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Autism Initiatives NI

SUMMARY

Name: Autism Initiatives NI
Location: Moneyreagh
County: Down
Axis: AXIS 3 : Lagan Rural Partnership

PROJECT SUMMARY

The refurbishment of a business unit to host a new social economy enterprise called Chocolate Memories.

BACKGROUND

Autism Initiatives NI is the leading voluntary sector provider of direct support to adults with autism in Northern Ireland.

ACTIVITIES

Funded under Axis 3, through Lagan Rural Partnership, the refurbishment offers a facility which allows Chocolate Memories to mould, package and distribute chocolates for country markets, weddings, social enterprise cafes, tourist facilities and corporate events.

BENEFITS

The business proivdes a unique opportunity for volunteers to gain experience in a viable trading business.  Currently 7 trainees with autism attend the Chocolate Memories workshop with their products now selling in various retail outlets.