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Welcome to the latest edition of our Events Bulletin.

Autism Network Scotland would like to signpost you to a number of events taking place across Scotland. We hope you will find this useful.

This edition includes upcoming events in October. All of these events are also listed on our Events Calendar.

If you know of or are currently organising an event, programme or activity, please get in touch with us and we can discuss how we can best include your information.

Simply call 0141 444 8146 to speak to Eileen or send us an email with the full details.

Please feel free to share this bulletin with your friends and colleagues.

Best wishes,

The Autism Network Scotland Team



The Curly Hair Project Workshops – 17 & 26 Oct 2017

The Curly Hair Project will be delivering the following workshops in October:

Arbroath (17 Oct) – ASD for Secondary Teachers & Support Staff.  To find out more and to book your place at this event, please click here.

Helensburgh (26 Oct) – ASD & Anxiety.  To find out more and to book your place at this event, please click here.  

Helensburgh (26 Oct)Autistic Meltdowns & Shutdowns.  To find out more and to book your place at this event, please click here.




Edinburgh – Quiet Hour at The Hard Rock Cafe – 22 Oct 2017

On Sunday the 22 October the Hard Rock Café will open for a Quiet Hour from 11am until 12 noon.

Numbers are limited so it won’t get too busy and the restaurant is closed to the general public for this time.  Music will be quieter, there will be space for children to move around and an area to relax in if required.

You are able to pre-order food (and drinks) to avoid waiting.  Families are also welcome to bring their own food; cutlery etc. if that will help their child enjoy the experience.

Hard Rock Café staff will have received training from Tailor Ed staff and a Project Worker will also be on hand to assist.

Space is limited so booking is essential. A £5 deposit is required at the time of booking. You can email the team for more information by clicking here, or telephone 0131 260 3000 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).



Edinburgh – National Museum of Scotland: After Hours Event – 23 October 2017

National Museum of Scotland would like to invite you to a free after-hours event for autistic young people and their families and friends.  This event will run from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm on 23 October.

There will be exclusive access to the temporary exhibition Scotland’s Early Silver with a chance to hear the stories behind the objects and how the exhibition was put together from their Scottish History and Archaeology Curator Alice Blackwell.

Please Note:  This event is for young people aged 14 years and above.

To reserve a free place or if you have any questions please contact Laura Bennison, Community Engagement Officer, National Museum of Scotland.  To email Laura, please click here or telephone on 0131 247 4435.

To find out more about the exhibition click here.



Alloa – Scottish Autism Seminar – 24 October 2017
The seminar will feature presentations on some of the projects through which Scottish Autism is generating, sharing and applying knowledge to improve autism support services. Participants will hear about the Centre’s work to date and how the Centre is evolving.

Presentation topics will include:

·         Towards Meaningful Participation in Research and Support Practice: Developing a Culture of Inclusion

·         Values into Practice (VIP)

·         Values into Practice (VIP):  Outcomes of Organisational Learning

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To reserve your place at this FREE seminar please complete the online booking form.

Please email direct any enquiries to Kerry-Ann MacDonald, Events Co-ordinator. To email Kerry-Ann, please click here or telephone 01259 222032.



South Lanarkshire – The Autism Resource Co-ordination Hub

The ARCH (Autism Resource Coordination Hub) is a universal autism partnership service, covering the whole of South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership area.  This service is open to residents of South Lanarkshire.

You can telephone them as a parent/carer, a person affected by autism or a professional or volunteer involved with a person affected by autism. They can then signpost you on to relevant services and supports depending on your particular needs. Below are some of the many support sessions being offered:

·          Welfare Rights Surgery – Pauline Lees (Welfare Rights Officer) will return on Tuesday 24 October 2017 to ARCH between 10.00am-12.00pm.

·         Parent Support Group (ICS and Lanarkshire Carer’s Centre) – Monday 10.00 am – 12 noon

·         ​ Carers of Autism Spectrum Together (COAST) Support Group – Tuesday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

·         The Combined Parent Carer Evening Support Group – Has now resumed every two weeks in ARCH from Tuesday 3rd October 2017 – 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm.

