I currently have 173 signatures.
At the moment we are still completely unfunded and are now heavily relying on membership fees to cover the cost of running social groups which the NAS Scotland main body will not pay for, even though our groups are run by them. They pay for education and training but they are not willing to pay for the running of our social groups. I am asking the Scottish government to help us make this happen, but I need the backing of the Scottish public to help us get the funding we need so badly. I am counting on all of you to sign this petition as it means a lot to me and I can't do it alone. We need your help!
To: Nicola Sturgeon
Social groups for autistic adults in Scotland
Help us continue to fund and maintain the running of NAS (Scotland) Social Groups to help adults with autism build up and maintain friendships.
Our Social Groups help us build self-esteem and connect with other people on the autism spectrum. It also allows us to identify with other people on the spectrum and talk about their daily challenges. We plan our own activities but some of these have to be booked in advance.
Why is this important?
Adults with autism and ASD find it very difficult to maintain friendships in mainstream society. We rely on public funding to make this possible but right now because our funding pot is dry we are relying on a membership model to maintain the running of our social groups. We shouldn't have to resort to this drastic measure but we have no choice. I personally have ASD, which means me and my fellow service users can find making sense of the world around us difficult at times. We're all on different levels of the spectrum so our difficulties vary from person to person. Autism is neurological and lifelong. It affects girls as well as boys, but goes undiagnosed in girls most of the time because they hide it better.
It is a developmental disability that starts in early childhood and continues throughout adult life. My Social Programmes Manager is Sandra Buckley and she cares about her service users and their right to socialise within a secure group setting. We need on average £50,000 or more to keep our social groups running in their current format and possibly fund short breaks as well as other events.
If we can get as many as 40,000 signatures to persuade Nicola Sturgeon to put my request into action I believe my petition will pay off. Even if we get less than 40,000 I would still be very grateful for this amazing effort. Just help me get as many signatures as possible. Our Glasgow office is at Central Chambers, 1st floor, 109 Hope Street. Thank you very much.
How it will be delivered
I will email the signatures to Nicola Sturgeon.
My URL link is https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/sandrafraser39