Autism Hour is back!

Hannah McCourt, Security & Office Administrator - 20th September 2019

For many autistic people, the world can be full of too much information - and too little understanding.

There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and while over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

Last year, over 11,000 businesses took part in the Autism Hour campaign, taking the first step in creating autism friendly communities all over the UK. Many businesses have seen the difference it makes and have continued to take action. 

The shops taking part in Hereford City Centre this year are:

Shoe Zone, Eign Gate - 9am-10am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October

Cex, Commercial Street - 9am-10am Saturday 5th, Saturday 12th October and 10am-11am on Sunday 6th October

The Entertainer, Commercial Street - 9am-10am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October 

Old Market Management 10am-12pm – Hand dryers off in female and male toilets no excess noise on mall Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October

Frankie & Benny’s, Old Market - 8am-9am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered)

Costa, Old Market - 9am-10am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered) *

Coffee Corner, Old Market - 9am-10am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off) *

H&M, Old Market - 10:30am-11:30am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered) **

Outfit, Old Market - 10:30am-11:30am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered)

Clarks, Old Market - 10:30am-11:30am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off) (Appointments can also be booked online for shoe fitting in a quiet space)

Tiger, Old Market - 10:30am-11:30am Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Debenhams, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off) **

Jack Wills, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered)

River Island, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered)

TK Maxx, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Waitrose, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off) **

Next, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off) (Please note there may be some noise from the till bell)

Yankee Candle, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Fat Face, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music lowered)

L’Occitane, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off and lights lowered)

Pandora, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Joules, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Paperchase, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Seasalt, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off and lights lowered)

Vodafone, Old Market - 11am-12pm Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October (music off)

Odeon, Old Market - Last Sunday of every month, autism friendly screenings are shown where the lights are raised and volume lowered.  For more information, please see Odeon website.

The Entertainer are the official sponsors of Autism Hour and they open for the golden hour at different times throughout the year, not just during this designated week.  You can find their lights dimmer and music off everyday during school holidays between 9am-10am and also every Saturday between 9am-10am.

* Please note that there may be noise from the coffee machines, but there will be quiet spaces for visitors, either outside or upstairs.

** Please note that there may be tannoy announcements, but these will be kept to a minimum.