Local MP Jo Swinson has today welcomed the announcement that East Dunbartonshire Initiative for Creative Therapy (EDICT) have successfully secured a grant of £126,319 after applying to The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.
The group receives the grant to relocate its hub to Bishopbriggs where it will expand and develop its activities for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. This will provide a space that young people to make their own, catering for their interests and where they can share those with other young people also on the autism spectrum.
The hub will also provide a resource for parents and families to share their experiences and to participate in events designed to raise local awareness of the issues surrounding autism.
EDICT helps people with a range of mental and physical health conditions, providing services to help participants build confidence, reduce isolation, and interact with others. EDICT prides itself on getting to know individuals and formulating personalised, one-on-one plans of support, developing creativity and self-esteem, reducing stress, and promoting emotional and psychological well-being.
Commenting, Jo Swinson MP said:
“It’s absolutely vital that young people on the autism spectrum have space to develop their creativity and interact with others. EDICT is a stellar example of a local charity providing valuable support to the community. It has done incredible work providing services and resources for families, while raising awareness about autism-related issues. I’m delighted that it has won this funding to expand and develop activities for children on the autism spectrum.”
Colin Campbell, Project Manager, EDICT, said:
“This award gives us the ability to extend our support for our young people and involve them more fully in developing the kind of support they feel benefits them. As an organisation, the award represents validation of our efforts over many years to meet the needs of young people living with Autism in East Dunbartonshire.”