Mayor of Waverly, Cllr Simon Inchbald, who officially opened the service.

The Mayor of Waverly, Cllr Simon Inchbald, said: "Everyone on the autism spectrum deserves an equal chance. This is why I am really proud to open The National Autistic Society’s brand new adult service. I am looking forward to returning to visit the people who access the centre and see how the dedicated staff at Birch House give opportunities to autistic people to gain valuable life skills.”

Gemma Fry, Manager of Birch House, said: “The opening of Birch House has enabled us to increase the amount of autistic adults we can support. The National Autistic Society offers fantastic opportunities for people to learn and develop new skills and help them access the community. Allowing individuals to access a range of activities which go towards building confidence, and helps people to move onto the next stage in their lives is paramount to our work.” 

Find out about the new centre