Testimonials on Grampian Autistic Society

Robin’s Story

Robin has received great support from GAS as a regular service user throughout his life.

Robin - Employment Service User
When I was younger, I went to the GAS Jigsaw Playscheme. We would go out on trips and I made friends with other children, which was not easy for me, but the people working at Playscheme helped me a lot. When I was a teenager, I had an outreach support worker from GAS. All the people who helped me were very inclusive and helped me to do the things I wanted to do, like going to play pool or bowling and going to the gym. When I went to college, they helped me learn independent living skills.

After college, I started doing volunteer work and I always wanted to get a paid job. During the last year, I got help from the GAS Employment Support Service. They helped me with applying for jobs and doing interviews and I got good experience. In October last year, I was successful in getting a paid job, which has been my dream for quite a while. I am continuing with this work at a local foodbank, and it is good to know that GAS is still there to support me if I need it.

Alex’s Story

Alex received invaluable support from GAS with his studies.

Alex - Service User
The support I received from GAS while undertaking a two year course at Aberdeen College was an important part in helping me complete the course. I struggled with organisation and coping with work volume. My support worker helped me structure my workload and coached me through stressful periods. I am eternally thankful for the help I received through the patience and understanding of someone I felt understood my condition.

Mhairi’s Story

Mhairi receives fantastic support from GAS with day-to-day activities and problem solving.

Mhairi - Service User

My name is Mhairi and I have Aspergers Syndrome. Getting support and being able to talk about it really helps me. I get help in the house and with shopping. My support workers and I do things together like going away for a day or an evening out and it makes me happy.

Rachel’s Story

Rachel gained valuable work experience from her time with GAS.

Rachel - Aberdeen Team Member
As a student teacher, working at GAS has given me the opportunity to earn money while at the same time gaining experience that will be invaluable to my future career as a teacher. Recently, in a Professional Studies workshop at university, we discussed that it’s essential for all teachers to receive autism training. I can’t think of a better way for future teachers to get this than working directly with children one-to-one somewhere like the Jigsaw Playscheme. You learn so much more from the children than any lecture at university will ever teach you!

I know that I will be much more confident going into my probationary year after working at GAS, and more confident knowing that I can make school a better experience for all the children in my class. Another thing is that, if you’re a student teacher and love children, even when it’s challenging it will be a rewarding job because you can really see the positive impact you’re having on the children.

Isobel’s Story

Isobel’s daughter has been receiving valuable support from GAS services since 2002

Rachel - Aberdeen Team Member
My daughter attended the Playscheme  for around 10 years – we had respite every 2nd Sunday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. My daughter loved going to the Playscheme as she met other people like herself there and she also got on very well with the staff. She did lots of things including baking and painting, and she went on trips that she enjoyed. While my daughter attended the Playscheme her dad and I would spend quality time together as we never got the chance any other time.

Then my daughter got Outreach – she loved going to the cinema and going out for something to eat. She is still having outreach a few times a week and enjoys it. I have found the staff are well trained for working with children with special needs. I was able to go to work having the confidence that my daughter is being cared for by her support workers. They are well trained and have my number if they needed me for anything but I have never had a call from any of the staff in the 14 years my daughter has been using Grampian Autistic Society.

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