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Why we need your help

Your donations and fundraising activities help to provide vital support for autistic people and their families across Scotland when it's needed most. Please watch the video below to see the difference your support makes.



Here are just some of the activities and services we have been able to provide due to the generosity of others...

Autism Advice Line

‘I would like to say how much it helped me personally to have someone to talk to during a period of time where I was struggling. There was always understanding, reassurance and compassion shown and I really appreciated that.’ - Advice Line Caller

The Scottish Autism Advice Line currently costs £187,000 to run annually and enquiries increase year upon year. During 2022, we received nearly 5,000 enquiries as we provide the only national autism-specific advice line in Scotland.

This service relies on the support of funders and supporters to help meet the annual costs and ensure our Community Advisors are with you until you have the support you need.

Learn more about our Advice Line or contact a Community Advisor 


Your donations help to provide additional equipment that can enhance the lives of those we support - these include communication aids, sensory equipment, specially adapted furniture and improvements to outdoor areas. 

Thanks to generous donations from supporters like you, the outdoor space at our Balmyre service in Alloa received an upgrade to include outdoor gym equipment, a summer house, a shed for storage of bikes and sports equipment, and garden furniture.

The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those supported at the service, while reducing stress and anxieties by getting outdoors in a safe space.

Would you like to support a similar project? Have a look at our current appeals or get in touch with us by emailing!

Social and Creative Activities

Your donations can give the individuals we support a better quality of life, providing social groups, cookery classes, drama, art and music therapy. These activities give individuals the opportunity to be self expressive and socialise with others. The individuals we support have put on amazing productions like the 'Wizard of Oz', and produced a book of their own short stories and poems.

Online Events and Conferences

Help us to continue to deliver our online events and conferences to support autistic people and their families in Scotland.

Our events allow us to deliver a range of events where we can share knowledge, experience and best practice with others.  Donations would help us make our events as accessible as possible by offering the events free or at a reduced charge via our Pay What You Can scheme.


To make a donation to help us carry on this work please visit our donation page.

Contact our fundraising team

Tel: 01259 720044


























I had waited a long time to speak with incredible people who really understand autism.

Advice Line caller









The work that has been completed has exceeded all our expectations. This inclusive outdoor area will promote exercise, improve health & wellbeing, social inclusion and be a sanctuary for all the individuals we support.

Linda Hunter, Senior Autism Practitioner


I love my new garden, I can't wait until we have barbeques and parties.

Fiona, Supported person at Balmyre















“I have enjoyed being with other autistic people discussing different subjects and learning about autism, being able to express my opinions and listen to others' opinions.  A group of like-minded individuals who do not judge me and accept me as I am."

 Seminar attendee