Free autism training in Stornoway for family carers

Family carers of adults with autism in Stornoway will have the opportunity to get help with the everyday difficulties they face thanks to Positive Pathways, a free training programme being run The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, which starts in September.

Many people with autism experience behavioural and emotional challenges which family carers can find hard to cope with. The training, which is usually only available to professional care staff, will give carers the chance to get specialised behaviour advice, learn new approaches and meet other family carers.

Anne MacDonald, manager of The Richmond Fellowship Scotland’s Positive Behaviour Support Team, which will deliver the training, said: “We are offering a very practical problem-solving training which will help carers to find solutions to everyday difficulties. For example, establishing a routine for someone who is not going to bed or helping someone find new ways to communicate. It’s all about engaging with people in that way rather than merely presenting information about autism.”

The training will run from September to February. Family carers of adults with autism who are interested can find out more and book their place by calling The Richmond Fellowship Scotland on 0141 779 6300, emailing positivepathways@trfs.org.uk or visiting www.trfs.org.uk.