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Two thirds of autistic people in Scotland told us that they feel socially isolated when we were carrying out research as part of our Too Much Information campaign. Our social programmes are just one of the ways that we’re tackling this.

Our online social groups support a range of people based around Geography and interest whilst our Person to Person service, which is also currently online only, supports autistic adults over the age of 26.

  • Social Groups
  • Person to Person
  • Social groups

    Read Kevin's story about his experience

    We run groups that get together regularly and provide members with opportunities to meet new people and have new experiences. The sessions are facilitated by a social programmes manager and team of volunteers, with members deciding where they want to visit and what activities they want to try. Recent groups have gone bowling, enjoyed boat trips and even taken cookery lessons! During the Coronavirus pandemic we are running online social groups.

    New Online Social Groups

    During the coronavirus pandemic we are running online social groups and have been given additional funding from the Scottish Government to support as many people as possible.

    Just like our usual social groups, the new online groups are facilitated by staff and offer a place for autistic people to connect and talk about whatever they wish - from film and& TV, to cooking, gaming, art and other interests.

    They’re a great way for people to build confidence, make friends and help with communication skills. It’s also a way for staff to provide tips on staying healthy and well during this time and helping people support each other.

    Free to join, the online groups are open to autistic people and families wherever you are in Scotland. There are groups representing different geographical areas, young people, parents, girls, as well as particular interest groups such as ‘Film club’.

    Staff aim to make the sessions fun with virtual tours of famous landmarks, Zoos and aquariums as well as fun activities like quizzes and even making mocktails!

    How do I join?

    If you are interested in joining a Social Group email: ScotlandSocialGroups@nas.org.uk

    The new online groups have been really fun. There are about 10 of us in the group and it works really well. It’s good to stay in touch with other people and we’ve done some exciting things with the group leaders like a virtual tour of San Francisco including going across the Golden Gate Bridge!
    I really look forward to the weekly online groups and I would recommend to other autistic people to give them a go.

    -Online Social Group member

    Person to Person

    Person to person is a service for autistic adults to meet, make friends and chat with peers. We currently offer 8 sessions including: Coffee Clubs, LGBTea, Signposting Service and a Late bloomers club for those who received a diagnosis later in life.

    These groups are all delivered online and are open to new people. We know that our person to persons service can help autistic people to...

    Person to Person helps autistic adults to:

    • reduce their social isolation
    • live more independent lives
    • build their social, communication and life skills
    • gain confidence.

    How do I access Person to Person support?

    If you have any questions about the Person to Person service, you can email PersonToPerson@nas.org.uk.

    Person to Person is available to autistic adults (aged 26 and over) who live in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.