We have launched our first ever service in West Lothian, thanks to funding from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
NASplus will allow autistic residents to select the support they need to overcome challenges and meet personal goals.
Project coordinator Brian Glendinning said, "The aim of this new service is to give autistic people the information and tools they need to manage their condition and live the life they choose.
"We will be really flexible about the types of support we offer – we want people to tell us what challenges they face and what their goals are, and then together we’ll discuss ways to help.”
NASplus will offer support to people who do not currently have, or would not normally access, services. It will be delivered through informal drop-in surgeries throughout West Lothian, as well as by phone and email.
The service will also include social groups designed to promote confidence and social skills in West Lothian’s autistic residents.
A social group run by The National Autistic Society
Brian added, “Research by The National Autistic Society Scotland recently revealed that two thirds of autistic people feel socially isolated.
“Our new West Lothian social groups will bring autistic people together to learn social skills, build friendships, and take part in a variety of social activities – such as trips to the theatre, arts and crafts, and bowling – which will be selected by participants.”
NASplus will be delivered in partnership with West Lothian Council, and supported by NHS Lothian.
To find out more about the support on offer for autistic people in West Lothian, please contact Brian Glendinning on 07435786016 or Brian.Glendinning@nas.org.uk.