14th December 2016
Autism Together recognised for their outstanding achievements at the Land Trust site
Port Sunlight River Park has picked up the Community Engagement accolade at the 3rd Sector Care Awards in recognition of how the management team use the park to benefit thousands of people each year.
The Bromborough park, opened in autumn 2014, is leased to national land management charity the Land Trust and managed by Autism Together, who are working together to create an inclusive space that offers a variety of opportunities for its service users, as well as local residents and visitors.
Combining Autism Together’s remit of supporting people with autism and their families, and the Land Trust’s charitable aims around health, education and community cohesion, Ranger Anne Litherland and many volunteers have worked hard to exceed expectations.
Highlights of their achievements from the past two years include:
Autism Together Range Anne Litherland said: “From inspiring people to stop and notice nature and encouraging teamwork among people who find social interaction challenging, to generating pride in where people live and supporting wildlife monitoring projects; Port Sunlight River Park has done so much good. It has become an important education and support facility for Autism Together, an outdoor classroom for schools, and a place for everyone in the community to enjoy.”
Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, commented: “It’s great to see Port Sunlight River Park recognised in this way; credit to Ranger Anne, the Autism Together team and our Estate Manager Sarah Palgrave-Neath for the work they have done. We’re delighted that the health and care sector has recognised the park as an example of partnership working that brings people together for their own benefit, and to help others and support the environment.”
Robin Bush, Chief Executive Officer at Autism Together, added: “This valuable green space is bursting at the seams with green credentials; it has genuinely transformed an eyesore into a place of beauty and tranquility, transforming local people’s lives at the same time. The possibilities for its future development as an autism-friendly community resource for play, exercise, socialising, volunteering and nurturing and studying wildlife are endless.”
About Port Sunlight River Park:
A Land Trust community survey revealed:
The Nordic walking here is great for getting you fit. We do a three mile route through the woodlands and you feel top of the world when you've finished.
Tom and Jean, Bentley Community Woodlands
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