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Young people with autism in Glasgow can apply for project designed to help them find work

Young people with autism are being invited to get involved in a project designed to help them build confidence and find work.

The National Autistic Society Scotland's Moving Forward project aims to help 16 to 24 year olds develop skills for the workplace, gain social confidence and find a job.

And the charity is asking autistic people living in Glasgow to get in touch if they would like help from a volunteer mentor.

It is funded by the CashBack for Communities initiative which takes money seized from criminals under proceeds of crime legislation and invests them in projects for disadvantaged young people.

Jim Doherty, programme manager at the National Autistic Society Scotland, believes that their project can be of real benefit to young people with autism in the city.

He said: “The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Moving Forward project matches young autistic people with volunteer mentors to help them overcome challenges and achieve employment related goals.

“Mentoring can happen face-to-face, by phone or by email and provides an opportunity for autistic people from Glasgow to succeed in the workplace after our research revealed that just 16 per cent of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid work.”

Anyone interested in the project can phone 0141 248 1725 or email moving.forward@nas.org.uk.

 


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