The NAS One Stop Shop – Ayrshire has now moved from its temporary administration base in Catrine to a more visible base in Ayr. The new base is within the Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) building, 27-29 Crown Street, Ayr, KA8 8AG.

There is a small meeting space available within the base at VASA where staff can meet with individuals or families who are comfortable to travel. All appointments require to be scheduled in advance with Clare. Alternatively, staff are still in a position to travel to other parts of Ayrshire for those who find this more challenging.

Please be assured that the One Stop Shop will continue to provide the same level of support to autistic people and their families in Ayrshire.

 

How can we be contacted?

 

You can make contact with NAS One Stop Shop by email, phone call or text on the details below. If calling then please leave a message on the answerphone and a member of staff will return the call when available.

You can reach Clare Kennedy, Interim One Stop Shop Manager on AyrshireOss@nas.org.uk or 07500 974 323

 

Where will meetings take place?

 

From 17th August, you will be able to arrange to meet with Clare either in our base in VASA, Ayr or alternatively somewhere in your local community you are comfortable, perhaps even at home.

 

Will autism seminars continue to run?


Yes, these will continue to be delivered in Ayrshire by Tanya. The shop will keep everyone up to date with when and where these will take place.

 

The One Stop Shop in Kilmarnock can help you in the following ways:

They can –

  • answer general questions about autism and Asperger syndrome – for example, they can talk through what the condition is, how it might affect someone, and suggest strategies to help
  • talk through options available to people with autism and Asperger syndrome
  • talk through support options available to family members.
  • tell you about local services both within the national autistic society and others.
  • refer you on to other organisations that may be able to help you.
  • support you to appointments where they are able to.
  • send you information in the post or by email about all of these things.

The most common questions they get asked are –

  • how to get a diagnosis for a child or adult
  • how to help with a child’s behaviour
  • What is self-directed support?
  • how to get extra help at school
  • how to get help with employment/training

 

Is there anything the one stop shop can not do?

  • The one stop shop can not advise you on legal issues. None of their advisers are legally trained. However, they can give you details of solicitors and law societies that may be able to help you.
  • They cannot advise you on medical issues. None of their advisers are medically trained. However where possible they will give you details of specialists who may be able to help.
  • They cannot advise you about conditions which are not part of the autism spectrum such as ADHD or schizophrenia. They can however refer you on to organisations that specialise in these conditions.

 

Where they cannot help you, they will always try to find someone that can help you.

 

You can also find a lot of information online directly from a reliable source by clicking the link below –

http://www.autism.org.uk/our-services/advice-and-information-services/autism-helpline/find-answers-online.aspx

 

They have a range of information sheets that may also answer your questions. Click on the link below –

http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism.aspx

 

Social Groups – young adults and adults

Social groups for young people age 12 years +.  Groups include animation, art, music, sports and lots of others.

Please feel free to contact the One Stop Shop for more information on current groups running in your area.

 

 

Moving Forward Project

12 week employability support for young people age between 16 and 25 years old.

Please see attached information sheet: Moving Forward Flyer

 


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