Open day showcases Bute charity’s work

Rothesay-based charity Achievement Bute held an open day at its HQ in the town on Friday to give members of the public a chance to find out more about the organisation and its work.

The charity operates family support and counselling services, as well as a wide range of school holiday play programmes and term-time clubs and activities for children on the island.

Achievement Bute also provides advocacy and support to help parents attend meetings, access information and share advice of use to families of children with disabilities or additional support needs.

The charity is also funded by the Scottish Government’s Autism Development Fund to provide mentors to work directly with young people on the autistic spectrum as they move from childhood to young adulthood.

Friday’s event featured a focus group specifically aimed at children aged from 11-13, a focus group for parents of children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome led by Kathleen Hunter from the Scottish Government’s Autism Mapping Project, as well as a display of photographs and short films showing some of the charity’s recent activities.

Manager Dorothy McDonald told The Buteman: “We’ve had quite a few people in to find out things they didn’t know about the services we provide and to book children on to some of our events.”

Achievement Bute received three ‘excellent’ grades - the highest possible - in its most recent Care Inspectorate report, published earlier this month.