AN independent support service for children with autism and anxiety has been nominated twice for a Worcestershire Education Award.

Confidence Caffe, run by Patsy Holbrook, has been nominated for the Special Education Needs (SENCO) Award and Support Staff of the Year.

The support service, based in Fairwater Close, Evesham, helps youngsters and offers support to parents.

Charlene Hartill, who submitted a nomination, said: “Patsy is an amazing woman who has helped my daughter with her anxiety and help me support her.

“She goes above and beyond every day to make a difference in young people’s lives.

“She has excellent communication skills with children and makes them feel at ease to open up.”

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Mrs Holbrook helps children discover their inner confidence and develop stronger relationships.

Her experience as a parent and former SENCO has informed her customisable programme for children aged four to 16.

Some schools fund Mrs Holbrook’s services for children who fail to access learning to their full potential or engage with peers, but the majority of clients self-fund.

She said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have received a nomination for this prestigious award.

“Children with autism spectrum disorders or anxiety can find daily life extremely challenging. Their needs are often overlooked, impacting not only on them but their parents and siblings too.

“It means the world to me that families have taken the time to nominate me for what I do, but the simple truth is that nothing is more rewarding than helping a young person become more confident and more happy - it sets them up for life.”

The education awards ceremony was originally scheduled for June 25, however has now been confirmed to take place on October 21 at University Arena in Worcester.