Autism support group aims to open new One Stop Shop in Aberdeen

Autism Awareness Association is hoping to open a new One Stop Shop at Crombie Lodge in Aberdeen Innovation Park.

An Aberdeen charity is looking for members of the public to take part in a survey to help them open a new One Stop Shop.

Bridge of Don-based Autism Awareness Association, also known as The Triple As, hopes to secure funding for a base which will support people with the condition and other additional support needs.

Triple As is run by young people with Asperger’s Syndrome and other forms of autism and aims to make society more aware of the condition.

One Stop Shops also offer people with autism and their families information, advice and support both before and after diagnosis.

The new space – at Crombie Lodge in Aberdeen Innovation Park – would give families a safe space to discuss any questions they might have as well as get personalised support from dedicated charities and groups.

The Autism Awareness Association is asking people to take part in a short survey, which asks which services they would most like to see and when they would most benefit from it being open.

There was previously a One Stop Shop in Queen’s Gardens, however it has now shut and the charity wants to know what users of the previous service have missed most since its closure.

One of the charities working with Triple As is Me Too!, which helps children with additional support needs. Chief executive Phionna McInnes said: “It is widely acknowledged that the loss of the One Stop Shop a few years ago due to withdrawal of funding has left a huge gap of need for people to be able to access signposting, advice and support since the service stopped.

“This exercise is to show demand for such a service still exists.”

The group has recently been the recipients of two award schemes, where customers of shops are given a token and can chose which charities they think should benefit. Shoppers at John Lewis in Aberdeen, as well as ASDA Garthdee, picked Autism Awareness Association to received a share of £3,000.

To take part in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TPT6GSN

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