Derbyshire High Sheriff Derek Mapp visits Heanor autism charity group

Derek Mapp visits NORSCA in Heanor
Derek Mapp visits NORSCA in Heanor

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Derek Mapp, has visited Mundy Street Day Services in Heanor for the first time to see the work carried out by austism charity NORSACA.

NORSACA is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and Mundy Street Day Services is an autism specific day service for young people and adults, aged 16 and over. It offers a wide range of structured activities based on individual requirements and interests.

Mr Mapp said: “I was delighted to attend the wonderful facility of Mundy Street which provides excellent facilities and support for adults with autism, the committed staff are exceptional and provide an essential service.

“I came away from my visit with a warm heart in understanding the opportunity extended to those with autism.”

The tour was carried out by chairman of NORSACA’s board of trustees, Keith Doble.

The Mundy Street building used to be a school and has been fully refurbished to create a calm spacious environment which is all on one level. Special features include light filters, a safe outside area including a sensory garden and designated rooms for each activity.

The experienced staff work with the youngsters to develop a plan of activities. The NORSACA team aim to help develop existing and new skills by creating a structured timetable within a supportive environment. All activities specifically focus on developing communication skills, social integration, confidence and independence, said a NORSACA spokesman.

The service runs from Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and can offer support for youngsters with autism from one to five days a week.

NORSACA fund generation manager, Melanie Howard said : “Derek and his wife, Karen, were able to meet service users and staff and were very complimentary about the range of activities and opportunities we offer for young people and adults with autism in the local area.”

NORSACA is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and was originally founded by a group of parents in 1968.

From small beginnings, the charity now runs its own specialist

school, residential and day centres plus an extensive range of services for children, adults and

families affected by autism.

NORSACA offers a wide range of services designed to support people affected by autism,

including family services, a specialist school, and outreach and supported living services, as well

as residential and day services for young people and adults with autism.

Its Sutherland House School is a specialist day school which supports up to 94 pupils and

students between the ages of 3 and 19 across five sites in Nottingham. A third of the pupils who

attend Sutherland House School are from Derbyshire.