Our Inclusion Works ‘Social Skills’ programme focuses on the development of key life skills for neurodiverse service users with autism. The participants on the programme develop an understanding of neurodiversity, so that they are better equipped at tackling obstacles they may face as a result of their condition. Life skills ranging from stress management to gaining resilient confidence are developed and built upon to enable participants to take control and improve their quality of life. Precise interventions are employed within the programme to allow participants the ability to explore their own behaviour and develop self-management strategies. Social skills have been developed in this way to create opportunities to explore in person social and employability interactions in a controlled environment which enables practical application of their personal development.


The Social Skills programme is delivered face-to-face in a group to create a safe environment that enables participants to recognise similarities with their peers. This environment also allows participants the ability to create social connections and recognise how their health condition relates to their social and employability barriers.

The Social Skills Programme was delivered by IWSE Training Officer, Sarah Loughran, and developed in collaboration with Training Officers Robin Hamilton and  Claire Fallows.


 Cedar will continue to work closely with partners to deliver services that support individuals and families living with disability, autism and brain injury to live the lives they choose. Cedar’s vision for an inclusive society for all was reflected in the diversity of achievements celebrated at the event. If you would like to find our more about current services please visit www.cedar-foundation.org

 Inclusion Works project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. Funding is also provided by the Department for Communities and all five local HSCTs in Northern Ireland.