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Perth & Kinross Outreach Service Launch

 We are delighted to advise that from February 2014, we will be extending our services outwith Perth city to other parts of Perth & Kinross in 2014, in partnership with Perth & Kinross ADHD Support Group.

Following consultation with parents in Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Crieff and Kinross to ascertain the demand for services, we have made the decision that there is a real need to ensure that families affected by autism are supported regardless of where in Perth & Kinross they reside.

 Angie Ferguson, Project Manager, Perth Autism Support said, “we have been aware of the need for services for areas outwith Perth city since we launched in November 2011, but as with all voluntary organisations we had to be sure that services would be used before we invested money in each area.  We now support over 180 families throughout the Local Authority area and we therefore have enough families and children to justify the creation of services.  To ensure best use of our funds we were delighted to partner with Perth & Kinross ADHD Group to open the sessions to their families and help support more children throughout the area.”

 Monthly sessions will be offered in each of the four areas from February 2014 and will give not only the children the chance to make friends and learn valuable social and communication skills which are at the heart of all the services Perth Autism Support provide, but parents will enjoy the chance to catch up with each other separately for peer support and will be provided with the opportunity to invite other local services in to advise of further help and support available to them.

 Angie commented, “often parents of children with autism and ADHD feel very socially isolated due to the behaviours that having a child with autism can bring; difficulties in communication and social interaction which can affect relationships and this can be compounded when living in a fairly rural area.   The usual parenting techniques can be unsuccessful and parents can find accessing evidenced based advice difficult to access plus parents can find their social circle reducing as they try to deal with their child’s challenges. This is a real opportunity for families affected by both autism and ADHD to find common ground with others in their local area without the need to travel often long journeys to attend activities.  Knowing you’re not alone is one of the most powerful things when bringing up a child with autism or ADHD, to hear that someone else has been through the same issues can be comforting and can ultimately give the most useful advice to help a family.”

 Lorna Redford, Project Manager of Perth & Kinross ADHD Support Group stated, “What a great opportunity for the Perth & Kinross ADHD group to work alongside the team from Perth Autism to meet with, explore and discuss the type of services the families in the more remote communities would like to see delivered in their area. Hopefully it will be the start of rural families being able to access meaningful services on their doorstep.”

 For further information on the new Outreach Programme, families should contact the Perth Autism Support Outreach Co-ordinator, Fiona McIntyre on 01738 451081 or email fiona@perthautismsupport.org.uk

DATES FOR 2014 OUTREACH SESSIONS:

ABERFELDY - 6.00pm-7.30pm

26th February, 26th March, 14th May, 11th June

BLAIRGOWRIE - 5.30pm-7.00pm

19th February, 19th March, 23rd April, 4th June

KINROSS - 4.00pm-5.30pm

12th February, 12th March, 3rd April, 28th May

CRIEFF - 6.00pm-7.30pm

5th February, 5th March, 31st March, 21st May