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New autism offices opened by Lords deputy speaker

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Autism Guernsey’s new offices were yesterday opened by the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Guernsey-born Baroness Pitkeathley, the deputy speaker in the House of Lords, unveils a plaque to open the new Autism Guernsey offices in St Martin’s. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 23834089)

Originally from Guernsey, Baroness Jill Pitkeathley drew back the curtain to unveil the plaque at the new premises.

‘It gives me great pleasure to unveil this plaque, it’s a nice plaque, and I have unveiled a few plaques in my time,’ Baroness Pitkeathley announced.

The new site offers a training and counselling room, which will also be shared with Action for Children.

Baroness Pitkeathley launched the charity back in 2013 with the aim of providing support for both the parents and carers involved and those living with the condition themselves.

Arriving to speak about the role the third sector plays in supporting charity services she said: ‘I have strong views about the third sector, we have to meet admin costs but to do that we need to get them involved with the volunteers, you need to get them involved in the service.

‘I am the only Channel Islander in the houses of parliament, and I campaign on behalf of where I am from but I did not start out in politics.

‘I was initially a social worker, and a campaigner for carers, my political life only really began in 1997.

‘It has been a great honour to launch this charity, it has been good to see the progress it has made.’

  • The new Autism Guernsey offices are located above Motor Mall in St Martins.

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