At our newly developed day service in rural Ayrshire, we give adults with autism and Asperger syndrome the chance to learn and try new experiences, through helping you to follow your interests and develop your life skills and knowledge. Offering a range of classes and activities on site and in the local community we are able to support you to learn new things, meet new people and ultimately build on your confidence and independence.

The Stables is set in a beautiful countryside location in Catrine, Mauchline surrounded by woodland, meadows and a variety of wildlife. It is a short distance from the river where salmon fishing is popular and is close to a quaint village with plenty of amenities and good public transport links, including buses and a train station.

Our service is open to those over 16 years of age with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome as our programmes are flexible and tailored to the needs and wishes of each person. On site we offer an inviting and accessible environment ideally suited to your needs, with programmes run throughout the year and during holidays.

Leisure and learning activities

Our service offers a range of leisure and vocational activities which may be based in our centre or in the community. We deliver our programmes in a structured environment which is ideal for adults with autism and Asperger syndrome. You can choose to attend specific sessions or on certain days and we will be dedicated to ensuring you are in an environment you are comfortable in.

My son is given the chance to take part in a variation of activities that he enjoys and would otherwise miss out on. The staff are friendly, enthusiastic and very supportive.

Linda, parent of a person we support

As well as supporting you to access local community activities, on site at The Stables we offer a wide range of pursuits to suit your requirements and preferences:
  • Café Chat – come and order breakfast in our café environment and have a friendly chat over coffee in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
  • Cinema club – get comfortable, sit down and join us with some popcorn to watch a film on our big screen.
  • Active club –our gym instructor and occupational therapist can devise an activity programmes that suit you, from running and using weights to parachute games in our large refectory. We are also lucky enough to have a lovely meadow on site where you are free to bring your own equipment such as bikes and go-karts, and where we put on large events such as sports days.
  • Games club – whether you enjoy playing pool and listening to music or playing board games and joining social groups, our games room is the ideal place to do something you enjoy.
  • Relaxation– we can offer hand massage, sensory stimulation and essential oils combined with calming sounds and lighting in our spacious and soothing sensory room.
  • Horticulture – grow your own vegetables in our own on site community garden with our workshops or one-to-one horticultural therapy sessions.
  • Art – let your creativity flow in our arts and crafts room and kindle your imagination in our workshops and one-to-one sessions.
  • Cooking – if you enjoy cooking and baking, join our exciting one-to-one cookery classes and even gain qualifications and develop your skills in budgeting, meal planning and nutrition.

Person-centred approach

We want every person we support to have the opportunity to grow and thrive, so we ensure that you are intimately involved in the planning process.

We work closely with you to create your own individual plan and put it into practice: our knowledge, experience and commitment means that you will be supported along the way and enabled to communicate your needs and wishes so that your programme continues to accommodate them. From speech and language therapy to behaviour support, we are able to cater to what will benefit you.

We also ensure that family, carers, friends and staff are full partners in the planning process.

Our team

Everyone who uses our day services benefits from the NAS SPELL framework which allows us to provide a structure and consistency for the people we support and their families. Staff are specifically trained by the NAS in Autism and we provide support and guidance to enable effective communication using a range of communication methods including Signalong, PECS and various apps for iPads. We also work to develop understanding using social stories. Bespoke advice and guidance can be gained from our support services which include behaviour support, speech and language therapy, person-centred planning and occupational therapy. We staff every activity according to each person's needs.

How to access our support

There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.