Support for people with autism in Ayrshire

Ayrshire residents who are over the age of 40 and on the autism spectrum are being offered the support of a mentor to help them set and achieve goals.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland’s Person to Person service matches autistic adults with fully-trained volunteer mentors. Together they set a goal, and the mentor provides advice and support to ensure this goal is reached.

Mentoring can take place in person, by email, or over the phone – meaning the charity is able to help people right across Scotland from its headquarters in Glasgow. Now it is encouraging people from Ayrshire to get in touch if they feel they could benefit from the initiative.

Jenny Paterson, director at the NAS Scotland, said: “Our team of fantastic volunteer mentors have helped people to take part in social activities, overcome problems at work, and deal with complicated banking and housing issues.

“The great thing about Person to Person is that it is set up to offer advice by phone and email, as well as in person - so we can reach people who need support, wherever they are.

“People from Ayrshire who are over the age of 40 and living with autism are very welcome to get in touch if they would like to be matched with a mentor.”

In addition to offering support for people on the autism spectrum, Person to Person is keen to hear from new volunteers. Full training will be provided and the hours are very flexible.

To find out more about the NAS Scotland’s Person to Person service, please call 0141 221 8090 or email