Global meetings procurement company HelmsBriscoe raised £26,000 for a major autism initiative at its fifth annual HB Cares Autism Benefit recently.
The event was held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London and brought together 120 HelmsBriscoe associates, guests and supplier partners.
Supported by The MPI Foundation and Meeting Needs, HelmsBriscoe worked together with The National Autistic Society (NAS) to provide event and hotel industry work experience for young adults with autism. With just 15% of autistic adults having full-time employment, and nearly one-third unemployed, this programme serves to provide much-needed career support to autistic individuals, and has helped more than 20 candidates secure employment and gain invaluable experience.
“The cohort that we have this year have all benefitted massively from being a part of this project,” said Martyn Brown, student support coordinator for The National Autistic Society.
“The benefits for those taking part are varied – from those who have simply learned more about themselves, to others who have overcome barriers and even gained new skills. It is clear that without the support of both HelmsBriscoe and NAS, these people wouldn’t be where they are today.”
“So far this year, HB Cares has raised more than £26,000 and helped participants secure work placements at some of London’s most prestigious hotels,” said Carole McKellar, MD for HelmsBriscoe Northern Europe. “We hope that more companies will see the qualities and skills that a person with autism can bring to their role, and that by highlighting this ‘untapped workforce’, more people will be able to find meaningful, rewarding jobs that will make a huge difference in their lives.”