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Glasgow Fort's quiet hour marks first anniversary

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SuzanneMackie1 Tue 29-Aug-17 11:48:56

A weekly ‘quiet hour’ at a leading shopping and leisure destination has been hailed as a success by parents as it marks its first anniversary.
There is no background music in the communal areas or in stores from 10am to 11am on a Sunday at Glasgow Fort to support those with sensory issues and conditions such as autism.
Jacqueline Foy suggested the idea to Glasgow Fort. The Gartcosh mum found her eight-year-old son Patrick, who has autism, would get upset by music in the shops. She now visits each week with Patrick and her daughter Jennifer. Jacqueline said:
“The ‘quiet hour’ has made a huge difference to Patrick. The peace and quiet is amazing. We can have a lovely walk in a calm environment and he is relaxed. It has been a benefit to the whole family as his enjoyment of these trips helps set the tone for the day.
“I have told other parents about this and it is something more venues should embrace. I would like to thank Glasgow Fort for making this happen.”
Phil Goodman, Centre Director at Glasgow Fort, added:
“We want Glasgow Fort to be as welcoming as possible and understand background noise can present a difficulty for those with sensory issues and conditions such as autism. Our weekly quiet hour allows people with these conditions, and their friends and families, to enjoy time shopping and dining here in a more relaxed atmosphere.
“We are delighted it has been so well received in its first year.”
Glasgow Fort has 2500 free parking spaces and the longest opening hours of any shopping centre in Scotland.

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