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The Shankly Hotel Becomes First Autism Friendly Hotel in Liverpool

Posted on 01.04.2016

The Shankly Hotel is proud to announce that we’re the first autism friendly hotel in Liverpool.

As part of a city-wide initiative to become the UK’s first autism-friendly city, The Shankly Hotel has paired up with Autism Adventures and Autism Together. We are now all behind the bid to make Liverpool autism-friendly.

A positive effect on autism awareness

The staff at both The Shankly Hotel and The Bastion Bar & Restaurant will attend specialist training and awareness programs. These programmes will enable individual staff members recognise the signs that someone may have autism. Each member will be equipped with the ability to handle any challenging behaviour.

Autism Adventures was founded by Julie Simpson after she wanted her autistic son Joe to be able to go out in Liverpool. Julie dreamed that one day Joe could experience the things other children can such as going out for a meal, using public transport, staying in hotels or going shopping.

The Shankly Hotel Staff

The path to an autism friendly city

Julie then set about creating the Autism Friendly Liverpool initiative. The plan involves a number of Liverpool companies such as Liverpool One, Everton FC, MerseyTravel, and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

It is estimated that one in every hundred people or around 700,000 people in the UK have autism. The awareness around the spectrum of autism is particularly low which is why becoming autism-friendly is so important.

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The project is backed by Connect to Autism. A Department of Health-funded scheme being rolled out nationally by the Autism Alliance, a network of 18 autism charities. The scheme aims to increase awareness and understanding of autism right across the UK, it is also backed by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

The Shankly Hotel


For National Autism Awareness Week and National Autism Awareness Day (2nd April 2016) the hashtag #FlagUpAutism is being used to spread the message about autism awareness in the UK.

We are very proud to be working with these great charities and organisations and to be part of such an important initiative.