Congratulations are in order as Twyford House have become our 21st autism service to gain their National Autistic Society Accreditation!
We spoke to Service Manager, Denise, about their huge accomplishment!
Congratulations on your NAS Accreditation! What was it like when you found out you achieved it?
“We’re so pleased as it’s been a long process leading up to the assessment days, the outcome did come through quite quickly.
The staff were all very happy and gave a big cheer when I shared the news with them. It has also been a pleasure to share all the messages of congratulations with the team.”
That’s fantastic news! How are you going to celebrate?
“Our annual Easter party will have an autism celebration theme this year and we will be sharing our news with Twyford designed postcards!”
Sounds like a lot of fun! Can you describe what it’s like to live at Twyford House?
“Twyford House is a vibrant, busy place. Everyone has many opportunities to try lots of different things, learn skills and have the support they need live a happy and full-filled life.”
What tips would you give to other services who are working towards achieving their NAS Accreditation?
“My biggest tip is to have the knowledge and confidence to stand by your practice and systems, to be able to provide the assessor the reasoning for the way individuals are supported.
Don’t be afraid to challenge, provide all the examples, information and evidence you possibly can during the assessment to support your practice and advocate for the service, people we support and staff.
Be strong and positive in your approach to the process, there will be times where it will be frustrating, you and your team will need to pull on all your professionalism, skills and conviction but the sense of achievement for the whole service with a positive outcome is fantastic.”
Congratulations to Denise and the team at Twyford House!
World Autism Awareness Week is March 30 – April 5 Be sure to stay tuned to our website and social channels for special content raising awareness about autism!