Our social groups can help you meet new people, build confidence and ultimately, overcome social isolation. We run groups for autistic adults in a number of towns and cities across Scotland, and our Teenscene youth group in East Dunbartonshire provides a place for young autistic people to have fun and make new friends.
Adult social groups
Our adult social groups provide a supportive environment in which people with Asperger syndrome aged 16 and over can come together and enjoy a wide range of social activities.
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You’ll decide together as a group what you would like to do, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Activities may include trips to the cinema, theatre, pubs and restaurants, or sports and outdoor activities.
We currently run adult social groups in Stirling, Glasgow, Clydebank, Edinburgh and Dundee. Most of our social groups require a small regular membership fee to join.
“I always absolutely love getting together with the guys and every time we change to a new month the first thing I always think to myself is, "Great, I've got the social group again this month!" The group always cheers me up no end.”
Social group member
Teenscene is our supported youth group service in East Dunbartonshire for autistic teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years old. Teenscene gives you a safe, structured environment in which to meet and make friends with other people your own age who experience similar social difficulties.
Every young person who joins Teenscene gets a home visit from a member of staff before they attend, so that they and their families can get to know them.
You and your family will get a home visit from a member of Teenscene staff before you start attending, so you can get to know them first. Teenscene is funded by East Dunbartonshire Council, and is currently free at the point of delivery.
“I appreciate this social group so much. My son still gets lonely at times but without this group things would be so much worse.”
Intergenerational social groups
Our new social groups project based in Glasgow and Dunbartonshire gives you the opportunity to learn from older volunteers who are on the autism spectrum, if you’re a young person on the autism spectrum aged 15-24.
You can ask for advice on and learn about their transition to adulthood, employment and interacting with other people, whilst making friends with others your age. Your group will explore exciting local activities including speed boating, adventure golf, tubing, cookery lessons and indoor wall climbing
The groups are free to join, through funding from the Young Start programme, and members will just be asked to pay for the cost of activities.
How to access our support
Sometimes our social groups require a small payment per session to cover the costs of activities. You might be able to access certain benefits to pay for this.
You can contact us about any of our groups and how to join them by calling 0141 221 8090 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.