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Central Area Services

Help us to continue to provide specialised equipment to enhance the lives of those we support

 

We have a number of day and vocational services across the Forth Valley area, each offering a unique experience for autistic adults to learn and develop new skills, while participating in their local community. 

 

Balmyre Outdoor Area

Our Balmyre Resource Centre in Alloa, provides day opportunities for autistic adults. The individuals who attend the centre are supported to participate in activities to promote independence, socialisation, communication and gain valuable independent living skills.

The team at Balmyre wish to be able to provide an outdoor gym and upgrade the yard area to bring another offering to the already busy centre; 44 individuals currently attend and are encouraged to participate in physical activities, where possible, within the local community to encourage health and wellbeing. However, this is not always possible due to some individuals’ complex feelings within community based environments.

As the current outdoor area is largely unused and would be the ideal setting to provide outdoor gym equipment, this would provide all supported individuals with a beneficial outlet for stress reduction, within an environment where they feel comfortable. It is hoped that the current unused boiler house could be repurposed into a Summer House, providing a safe outdoor room that can be used by supported individuals during all types of weather.

To ensure the outdoor space would be accessible to all, the current groundwork would need to be levelled off to ease transition between areas for those who have difficulty.

We have gratefully received £6,299 towards this project so far but with your help, we hope to be able to raise £35,000 to cover the cost of the Summer House conversion, to purchase and install an outdoor gym and garden furniture, along with the resurfacing of the ground-works.

 

Chrysalis Outdoor Gym 

Our Chrysalis service in Clackmannan opened 10 years ago and provides day support and vocational opportunities to autistic individuals. The service enables individuals to identify their own interests, skills, choices and desires which then shapes a programme of daily activities. 15 people currently attend the centre on a weekly basis, ranging in age from 17 years old to late 50’s. 

The team at Chrysalis hope to provide an outdoor gym in the garden area for the individuals who attend. Due to the complex needs of some attendees, access to everyday community areas is sometimes not possible due to struggles within unfamiliar environments or anxieties of interactions with unknown people. For those people, the only time they spend outdoors is within the familiar centre grounds so the addition of an outdoor gym would provide beneficial activities.

As exercise is an excellent way for people to reduce anxiety and stress, we would be very grateful of your support in fundraising for this project. We have received £500 towards this project but hope to raise £7,000 to cover the full cost of the outdoor gym equipment, installation and shock absorbing matting on the ground for safety. We would love your help.

 

Kinnections Social Group

Within the Central area services, we have an established social group called ‘Kinnections’. This is a free group for autistic adults to meet in community locations and participate in social activities that may not normally be available to them. The group has been running successfully for several years already.

‘Kinnections’ is facilitated by Scottish Autism staff who enable and encourage friendships, new opportunities and the development of confidence and independence. As autistic people can sometimes become isolated and withdraw from social situations, everyday life can sometimes become difficult. Groups like this are a huge step towards tackling this all common issue. 

Watch our video with Eddie McInnally, Senior Autism Practitioner, who facilitates the group to find out more about how your continued support makes a huge difference for autistic individuals to attend groups like this. 

 

 

We hope to raise enough to cover the £6,885 annual cost of providing this beneficial social group. Would you be able to support us?

Please get involved and show your support by donating or taking part in your own fundraising activity for the Central Area services.

How to raise funds

If you would like to organise a fundraising event check out our fundraising ideas or you can sign up for one of our Get Active events. Please get in touch with the Fundraising Team at fundraising@scottishautism.org or call 01259 720044.

How to donate

You can make a donation today or send a cheque payable to ‘Scottish Autism’ for attention of Fundraising, Scottish Autism, Hilton House, Whins Road, Alloa Business Park, Alloa FK10 3SA. Be sure to let us know which project your donation is to support.

Find out more about the Central Area services. Thank you!