Project information

Scottish Befriending Scheme

To support families in Scotland who have a member with an <b>Autistic Spectrum Disorder</b>. Our befriending scheme provides a trained volunteer who spends a few hours each week with a person with autism or Asperger syndrome or one of their family members.

Having a child with an autism spectrum disorder can have a huge impact on family life - even a trip to the shops can be a fraught and intense occasion. It was in response to the many pleas from parents and family members for a reliable and trained respite support that, in 1998, we set up our volunteer <b>Befriending Scheme</b>.
Our Scheme helps relieve parents of some of the pressures that looking after an autistic child inevitably brings. It provides a much needed break for the parents and helps to break the wall of isolation.

Charity information: The National Autistic Society

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