A new project in Glasgow East End

We have been awarded funding for two years through the Tudor Trust; to set up a pilot project which will involve Equal Futures working in close partnership with Glasgow East End Carers Centre, in Shettleston, Glasgow. The main objective of the project is to support families to access more support through their communities by increasing community connections for individuals with autism and their families and carers.

Through this project Equal Futures will recruit Volunteer Circle Facilitators, who will work to build informal networks of people who will offer support and friendship around an individual with autism and their families and carers. It is anticipated that by introducing circles of friendship; we will be able to make a sustainable and positive difference for people with autism and their families, to support them to address the additional layers and challenges they face to be socially included.

The aims of this project are:

  • Children, young people and adults with Autism will have real relationships and more friendships.
  • Parents and Carers will benefit from sharing the caring role and benefit from knowing their loved one is surrounded by people who genuinely care.
  • Through sharing the caring elements parents and carers will have improved their health and well-being.
  • Circle members will support the family with actions which improve daily life, overcome challenges, advocate and help them to work through challenges

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Ekta Marwaha Project Coordinator or Sarah O’Reilly Family Link Worker.