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Annual Firewalk

Choose to take part in one of our new annual firewalks and raise awareness and vital funds for autism!

People on the autism spectrum may process certain sensory stimuli differently from those that are typically developing. Many autistic people have difficulty processing everyday sensory information including ‘touch'.

‘’Every time I am touched it hurts; it feels like fire running through my body’’ - Author, Gail Gillingham

Any of the senses may be over (hypo) or under (hyper) sensitive, and can have a profound effect on a person’s life. The aim of this firewalk is to allow you to briefly experience how sensory challenges may be faced every day by people on the autism spectrum.



Where: Holyrood Park and Education Centre, Edinburgh

Who with: Brian Costello from Headstrong

When: 25th November 2018

Time: TBC

Registration: £10 payment required per person - click here to book your space for the Edinburgh Firewalk

Minimum sponsorship: £75

Minimum age restriction: Participants must be 14 or older

*For this event to go ahead, we require a minimum of 20 participants / 60 maximum.



Where: Tir na nOg Holistic Centre, Balfron, Nr Glasgow

Who with: Oona, Firewalk instructor from Tir na nOg

When: 2nd December 2018

Time: TBC

Registration: £10 payment required per person - click here to book your space for the Glasgow Firewalk

Minimum sponsorship: £75

Minimum age restriction: Participants must be 14 or older

*For this event to go ahead, we require a minimum of 12 participants / 35 maximum.


Can my friends and family come to watch me?
Yes they are welcome to come and watch the actual firewalk itself, however spectators are not allowed in the training sessions which happen before the firewalk itself. At our Glasgow venue there is a small café we will ask friends and family to wait in and we will let them know when they can come out to watch the firewalk. In Edinburgh we suggest friends and family find a nice coffee shop to wait at during the training session and we will advise them what time would be best to make their way back to the park in order to watch the firewalk. The training sessions last about 2 hours.

What happens at a firewalk?
After introductions, we will light the fire together and the evening’s preparation begins.  While the fire transforms itself into glowing hot coals, we will spend the evening working with a range of techniques and activities to help prepare you mentally for the firewalk itself.  The grand finale is of course the act of walking over the red hot coals; an experience you will remember for the rest of your life and for many people is a moment of profound understanding of what living with a sensory challenge can feel like.

Isn’t it dangerous?
Firewalking is a metaphor for life - When we step forward to do something we’ve never done before, we run the risk of discomfort, disappointment, or even pain.  The firewalk instructor leading you through the workshop has participated and led countless firewalks, with many hundreds of participants, and it is very rare for anyone to experience anything more uncomfortable than an occasional small blister, or ‘fire kiss’ as they are also known.  However, the power of the firewalk lies in the fact that it is an inherently risky activity, and the power of your experience partly hinges on your willingness to take a risk in order to make a change and experience a new reality.  Everyone decides for themselves whether to walk the fire, and when to do so. Therefore, be assured that you will not be coerced into doing anything that doesn’t feel right to you.


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Autism Awareness Skydive

Choose to be part of our annual ultimate sponsored challenge and freefall at 120mph by skydiving from a plane flying at 10,000ft! 

Join us on the 1st of April 2018 for our annual skydive. We have a limited number of spaces for the annual event, all you have to do is raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship funds and your jump will be free! You will even get a keepsake video of your skydive to relive your experience of the day.

Want to jump sooner? Get in touch with a date that suits and we will book you into the skydive center of your choice.

Age/ Weight Restrictions: Particpants must be a minimum of 16 years old and a maximum of 49 years old/ Maximum of 14 stone (89kg)


Where: Skydive Strathallan, Near Gleneagles

When: 1st April 2018

Contact: or call 01259 720044

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The Forth Rail Bridge Abseil

Enjoy the ultimate 165ft free-fall S.A.S.-style abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge; Scotland’s most iconic structure, which turned 125 last year. With crowds cheering you on your way down you’ll be on top of the world.

There is a £20 deposit and a sponsorship target of £175. We have limited places for this event so get in touch today to secure your spot!


Where: South Queensferry

When: 10th June 2018


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Challenge The Wild

Get involved in this ultimate adventure where you will spend 24 hours in the great outdoors, working within a team to conquer each challenge. You will experience challenges with everything from waterfall jumping to rock scrambling; climbing canyons to abseiling, it’s an ideal opportunity for team building and have a night under the stars.

Get in touch with our team today to take on this wild challenge and have an experience you won’t forget!


Where: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy

When: 23rd June 2018


Tickets & Info: Challenge the Wild 

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Zip World Fforest

And no, we haven't misspelled 'Fforest''s a Welsh thing!

Explore Conwy Valley on this wild forest adventure. With a variety of activities to take part in, there is something for everyone; from zip wire safaris to a giant five seater tree-top swing, it’s the ultimate aerial adventure. Why not get a team of friends together and adventure in the great outdoors while fundraising for us! Get in touch with our team to discuss your adventure further!


Where: Conwy Valley, Wales

When: Various dates available


Tickets & Info: Zipworld 

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Do It For Autism - Sponsored Challenges

Swimming, hiking, skiing, dancing... you can create your own ultimate sponsorship challenge! Set a fundraising goal using a JustGiving fundraising page or use the sponsorship sheets we send you and get active for autism.

Some ideas for Do It For Autism challenges:

  • Walk 5k every week for 10 weeks.

  • Ski as many runs as possible within 6 hours.

  • Host a dance-athon with your exercise class.

  • Hike a munro every month in 2017.

  • Tag-team a gym treadmill for 100 miles.



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