Today we’re running a ‘quiet hour’ and switching off our radio system in support of the National Autism Society’s Autism Hour, to provide autistic people with a break from the usual overload of ‘too much information’.
For one hour on October 2nd, between 10am-11am, Co-op stores will be holding an autism hour, taking simple steps to make its shops more autism friendly.
Amanda Jennings, our Marketing Communications Director at Co-op Food said: “As a community retailer it’s important that we listen to our colleagues, members and customers and adapt our stores to support all members of the community where we can.
“Co-op Members have told us this is important to them and that’s why it’s important to us. We are proud to be supporting The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour and we’re currently looking into what changes we can make to our in-store radio programme. We hope this hour will provide an enhanced shopping experience for those in the community who find excess noise problematic.”
All of our stores will have the in-store radio and DJ announcements and deals turned off, as well as the TV screens and tannoy announcements to make shopping easier for those with the condition.
Mark Lever, CEO at the National Autistic Society said: “It is really encouraging to see shops and services such as Co-op getting involved in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour. Like anyone, people on the autism spectrum and their families want the opportunity to go to the shops. But many find the often busy, loud and unpredictable environment of public places overwhelming and avoid them altogether.
“Our Too Much Information campaign has highlighted that the smallest changes can make the biggest difference for autistic people and we’re confident this week-long event around the UK will help shops and services understand how we can work towards a more autism friendly world.”