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(UK) Glasgow: ASD support group almost triples in a year; 'bursting at the seams'

Jan 24, 2024, Glasgow Times: Vital Glasgow autism support group almost tripled in one year

A one-of-a-kind Glasgow support group focusing on children with autism has turned one.

Autisfun, based in Barmulloch, holds playgroups for kids with additional support needs at the BCDC base in North Glasgow.

The birthday event was attended by dozens of participants, who were delighted by toys, games, glitter tattoos, a bouncy castle, cake and more.

Looking back on the year, Lyndsay Flemming, co-founder of the group, said: "In one word, it has been busy.

"We started the group with 30 children, one session a week and by week two, we had to upgrade that to two sessions a week....

"We now have around 140 families who come on our trips, dipping in and out.

"The hall is now too small and we are having to turn people away, which we hate doing…. 

The service was started by local mothers to compensate for the lack of support from authorities....

To keep up with demand, Autisfun is now looking for a permanent home with a bigger capacity….

"Year one is over and done with and year two, we are just going to make it bigger."

Councillor Thomas Rannachan, who attended the event, said: "It was great to be able to celebrate the first anniversary of Autisfun who are a remarkable group of people, superstars in fact….

"Such is the demand, they are now bursting at the seams and it’s the responsibility of all relevant stakeholders to support them in any way possible.

"Here’s to many more celebrations.”


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