Welcome to the Parents Inclusion Network Noticeboard

Welcome to the Parents Inclusion Network Noticeboard. Check out future PIN events as well as relevant information for families affected by disability. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please email parentsinclusion@gmail.com to book a place for you and your family. As usual, PIN will pay all entry fees. Please be aware that all activities are for parents and unpaid carers to attend.

A study of housing and support of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Dumfries and Galloway.

This report was commissioned by The Holywood Trust to establish the current provision and future need for specialist housing provision and support for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. It is hoped that the evidence gathered and recommendations in the report will assist the key statutory and voluntary agencies when making investment and service development decisions. The report has been produced by Better Lives Partnership, a registered Scottish Charity, established in 2016 with the primary aim of supporting young people with autism in Dumfries and Galloway.

Read the full report here - Better Lives Full report

For more information or to find out more about Better Lives visit their website


Supporting Autism Together Parent Sessions

Supporting Autism Together (SAT) is a local project set up to meet the training needs of families with primary and secondary school-aged children who have been referred to the Communications Disorders Assessment Team (CDAT) or have a diagnosis of autism.

Informal drop-in sessions are taking place throughout the region. The first 30 minutes of each session will be a presentation looking at problem solving so parents can talk about difficulties and, using the ‘iceberg' model, get support for ‘what next'.  Two professionals will support each session.  Parents, carers, friends and family are all welcome to come to as many or as few sessions as they want.

Starting in May, the Supporting Autism Together (SAT) team will be offering more parent sessions around the region. These sessions offer parents and families a place to go and get help and support to find a way forward. PIN has the schedule of dates and venues, or email supportingautismtogether@dumgal.gov.uk.

Services available to parents and carers

PIN has information on the following services you may be interested in. Contact PIN for details.

  • A Carer-Van in the Borders which is available for all carers and their family .
  • Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre has a new Young Adult Carers Support Worker whose remit is to work with Young Adult Carers aged 18-29 to help them create good transitions to fulfilled adult lives in order to achieve better outcomes for a vital, but often silent, minority of young people.
  • The Dumfries & Galloway Wellness and Recovery College run a range of wellness and recovery sessions in Dumfries at the University Campus. If you would like more information on these, you can call the University on 01387 345866 or we have some programmes that we can post out to you. There is also a weblink at the end of this page.
  • A Family Support worker is available for families in Dumfries and Galloway affected by Fragile X.
  • Short break grants are available from Enable Scotland for a break for carers or you can contact Roz at the Princes' Trust for Carers on 01387 248600 or email info@dgalcarers.org.

Emotional support for parents of a child with autism

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone support service providing emotional support to parents and carers of a child or adult with autism. You can get in touch either by phone or online.  Call 0808 800 4106 or fill in the online enquiry form by visiting the P2P pages of the NAS website www.autism.org.uk.

The Family Fund

The Family Fund gives grants to families raising a disabled child aged 17 and younger.  Their grants bring practical and essential help that is often a lifeline to a family, such as a washing machine, bedding, specialist toys and equipment and much needed family breaks. They have a particularly low take up in Dumfries & Galloway and would like to hear from families in our region. Check out their website, www.familyfund.org.uk or phone 0845 3308 23.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Support

If are interested in finding out more about Augmentative and Alternative Communication Support, contact Megan Hughes or Kirsty Paton on 01387 244539.

New social services number

There is a new contact number for Adult Social Work:  030 33 33 3001 - for out of hours, phone the Council on 030 33 33 3000. 

The Usual Place Cafe, Dumfries

The Usual Place is a café in Dumfries which provides accredited and practical training in a café/retail environment for young people aged 16 - 26 with a disability.  It is run by the Social Enterprise Company, Inspired Community Enterprise Trust (ICET). Check out their website: www.theusualplace.org or email info@theusualplace.org.

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