Autism Hero Award

July 2019
Jakki Moore


Autism Hero Award for July goes to Jakki Moore of The Beggars Theatre. Jakki is well known for her open and friendly attitude and does her utmost to make the theatre and it’s many activities inclusive for all. She has run and is currently involved in projects such as the Shadow Program which was aimed specifically at young people on the autism spectrum. Her commitment to delivering creative arts as both entertainment, education and therapy is an outstanding contribution to our community.


We also salute her staff and volunteers who more than support this philosophy too. Thank you!

June 2019
David Smith


Our Autism Hero for June is dentist David Smith of Horn Hill Dental Practice. David was nominated for his patience and consistency of approach with autistic individuals, the quiet and calm nature he has, and the time he allows for patients to process the information he is giving allowing them to build up a great trust with him. He also explains everything in a visual way.


One mother says "my son, who has limited communication skills, went to David in a great deal of pain and feeling extremely anxious. David was able to reassure him to the point that he could do an assessment and treat my son for the pain, meaning he left the surgery alot calmer and happier. We are extremely lucky to have such a fantastic dentist here in Millom".

May 2019
Jack Park


SHINE for Autism's May Autism Hero Award goes to local lad Jack Park. Earlier in the month Jack took part in the Keswick to Barrow walk to raise autism awareness and funds for autism group Autus Cumbria.


Autus works with many families in the area and also carries out all the local autism training on SHINE'S behalf.


Jack completed the challenging route in an amazing time of 11hrs 38 mins, which is a fantastic achievement at any age, never mind at just 11 years old!

Well done Jack, you’re such an inspiration to us all!

April 2019
Millom Parents and Carers Disability Group


SHINE for Autism's April Autism Hero Award goes to Millom Parents and Carers Disability Group, who have been nominated for all the wonderful activities they put on all year round for children with disabilities.


They also do a fantastic job organising relaxation sessions and workshops for parent/carers of children with disabilities, which makes a huge difference to families in our area.


Well done to you all!

March 2019
Millom Tesco


SHINE for Autism's March Autism Hero award goes to Millom Tesco, nominated for all the excellent work they do to support and assist people on the autism spectrum.


We have received several comments praising Millom Tesco’s staff by the way they welcome autistic people. Millom Tesco keeps trying its best to make people with the condition feel relax and comfortable while they shop. This award is so well deserved as Millom Tesco is one of the companies that keeps searching for ways to be more autism friendly. 


Many congratulations to all the team and thank you for your constant work.

February 2019
Millom Library


SHINE for Autism's February Autism Hero award goes to the Millom Library team, nominated for all the excellent work they do towards making Millom library autism friendly.


Their Friday morning sessions with a sensory den, light table, sensory toys and lego are very popular with our local schools and nurseries, as well as families.  They also have ear defenders, fidget muffs and other sensory equipment to make the library experience as smooth and welcoming as possible. They were also last year's Cumbria County Council team of the year in recognition of their work towards creating an autism friendly library.  They are held in very high regard by the families and local organisations that use them.

January 2019
Starts From Scratch

Huge congratulations to local business Starts From Scratch who were nominated for our Autism Hero Award for January.


Their autism initiatives such as the weekly Wednesday autism hour, their social story on the SHINE for Autism website ( 360° video to help prepare people when visiting the shop, and events such as the owl visit were all reasons for the nomination.


Well done to them all, a local business with such great awareness of autism

December 2018
Laurie & Emma-Jayne Gribbin

The winners of the SHINE for Autism December 2018 Autism Hero Award are Laurie and Emma-Jayne Gribbin!


Many congratulations to Laurie and Emma-Jayne our Autism Heroes for December!  They pulled together (& performed!) an amazing charity comedy night at The Plough on 28th December raising over £2000 for the SHINE group, and have even more planned for 2019 through their Lighthouse Events. 


Congratulations both, what a team - you are both amazing!

November 2018
Shara Elias

The winner of the SHINE for Autism November 2018 Autism Hero Award is Shara Elias!


Shara was nominated by Karen Bradley who said "Shara has been a brilliant support to Parker and has helped him whilst I haven't been here, in and out of hospital.  She has also been a strength to Esmay and Parker supporting them at home in my absence.  She is our angel".


Congratulations Shara x

October 2018
Sophie Gibson

The winner of the SHINE for Autism October 2018 Autism Hero Award is Sophie Gibson!


Sophie is one of the many brilliant TAs who work with our youngsters in local schools and they are all heroes.  She has been doing astounding work this term helping a little boy Leo to transition into mainstream primary....he has made a happy positive start on his school journey thanks to Sophie.  Outside school she does respite work with another family and also supports her nephew Tyler and his family.  She is just amazing and our community is very lucky to have her support and skills.....thank you Sophie x

September 2018
Da Vinci Ristorante

The winner of the SHINE for Autism September 2018 Autism Hero Award is Da Vinci Ristorante Millom!


Da Vinci have been nominated by several of the parents on our page for their friendly and accommodating staff. They happily adjust their menu when requested, enabling autistic individuals and their families to enjoy their meal in a calm and inviting environment.


Thank you so much Da Vinci!

August 2018
Jemma Swales

Jemma has been nominated for her outstanding commitment to helping autistic individuals, their families and businesses within our local area. 


Her extensive knowledge has been passed on to many people in the area, which has enabled us to gain momentum to achieve our overall goal of becoming an autism friendly community.

Thank you so much Jemma!

The SHINE for Autism Trustees

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SHINE for Autism is a registered CIO - Charity number 1185018
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