We were delighted and humbled recently to find out that we had been shortlisted for the Charity of the Year at the 2014 Community Awards alongside both Young People Guernsey and Guernsey Mind. Awarded to “the organisation that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round” previous winners have included Guernsey Cheshire Home and Headway Guernsey. To even be considered for such an award barely 18 months since our public launch was an absolute honour and, at last nights awards ceremony at St James, although the award was given to a very worthy winner in Young People Guernsey it was wonderful to see autism talked about in a positive light at such a prestigious occasion.
Many thanks to the judges for shortlisting us, to the Guernsey Community Foundation for putting on the awards, to the winners and nominated charities who make Guernsey the unique and special community it is, to Young People Guernsey for setting such a high standard that we can all seek to emulate and finally to ALL of you who have supported Autism Guernsey, believed in us, funded us and utilised our services – without you we would not be here. We very much enjoyed the ‘top table’ experience and, with a mission to ensure a positive future for autism in the Bailiwick, we aim to keep autism on the proverbial top table for many years to come.