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Finnish Partnership Is Just Getting Started

We were delighted to welcome a delegation from Autism Foundation Finland to Alloa last month, as part of an ongoing knowledge exchange between our two organisations.

The visit saw Autism Foundation Finland's senior leadership team and board spend two days in Clackmannanshire. On the first day they visited a number of our services, including Gartinny Nursery, Makers Cafe and New Struan School, to see the work being done to support autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. 

On the second day, there was an opportunity for both organisations to share knowledge and practice approaches in order to learn from one another.

Commenting after the visit, our Deputy CEO, Charlene Tait said: 

“Both organisations have benefited from a space to reflect and to benchmark against one another in terms of where we are similar, but also where we are different. 

“We hope that this will be an ongoing collaboration whereby we exchange not just knowledge, but also staff, in order to learn from the practice approaches each organisation employs.” 

Chief Executive of Autism Foundation Finland, Timo Heiskala added:

“We came here because our organisations share the same values, where we value autistic people, their opinions, and ensuring that they are central to all of our thinking. 

“We were very impressed by the services Scottish Autism deliver, and we see this as an ongoing partnership which we hope will continue for many years.”