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We have been awarded £31,000 by ScottishPower Foundation to support our programme of social groups for autistic young people.

The funds will enable our charity to establish three new social groups in west central Scotland, offering autistic young people the opportunity to try new activities and have fun in a supportive environment. We will also provide modules on social skills as part of the groups for the very first time.

Our research revealed that 75% of autistic people do not have any friends or find it hard to make friends. This can be devastating and lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Our social groups meet regularly to help address these issues and help autistic people develop social skills and self-confidence.

Nick Ward, our Director for Scotland said:

We won’t accept a world where autistic people feel they have to shut themselves away.

“Our social group programme is a lifeline for many socially isolated autistic young people. Attending a group is sometimes the only opportunity many autistic young people have to get out of the house and socialise.

“This funding will enable our charity to create three new groups, which will have a positive impact on autistic young people in west central Scotland.”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of making a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. It is part of ScottishPower’s bigger philanthropic effort to provide support for charitable projects across the UK.

Ann McKechin, of ScottishPower Foundation, said:“The Foundation is proud to support the work of the National Autistic Society Scotland. It’s been heartening to hear all about the work of the projects working right across the country and the invaluable services which they provide across a diverse range of needs.”

For more information about our social group programme, please visit this page.

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