Opportunities in Central Scotland
Our day and vocational opportunities in Central Scotland offer diverse experiences for autistic individuals.
Please note that the services below are currently closed to the general public due to government Covid-19 restrictions.
Makers Cafe and Community Hub
Makers is a new Scottish Autism community hub delivering day and vocational opportunities for autistic people aged 16 + and individuals with learning disabilities who would otherwise lack opportunities to experience a supported working environment.
The project will house a community cafe, shop and gallery, and a kitchen garden. We will also host a rolling programme of activities and learning opportunities for the people that access this community space.
You can find Makers Cafe at Unit 3, Makers Village, Ludgate, Alloa, FK10 2DE
They are open to the public throughout the year:
Monday- Friday: 9.30am - 3pm
Read more about Makers at www.makersalloa.org
Gartinny Nurseries is vocational day service and an operational garden centre, offering horticultural therapy to autistic adults. Individuals are supported to fully participate in the running of Gartinny and are valued for their contribution.
They are supported to learn about different plants and how to be successful in growing these whilst developing their social skills through customer service. The individuals can also consolidate their learning by getting involved in conservation and horticultural awards such as the John Muir Award which recognises their skills and achievements.
You can find Gartinny Nurseries at Woodhead Place, Coalsnaughton, FK13 6LQ.
Although currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the garden centre is normally open to the public Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Read more about Gartinny Nurseries in an article that appeared in the local Stirling Observer.
Art Opportunities is a vocational day service which offers a specially designed creative environment for individuals to develop natural art and design skills. Here, adults can express themselves through a variety of art mediums including glass, textile, paint and craft work. Individuals who access the service host art exhibitions and sell their hand crafted products to the public.
Balmyre offers a therapeutic environment where individuals can participate in music, drama and beauty therapy. There is also the opportunity to develop vocational skills through a community cafe and improve technology skills within the IT suite.
Our flexible approach to day opportunities ensures individuals have the choice of attending more than one base to access activities of interest and focus on skill development.
Chrysalis offers a base for autistic individuals to access community activities and develop independent living skills. There is a strong focus on developing communication which includes using the latest technology.
By working closely with each individual, practitioners create and deliver personalised support plans and timetables to access activities ranging from swimming to baking, outdoor walks to ten-pin bowling, all the while encouraging group activity.
Each service is delivered by a dedicated team of practitioners who receive regular autism specific training. All of our Day and Vocational services are reviewed by the Care Inspectorate and full details of recent inspections can be found on their website: www.careinspectorate.com
Meet Gartinny Nature Group
Gartinny Nature Group is made up of individuals who attend Gartinny Nurseries, our vocational day service in Coalsnaughton, and have a particular interest in nature and conservation. The group work on a number of environmental projects in partnership with community groups such as Clackmannanshire Countryside Rangers, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and local schools.
A creative and innovative project, Gartinny Nature Group gives its members the opportunity to learn new horticultural techniques, develop their communication skills, meet new people and build confidence.
The benefits gained by group members participating in conservation and outdoor pursuits include a sense of wellbeing that comes not only from overcoming challenges, breathing fresh air or spending time with nature, but also from knowing that they consistently contribute to local conservation in a meaningful way. Each individual understands the importance of the work they do, and realises their efforts are having a positive effect on the environment. The projects have also been an invaluable opportunity for individuals to meet and identify with like minded members of our community.
When asked what he liked about being part of the group, Peter said:
“I like being outdoors and seeing different things like birds and animals.”
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