Voyage Care launches new autism specialism

Leading provider of specialist care and support, Voyage Care, has launched an enhanced autism specialism which will establish them at the forefront of support for autistic people.

The autism specialism, part of a three-year growth strategy, was launched at two events for Voyage Care service managers from across the UK, where the new autism-specific policy and procedures, autism action plan and innovative new collateral were shared.

As part of the specialism, Voyage Care’s unique partnership with the Autism Accreditation programme at the National Autistic Society is being developed and will see them undertaking one of NAS’ largest-ever accreditation evolvements. Three of the company’s care homes and a day service are already NAS-accredited and another 33 are being supported towards accreditation.

Voyage Care’s Autism Professionals Group – made up of a diverse range of autism experts from across the organisation – has led the creation of a new one-stop-shop of autism-related content with blogs, case studies, advice and updates. This new autism-specific area is a valuable online resource for anyone wanting to learn more about autism and the company’s approach to supporting autistic people.

They have invested in a specialist autism learning and development pathway, supported by innovative toolkits and resources, which will enable them to continue to provide high quality care and support for autistic people.

A comprehensive staff resource pack has also been created, containing tools, the new policy and procedure, case studies and factsheets, which will ensure their support for autistic people is based on good practice.

Amanda Griffiths, Director of Quality at Voyage Care, said: “We are proud and delighted to be launching our autism specialism. The next three years will see Voyage Care established at the forefront of support for autistic people. As the leading provider of specialist care and support, we are committed to building upon our expertise in supporting autistic people, and see this as an important part of our growth strategy over the coming years.”

A spokesperson at the National Autistic Society said: “Voyage Care should be exceptionally proud of their journey towards accreditation. The National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation programme was launched over 20 years ago and sets extremely high standards, which Voyage Care is working incredibly hard to meet. Autism Accreditation highlights good autism practice and we are very pleased to be working with Voyage Care on their programme. It is a great thing in itself and, we believe, will inspire other organisations and services to improve the way they support autistic people.”