A-Spire: Speaking from the Spectrum is Ceartas’ newest membership group and is open to anyone over 16 who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and lives within the East Dunbartonshire area.
The A-Spire group meets on a monthly basis and gives members the opportunity to share experiences and develop new skills and friendships. Ceartas are committed to ensuring the group creates an accepting and understanding environment where members can relax and enjoy mixing with their peers and taking part in a range of interesting activities.
So far the group have taken part in activities including hosting movie events, going bowling and going out for a meal together. The A-Spire group are currently developing a range of exciting plans for 2014 including attending Autism Conferences and having a guided tour of the Scottish Parliament.
As well as providing a fun and supportive environment A-Spire gives members a chance to be involved in developing services and raising awareness in the local community and beyond.
The A-Spire group normally meets at Ceartas offices in Kirkintilloch on the third Thursday of the month, between 12:30 and 2:30 and a light lunch is also provided. A-Spire is completely free to attend.
The aims of A-Spire are:
- To increase access to Ceartas Advocacy services.
- To improve the social and emotional well-being of members and encourage their inclusion in the community.
- To encourage members to discuss issues relating to Autism in an understanding environment.
To give people the opportunity to develop friendships and raise awareness.
If you have any questions regarding the A-Spire group please do not hesitate to contact Ewan Roy or Andy Williams on 0141 775 0433, or email ERoy@ceartas.org.uk
You can also find them on Facebook.