We have launched a new mentoring project for autistic adults in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Our Person to Person project will provide mentors for around 250 autistic people over the next five years thanks to £176,500 from The Big Lottery Fund’s Improving Lives fund.

Jenny Paterson, director of The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: "Thanks to funds raised by National Lottery players, we will be able to train a team of volunteer mentors to provide support to autistic people in Glasgow and the surrounding areas face-to-face, by phone or by email.

"Together, they will overcome challenges and meet goals, such as taking part in social activities, facing problems at work, or dealing with complicated banking and housing issues."

We originally delivered Person to Person between 2013 and 2016. People who used the project during this time told us that they felt listened to and understood by their mentors, 89 per cent said they felt able to do more things, and 82 per cent felt better about themselves.

One man was supported to buy new clothes, learn new recipes and visit new places. He says that being mentored helped him to stop procrastinating, and that the advice he received was always helpful and positive.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: "I am delighted that The National Autistic Society has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish The National Autistic Society every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community."

Mentors will also help autistic people in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to identify the local cafés, venues and other public spaces that they would use more often if they were ‘autism-friendly’.

We will then give these businesses pointers on increasing their accessibility, helping to reduce the social isolation that affects two thirds of people living in Scotland.

To apply to be mentored, or to volunteer your time as a mentor, please email scotland.services@nas.org.uk.