8 Apr 16

Sizewell B supports World Autism Awareness Week

In support of World Autism Awareness Week*, Sizewell B power station held a science-based activity day for children on the autistic spectrum.

The station’s visitor centre spoke with families within the local community to understand how they could offer support to children with autism. They found that whilst the range of activities on offer in the visitor centre are generally suitable for all ages and abilities, due to the centre’s popularity during school holidays some of the children with additional needs can sometimes find this overwhelming. 

Kate Chate, parent, said "It’s been such a calm, welcoming environment with no pressure to take part but plenty of support and interesting science things to see and do".

The visitor centre guides had a fun-packed agenda to introduce the young visitors to science in an engaging way, including finding out about magnetism and exploring how magnets are used and other metals. Over 30 visitors attended and were able to see the control room simulator as well as stimulating their learning through hands-on experiences.

Sarah Osborne, Sizewell B visitor centre coordinator said: "The school holidays are a time for fun so we encourage children to think about science whilst they are at play. Following feedback gained from our customers we had the idea to run a specific activity day to ensure we are enabling all members of the local community to enjoy visiting us. It also offers the parents or carers the opportunity to meet other parents and carers whilst their children are safely engaged in the activities.”

The visitor centre also liaised with local organisations supporting children with additional needs including Suffolk parent carer network, Autism Suffolk and Activities Unlimited, to organise and promote the day. 

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

Notes to editors

The Sizewell B visitor centre

The Sizewell B visitor centre opened in December 2012 and has welcomed over 13,000 visitors.  

The visitor centre is normally open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours are organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public are also able to attend by appointment. 

Visitors are given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To find out more and to enquire about booking a visit, contact 01728 653974 or sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.

  *World Autism Awareness Week
World Autism Awareness Week runs from 2 April to 8 April 2016. The National Autistic Society uses the week to encourage people to raise awareness about autism and raise money to help autistic people and their families across the UK. Last year, almost 5,000 people took part, it was the charity’s biggest ever fundraising campaign and raised over £235,000.

EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.