Supporting families of adults with autism
Pasda offers support to parents, partners, siblings and carers of adults (over 16) on the autism spectrum who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
It can be difficult to know where to turn, especially if your relative had a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult. We would be happy to hear from you whether you are a parent, relative, friend or professional looking for more information about us or what support is available.
Message from the Pasda Committee
We would like to re-assure everyone that Pasda will still be holding regular monthly meetings after the current funding ends in August. This includes the monthly groups in Edinburgh and East Lothian, Friday and Saturday coffee mornings, complex needs group and the choir. These groups will be led by the current participants and members of the committee. The weekly meeting at Craigie’s Farm with Louise, our coordinator funded by Shared Care Scotland and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, will continue and we hope more people will support this community garden project as the weather improves and things start to grow.
We hope to continue running the other groups if we have volunteers.
If you feel able to volunteer to facilitate a group e.g. partners and spouses, Mid and West Lothian and walking group, even for a short while, please contact the office. The core work of Pasda to help carers meet others in a similar position and offer some guidance will still continue. The groups are one way of connecting people and the Connect project, meeting each other face to face, will also continue. Our other role has always been campaigning for improved services and this has not changed. If you need help to contact any of your elected representatives please contact us.
The Autism Europe conference is being held in Edinburgh, 16-18 September and we will be represented with a stall and 3 delegates where we will highlight the role of Pasda. Committee members will continue to attend the Edinburgh Autism Plan, Carers Parliament, Scottish Strategy, Scottish Psychologists meetings and other relevant events.
We are applying for Trust funds to continue our Pasda projects and depending on the success we will continue to run social events, summer and winter gatherings when we can. Meanwhile, we are taking part in the abseil and Sandy Sutherland’s sponsored walk to raise funds to maintain our groups. We are always interested in other fundraising ideas. If you are willing to organise a fundraising event e.g. car boot sale, craft fayre, baking stall, collecting at supermarkets etc, we would welcome your involvement.
On behalf of the Pasda committee,
Simon Aves, Susan Chambers, Chris Griffiths, Kirsten Mutch, Cath Purdie, Marion Rodgers, Tom Wightman
Our Community Garden now has its own section on the website. You can find it under the Groups, Workshops & Services tab. Regular updates about developments at the garden are posted on this page, and you can also find information about how to get involved.
Donna’s Celtic Challenge – 11th to 15th May
We are delighted to tell you that Donna has completed her challenge in (almost) one piece.
You can read more about Donna’s incredible journey, and make a donation to support her, by following this link to JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/DonnaNelson1.
Here is our latest newsletter.