This programme of support is aimed at autistic young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are living in Glasgow (and surrounding areas).
Participants will benefit from structured support to build and develop social navigation strategies and confidence. Social groups will also be created to encourage the development of peer friendships.
Empower Up will take place over the course of 40 weeks, where participants will access 20 Social Navigation sessions and 20 Social Group sessions. There is also a Scotland Wide online group for young people between the ages of 12 and 15.
The programme aims to support autistic young people to develop greater confidence, self-esteem, and social skills, so that they can play a more active role in realising their potential. The peer groups will also support autistic young people to become more connected to their peers and wider community, which may help to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.
The programme is funded by Young Start. Young Start aims to create opportunities for Scotland’s children and young people aged eight to 24 to help them realise their full potential. Young Start is a grants programme run by The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money from dormant bank accounts. Dormant accounts are deposits of money in bank and building society accounts where there has been no activity for 15 years or more.
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