Grant enables Grampian Autistic Society to go mobile to provide support

Grampian Autistic Society (GAS) has recently received a five-figure grant from Foundation Scotland,

By Dawn Renton
Saturday, 16th January 2021, 7:00 am
Pearl Begbie fires up her new laptop, purchased with funding from Foundation Scotland.
Pearl Begbie fires up her new laptop, purchased with funding from Foundation Scotland.

Response Recovery Resilience fund to enable their specialist support team to be truly mobile.

Watching your child having a ‘meltdown’ as a result of sensory overload or indeed, being the person to have that meltdown, is extremely distressing.

Life for most of us is difficult right now with the various lockdowns, social distancing and complete shake-up of life as we know it – factor in having an Autism Spectrum Condition and how extremely important routine is and it becomes clear how this very lack of predictability we are living through places enormous stress and anxiety on those on the spectrum.

“Providing unrelenting and reliable support is more important than ever although conversely it is more difficult than ever for us due to the social distancing measures in place,” explained Pearl Begbie, GAS service manager.

Brian Walsh, GAS general manager agreed, saying: “These are unprecedented times for all of us impacting on our general well-being, none more so than for those living with autism where much needed routine and predictability is pretty much non-existent.

“Our support services are needed more than ever and this grant from Foundation Scotland for the purchase of laptop computers and associated equipment will be hugely beneficial as it will enable our support teams to be truly portable – helping to communicate, plan and deliver reliable services to those who really need it.”

Grampian Autistic Society (GAS) has been supporting people with Autism for over 30 years.

It provides support for those with Autism throughout Grampian.

If you or someone you know needs support please call Grampian Autistic Society on 01224 277900 or email [email protected] and they will do their best to help.