Fresh look for Autism Jersey Boutique

Around 15 volunteers from Moore Stephens helped to give the Autism Jersey Boutique a fresh look ready for its reopening later this month.

Along with painting and cleaning walls and ceilings, the volunteers gave the front desk and shelving some much-needed TLC.

The volunteers worked on the St Helier boutique over the 17th, 18th and 19th of January.

The Autism Jersey boutique offers islanders a way to support the charity through purchasing clothes, accessories, books and gifts. In addition, it gives opportunities to people with autism to work in the shop to help develop social and work skills. The boutique is a valued part of the local community and was a finalist in the Channel Islands Diversity and Equality Awards held by Liberate in 2016.

Autism affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. It also affects how the person makes sense of the world around them. Autism Jersey’s Chief Operations Officer Paul Sullivan said: “There are about 1,000 people on the autism spectrum in Jersey. Our Boutique gives opportunities to people with autism to engage in meaningful work experience and develop skills while building confidence in a supportive environment.”

The shop managers, Catherine Tubb and Karen Gallichan, are both parents to autistic children and said: “It was fantastic to have such hard-working and friendly volunteers from Moore Stephens to transform the boutique so we can continue to support a valued cause.”

The boutique, which is in Bath Street, will reopen on Wednesday 24 January.