Photo shows: Staff and people supported by the National Autistic Society Scotland enjoying the festival atmosphere at Music in the Meadow.

East Ayrshire welcomed the return of an autism-friendly music festival on Wednesday, July 25.

Music in the Meadow was held at the National Autistic Society Scotland’s Catrine Bank site, which supports more than 50 autistic people at supported living and day opportunities services, and Daldorch House School.

Local bands and musicians volunteered to play at the event, which opened with a performance by the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra. Family members were invited to attend and there was also a BBQ, face-painting, a bouncy castle and games.

Graeme Fitzsimmons, Head of Adult Services at the National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “Music in the Meadow gives autistic people the opportunity to be part of an exciting festival experience. Attending a music festival is a summer highlight, which is why, for the second year running, we are delighted to be able to hold our own in the beautiful surroundings of our five-hectare back garden.”

In order to ensure the autistic audience was able to enjoy the festival, we provided a quiet area and helped the people we support to prepare in advance using ‘social stories’, pictorial descriptions of what to expect, the benefits of attending, and things that could be challenging.

We hope to continue to hold the festival annually and provide the people we support with an experience which they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to be part of.