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Autism Awareness Week marked by flag-raising at Barking town hall

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 April 2019

Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.

Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.

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The council has kicked off Autism Awareness Week with a flag-raising at Barking Town Hall.

Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.

Staff and supporters of Dagenham autism charity the Sycamore Trust joined councillors and members of the community for the event.

Steve Dixon from the Sycamore Trust said: “Autism Awareness Week is our chance to be in the spotlight and it’s vitally important that we raise awareness of this important issue.

“Autism is a hidden disability and as such is often overlooked, so events like this are a great way to raise our profile as well as important revenue, all of which is spent on local services for local people.

“It was great to see the week launched this week outside the Town Hall. Look out for our #DareToBeDifferent campaign this Friday.”

Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.Council Leader Darren Rodwell and Mayor Cllr Sanchia Alasia at the flagraising ceremony to raise awareness of autism.

Steve was joined by council leader Darren Rodwell and Barking and Dagenham mayor Councillor Sanchia Alasia.

The trust is encouraging people to wear something different to work or school on Friday, April 5.

People who do dress-up are asked to donate £1 to the charity.

To find out more, visit sycamoretrust.org.uk.

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