A Falkirk autism support group has been awarded a £10,000 grant to enhance the lives of its members.
The team at Falkirk Autism Bairns (FAB) said they were absolutely overjoyed to secure the cash from Awards for All. It will allow them to action a four-phase programme offering new experiences to children with autism as well as support for their parents.
FAB secretary Emma McQueen said: “We are absolutely over the moon. The grant will mean that we can fund this new project for a year which we think will make a big difference to autistic children, their brothers and sisters, parents, family and carers.”
Emma, from Hallglen, became involved with the group in 2010 after her elder son Brandon was diagnosed with autism.
She said: “I was finding it difficult to get support and help for daily issues that arise with an autistic child.
“Having people understand what you’re going through and able to share experiences made the world of difference.”
Support sessions run at Tryst Community Centre during term-time and offer parents the chance to talk and let the children be themselves.
Now the new project, FAB Make a Difference, hopes to build on the group’s networking success and take it to the next level.
The programme involves entertainment for children, adventure experiences for youngsters and respite for parents. Over the coming year, the group hopes to enjoy pantomimes and days out at attractions, while older children will be invited to experience abseiling and kayaking at adventure villages.
Emma added: “Taking care of an autistic child is physically and emotionally challenging, and it’s been proven that respite for parents and carers is important.”