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The Burnavon Makes A Big Impact

The Burnavon, Cookstown has become the first Mid Ulster District Council facility to have been presented with the Autism NI Autism Impact Award, as a result of its efforts to create a more autism friendly environment for visitors.

Through training, and a number of adaptions, the Burnavon and its staff are now better equipped to understand any visitors to the centre who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to adapt the environment to best support them.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean congratulated the Burnavon saying, 

 “The achievement of this award is a real testament to all the team within the Burnavon, demonstrating that they understand the importance of making our facilities more accessible to all. I warmly congratulate them, and look forward to seeing their efforts result in providing an even higher quality customer service for the Autism community.”

Presentations to the Burnavon were made by Christine Kearney, Director of Development, Autism NI who said:

“It was a pleasure to present the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre with the Autism Impact Award. As a result of their efforts in learning, and undertaking a number of adaptions within the facility, Burnavon staff are now more aware of what Autism is and how to provide a more inclusive service to autistic people and their families.”

Other facilities within the Council currently working towards the Autism Impact Award include OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory and The Bridewell, Magherafelt. In addition, the delivery of Corporate Events is being reviewed with the aim of achieving the Award in the future. 

To find out more about the Burnavon, the Autism Impact Award and what’s on visit

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