Project information

Young Adult Project

We want to enhance the lives of young adults with autism aged 15-18 to help them prepare to transition to adult services, moving towards living independent lives in the community.Young people with ASD face many difficulties and new ones will present themselves at this stage in their life.

September 2015 - September 2016

Charity information

Perth Autism Support

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  • Need


    Young people with autism face many difficulties and new ones will present themselves at this stage in their life. Without support, challenges can seem too difficult or knock the confidence of the young people who are at risk of dropping out of college, sliding into long periods of unemployment or withdrawing from social contact which could create lasting difficulties. In extreme cases the stress and anxiety can lead to self harming and dangerous behaviour.


    In order for young people to make successful transitions, families and young people tell us they need someone to go to for support, advice and training. We would like to develop a Young Adult project which will be able to provide a consistent and familiar face, which can be so important for people with autism. They will be able to start working with young people when they are beginning to think about transitions and go on to provide a consistent link and provide support for up to two years.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support young adults to successfully access further/higher education where appropriate


    » Staff will begin this work while young people are still in school to be involved with all transition planning to adult services
    » Work with families to detemine barriers to learning or accessing further/high education and help address these through individual action plans

    We will successfully transition 10 young adults who wish to move into further/higher education when finishing school, ensuring that they are completely supported to do this.

  • Impact


    Our project will build confidence and self esteem for the young adults empowering them to become included, successful members of our community. By them successfully accessing opportunities when they leave school, we will lower the amount of mental health problems our young adults may have due to long term unemployment and no opportunities for socialising with peers


    We have the risk of young adults not engaging with the project as they do not want to leave our services at Perth Autism Support and move into Adult Services, but we have been in existence for 4 years now and we have built good, trusting relationships with the young people we support and will transition them to the project at a time that is right for them, using positive goals and moving them together with their peer group


    We report to donors through our Annual Report, through our website and through our social media channels

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,562

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,850 weekly social groups peer support for the young adults to socialise and build relationships
      £3,885 staff support in college 10 hours of staff support in college for the young adults per week
      £5,827 15 hours staff support for one to one independent work i.e. travel, budgeting, life skills
  • Background


    We will work with young adults throughout Perth & Kinross


    Young adults who are diagnosed with autism/social communication disorders aged 15-18 years old and living in the Perth & Kinross area will benefit from our project. We are the only autism specific support in our area and as the majority of children who access our service are in mainstream school, following our local authority's inclusion policy, they are not entitled to any support through social work services as they transition in to adult service.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been delivering autism services in Perth & Kinross for the last 4 years and we are the only autism specific support for families in the area. We support over 380 families and deliver services to 197 individual children on a weekly basis through a programme of term time activities (40 hours of activities per week), holiday programmes, a befriending project and short breaks project. Our staff are all autism trained and provide full family support not just for the individual with autism

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angie Ferguson

    Angie is the founder and Chief Executive of Perth Autism Support, with a wide experience in working with children with autism.

    Sarah Hutt

    Family Support Worker , Sarah has a strong background in residential care and working within education.