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Public Support Helps Highland One Stop Shop Stay Open

Posted on 8th April 2019

Our Highland One Stop Shop will remain open post April 19 thanks to the generosity of our supporters ...

Autism Initiatives’ Highland One Stop Shop, based in Friars St, Inverness, is delighted to have gained enough support from members of the public and local companies to remain open post April 2019.

The news came as the service celebrated its 6th anniversary on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.  Despite providing a vital service, the One Stop Shop, which supports autistic people and their families across Highland,  has been unable to secure any funding from statutory authorities and therefore is still experiencing a significant shortfall.

Autism Initiatives’ National Director for Scotland, Catherine Steedman said: "The funding of our One Stop Shops continues to be our fundraising priority and we will, therefore, continue to apply for grants and undertake fundraising activities – your help to fundraise would be much appreciated.  Feedback from our recent stakeholder survey tells us that having a base for the One Stop Shop is a key component of the success of the model.  We will, therefore, continue to provide services from Friars Street.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all, so much, for your continued support and I hope to meet as many stakeholders as possible over the coming months."

The One Stop Shop has supported hundreds of autistic people across Highland since it opened and has been described as a "lifesaver" by the individuals and families. One Stop Shop Coordinator, Gill MacLennan, and the team have taken on the Walk for Autism challenge to raise funds to help keep the One Stop Shop doors open.  You can still support them and the One Stop Shop in Highland by donating to their Walk for Autism page.

Donate to the Highland One Stop Shop