As a member of the Grampian’s Autism community, we appreciate the trust you place in Grampian Autistic Society to provide you and your family with the support services you need.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak has made maintaining our service levels to our clients extremely challenging, but we are committed to minimising its impact on employees and service users to the maximum extent possible.
We are organising ourselves in such a manner as to provide physical support to those Outreach clients most in need and to provide support via video link or telephone to other clients. Although our Playscheme has had to temporarily scale back provision we are looking at ways in which we can support our clients on a one-to-one basis during the period of the restrictions.
Our continuity plans have the minimisation of the risk of infection to employees and service users at their heart. These measures include implementing clear guidelines for employees and providing support and advice for anyone who needs to self-quarantine. In addition to the Society’s standard infection control training and procedures, we continue to develop guidance on following safe hygiene and social distancing recommendations across the organisation and enabling many of our employees to work from home where possible.
Our offices will be manned by a skeleton staff during this period, but we would discourage visits in person to the offices, preferring that you contact us by telephone until further notice. We urge all our employees and service users to adhere to government instructions on social distancing and self-isolation so that the virus can be brought under control and we can get back to providing our full services as soon as possible.
We thank you for your understanding during these exceptional times.
Grampian Autistic Society Services
GAS’s Sibling Support Group is open to any child of school age who has a family member on the autism spectrum. It provides them with opportunities to receive support and develop an understanding of ASCs.