A COLNE supermarket is to create a calmer environment to support Autism Hour next month.

Run with the National Autistic Society, Sainsbury's will be taking simple steps to be more autism friendly including turning down the tannoy, turning off cafe music and providing staff with information on the condition.

Autism hour will take place on Monday, October 2 from 10am at the Windy Bank store.

Mike O’ Hara store manager, said: "We’re extremely proud to be supporting the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour.

"It’s an excellent initiative which will not only help increase awareness and understanding of autism amongst our colleagues and customers but also provide an enhanced shopping experience for people in the local community with autism."

Mark Lever, CEO at the National Autistic Society said: “It is really encouraging to see shops and services such as Sainsbury’s getting involved in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour. Our Too Much Information campaign has highlighted that the smallest changes can make the biggest difference for autistic people and we are confident this event will help shops and services understand how we can work towards a more autism friendly world.”