·         ​​ICS Support (Phone ARCH for an appointment) & Open Café – Friday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

The ARCH will also be hosting some children’s October week activity sessions during the school break, places are limited, please contact The ARCH for more details.

For more information on The ARCH and the services they offer, please click here.  You can contact The ARCH by telephone on 0344 225 1111 or to email the team, please click here.



Elgin – A Parent’s Guide to the Law and Additional Support Needs – 26 October 2017

Falkland House School invites you to a morning seminar which will address the legal rights of young people with additional support needs.

Looking at a wide range of issues, from rights to assessment and placement based on current legislation, this is a great opportunity to find out more about additional support needs law, equality law in education and the rights of the child.

Guest speaker and independent education law consultant Iain Nisbet will cover:

• parental rights and children’s rights
• rights to assessment
• rights to support
• school placement rights

For more information and to book your place, please click Eventbrite.



Aberdeen – Challenging Behaviour in Autistic Spectrum Conditions – 26 October 2017

Grampian Autistic Society invite you to the following training event:

Challenging Behaviour in Autistic Spectrum Conditions


• Behaviour as Communication
• The Triad and Frustration
• Theory of Mind and Aggression
• Anxiety and the Autism Spectrum
• Finding the Reason for Behaviour
• Creating Effective Strategies


People who attend will be aware of various means of communication used by those on the autism spectrum. They will be able to identify and address a number of various behaviours and be able to create and implement strategies.

For more information or to book your place at this training event, please contact Craig Henderson on 01224 277900 or email the Training Team by clicking here.

More details can also be found on the Autism Network Scotland Events Calendar.



Inverness – Drop in Coffee Morning at The Pines – 26 Oct 2017

The National Autistic Society Scotland and Chip+ run regular informal coffee morning for parents at The Pines, Inverness.

They would like to invite you to come along and meet other parents and enjoy a coffee and chat.

The next coffee morning will be held on Thursday 26 October between 10.30 am and 12 noon.

More details can be found on the Autism Network Scotland Events Calendar.



Glasgow (Bearsden) – Creatovators Playscheme – 28 Oct 2017

Creatovators Playscheme is for the whole family, not just those members who are on the spectrum.  It runs once a month from 10.00 am to 11.30 am during the school year.

Creatovators welcome families with children on the autistic spectrum, including brothers and sisters, parents and carers to their monthly playscheme dates.  It is hoped that both parents/carers will be able to stay throughout the duration of the play session.  However, at least one parent carer will be required to remain and have responsibility for their children.

Join Creatovators for an informal, relaxed time.  Activities include; arts and crafts, music, a sensory area, archery, toys, games, chatting, coffee and fun.

The next session will be held on Saturday 28 October.

For further details email June Grindley or telephone 07981656184.  More information can be found on the Autism Network Scotland website.



Perth – Perth Autism Support: Information Session – 31 Oct 2017

Talking to your children about the Birds and Bees can be challenging! This informative session delivered by Perth Autism Support is designed to support parents to have those more difficult conversations in an autism friendly way.

This workshop is aimed at parents/carers of children under 16 years of age.

To book your place at this event, please click Eventbrite.

Further details can also be found on the ANS Events Calendar.



Orkney – Scottish Autism: Knowledge Share Seminar – 31 Oct 2017

Knowledge Share Seminar:  Voice, Participation & Involvement

This seminar will share some of the ways in which Scottish Autism is actively involving people with a variety of communication needs and preferences in determining the services that they receive.

By focusing on the idea of ‘voice’ both as a way of recognising individual means of communication and the right to have a say in service provision, they will look at a range of organisational initiatives from creative projects to formal mechanisms for individual involvement.

Initiatives under discussion will include using adapted survey interviews for organisation-wide consultation, the application of mixed media and mobile technology in case management and collective strategies for validating voice such as service user forums and theatre performance.

For more details or to book your place at this event, please click here.



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Contact Autism Network Scotland by sending us an email or by calling 0141 444 8146.

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This edition of the Events Bulletin was produced and edited by Eileen Keogh, ANS Administrator.