STAFF from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) have been raising funds and awareness with a UK-wide charity.

The company teamed up with the Southern Hampshire branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) to learn how autism can change a customers’ needs.

Chairman of the branch, David Carter, and his wife Rachel, who is vice chairman, spent a day with fifteen SSEN staff members and gave a presentation and provided advice on how to best to help customers with autism.

Emma Merritt, lead customer relationship manager for SSEN South, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome David and Rachel.

“We owe it to all of our customers to do whatever we can to meet their needs and that means we are always learning and gathering new skills.”

SSEN also raised £600 to thank the local branch for helping to organise and facilitate the training day.

David Carter said: “We were delighted to be invited to give this talk to SSEN staff.

“It is so important that autism is better understood across all areas of business and the general population.

“We are very grateful to SSEN for their generous donation which we will put towards our efforts to improve the understanding of autism and, in particular, to support the work we undertake as a partner in the Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight Autism Ambassador Scheme.”