By Justine Clayton
The autism friendly Accessible Santa is a completely different way to meet Santa during the magical time of year, hosted by Compass Wellbeing.
Many children, and parents can find the whole Santa experience overwhelming, getting a unwanted, normally plastic gift, trying to get the all-important photo with Santa in the short time you get to see him.
Accessible Santa is very different, for the whole session we are lucky to have Santa there, sitting there in his Winter Wonderland and the children and parents can go up to him as often as they want during the session and chocolate and sweet treats are given out.
There will be lots of crafts and games to take part in and our brilliant café and sensory room are open throughout each session too!
Accessible Santa starts on Saturday 14th December and runs on various dates up to Monday 23rd December. Each child is only £4 and parents/carers go free, being accessible means being affordable too.
Booking in advance is required, at the website and we also have 3 Autistic Friendly sessions available, where there will be less people and a more calming atmosphere.
If you would like to know more about Compass Disability Services and their autism friendly events, you can contact them at the following address:
Compass Disability Services
Unit 11-12 Belvedere Trading Estate
Tel: 01823 282823
Christmas for many of us can be loads of fun and very exciting, but for others, new activity can be incredibly overwhelming.
However, with plenty of good planning amongst friends & family, some good communication all round, then Christmas can be enjoyed by all.
The National Autism Society have created a list of top tips as downloadable PDF guides which you may find useful this Christmas:
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