Additional support needs Activity Groups

Social groups within East Dunbartonshire

Below is a list of some activity and social groups within East Dunbartonshire for individuals with Additional Support Needs




Contact details

The Sporting Aces (formerly the Tennis Aces)

Sporting activities for people with a Learning disability and/or Autism in Kirkintilloch. Groups for ages 5+

(Facebook) The Sporting Aces

Allwyn Crawford – 07869 033 345


A part time personal and social awareness programme for learners (normally aged generally 18+) with mild to moderate learning disabilities/difficulties. The programme supports them to further develop their team working, communication and other soft skills by taking part in an exciting personal awareness, personal development and vocational programme. The primary purpose of the programme is to support targeted learners into a positive post-school destination in employment, education, training and/or volunteering.


Tam James – 0141 777 3099 or

Kirkintilloch ‘Friday club’

Social club on Fridays 7-9pm at Hillhead community centre, Kirkintilloch. Different activities every week eg. karaoke, tea party, quizzes, Halloween party etc.

(Facebook) The Friday Club Kirkintilloch

Hannah Murray/George Burt (Local area co-ordinators) – 0141 578 2142

Wednesday night ED club

Similar to the Friday club but on a Wednesday night at Kelvinbank resource centre from 6:30-9pm, run by Real Life Options


Isobel Aiton – 07726 695 803 or

Gardening group

Gardening group for those with a Learning disability and/or Autism, starting again in Spring 2020.


Hannah Murray/George Burt (Local area co-ordinators) – 0141 578 2142

Sounds of the Gallery band

Band based in Kirkintilloch for those with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, meeting every Wednesday from 2-4pm.


Hannah Murray/George Burt (Local area co-ordinators) – 0141 578 2142

Womens group

Monthly group for females with an ASN to meet and socialise, taking part in various activities across East Dunbartonshire & Glasgow


Hannah Murray/George Burt (Local area co-ordinators) – 0141 578 2142

Supper club

Cooking group for those with a Learning disability and/or Autism meeting on a Thursday afternoon at Hillhead Community centre. Must complete ‘Good food, good health’ course before attending group.


Hannah Murray/George Burt (Local area co-ordinators) – 0141 578 2142


A supported youth group service for teenagers with an ASD ages 12-18 in East Dunbartonshire run by the National Autistic Society.

National Autistic Society Scotland Teenscene

Anna Williamson – 0141 221 8090 or

Aye can dae activities

Wellbeing workshops and activities for adults with an ASN including music/dance classes and social opportunities

Eilidh Swatton – 07847 225 284 or

EDICT Autism-specific groups

Creative art groups for people with an ASN in East Dunbartonshire

0141 578 0251 or

Disability sport finder

Website to search for sporting activities within your local area for those with a disability


A range of social groups for specific interests in Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire (ie. anime fans, walking groups, dancing groups, music lovers etc.) Has some ASD-specific meetup groups.



Sessions for those with an ASD in East Dunbartonshire including Lego therapy, group activities and Playscheme. Targeted at younger children but open to all ages.

June Grindley – 07981 656 184 or

Autism links befriending

Befriending scheme for people with a disability in East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire befriending service Autism links

Moira Hutchison – 0141 578 6680

Person to person

National Autistic Society’s mentoring and befriending service for Autistic adults over 26 years old in East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. (Also run coffee clubs in Glasgow city).

National Autistic Society Person to Person

Creative Sparks theatre arts

All-inclusive arts school with classes in acting, singing and dancing in East Dunbartonshire. Ages 5-18

(facebook) Creative sparks theatre arts East Dunbartonshire

Jennifer McDonald – 07828 731 407

Active schools ASN opportunities

Booklet containing details of sports opportunities for those with an ASN in East Dunbartonshire for ages 4+.

Contact active schools co-ordinators for a copy of the booklet or more information or

or 0141 777 3023

Twinkle tots

Play sessions for pre-school children with an ASN meeting every Thursday at Hillhead community centre Kirkintilloch.


Hillhead community centre – 0141 578 611

Campsie View Friday Fun

Play sessions for children under 2 years old with complex medical and learning needs. New attendees must be referred by a health professional


Moira Jones – 0141 955 2339

Contact point social groups

Social interaction groups twice a week in Kirkintilloch

0141 776 4391 or

NAS social programmes

Social groups across Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire for people with Autism

National Autistic Society social programmes


Speech Language Communication Company youth group

Social groups for people between 11-18 years old who struggle with speech, language and communication, based in Bearsden

(Facebook) SLCo

Laura – 07525 852 853 or

Speech Language Communication Company ‘Get a buddy’

Befriending service for people aged 17-24 with severe speech and language difficulties, based in Bearsden or 01382 202 644

ENABLE social groups

A range of groups across East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow or 01698 737 000

Some popular groups in Glasgow, not East Dunbartonshire -

Riding for the disabled

Horse riding sessions for people with disabilities of all ages, based in Summerston or 0141 945 1369

Dates n mates

A range of social groups for people with a Learning Disability over 18 years old eg. club nights, karaoke, speed dating, quiz nights, bowling etc.

0141 427 2957 or

Paragon music

Inclusive opportunities in music, dance and theatre classes

0141 354 0234 or

Project Ability  2 different art groups – ‘Aspire’ for people 18+ with learning difficulties to work on their own art project, and ‘Reconnect’ for people who are suffering from ill mental health 0141 552 2822 or

If you know of any changes to the groups or know of any other groups which should be included in this list then please contact Local Area Co-ordinators (LAC’s) for East Dunbartonshire George Burt or Hannah Murray.

This list will be updated regularly. If you would like to be sent the most recent copy then either contact LAC’s or google search ‘East Dunbartonshire Council disability services’ ‘where you can download a copy.

(There is also a parent and carers forum in Kirkintilloch every 2 months for parents or carers who have a responsibility for someone with Autism. Each session there is a guest speaker from a range of backgrounds, and a chance to network with peers and share information. If you would like to come along then please contact LAC’s for details of the next meeting). 

Local Area Co-ordinators for East Dunbartonshire –

Local Area Co-ordinator lead for Glasgow –