Bringing Families Together

Registered Charity Number SC045096

As a parent led, volunteer run charity, we put family at the core of everything we do.  We provide family activities, information and support.


About Our Charity

What we do

Helensburgh & Lomond Autism was formed in 2014 initially through Facebook, when parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD] recognised that there was no dedicated organisation in the area for ASD children or adults and their families.

This volunteer group, already with over 70 members and growing as knowledge of the organisation spreads, is making a major positive impact on the lives of people with Autism in the Helensburgh and Lomond area.

Currently, 1.1 children in every hundred in the UK are affected by ASD. Improving analysis and diagnosis means that more and more children and their families need assistance.


The aim of our charity

We Make It Easy to Help Others

The aim of our charity is to raise awareness of autistic spectrum disorders and to support those in our area affected. We aim to tackle issues relating to the provision of appropriate support, respite and education in the Helensburgh and Lomond area. We work closely with group members to find areas lacking support and approach this with the appropriate bodies, including meeting with counsellors.

As a support to members we have a private facebook group, coffee mornings and regular activities. Some of the activities include:

Cinema Trips at the tower cinema

Information days for parents and carers

Cooking classes

Trips during the school holidays

Family short breaks



Cinema Trip

Our next cinema trips are

Sunday 24th November at 11.30am. Farmageddon

Sunday 15th December at 11.30am.


Elf.  Please feel free to wear christmas jumpers etc.

If group members wish to come along please contact the group to arrange payment.  We look forward to seeing you.

Winter Festival

Helensburgh Winter Festival is on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.  We will have a stall at this event. If you can donate any items or time to help us man the stall please contact the group. Please do come along, say hello and support our fantastic charity.

Bonus Ball

We currently have 3 numbers spare numbers available 34, 52 and 59.  If anyone would like to take part it costs £1 a week per number.  Half the winnings go to the charity and the other half to the weekly winner.  If you wish to take part please contact our treasurer Laura Hogg.

Committee Meeting

Our next committee meeting will be on Thursday 16th January. If any members wish any matters to be added to our agenda please contact the group.


What Next?

Some useful information and where to find it


Useful Websites

National Autistic Society


The national autistic society campaigns for autism.  You can read up on what autism is and how they help families.

Scottish Autism


Scottish Autism provides support to families in Scotland.  They can arrange visits to your home and advise on a variety of issues including education, respite and such. 

Autism Toolbox


The Autism toolbox is made in conjunction with Scottish Autism. The main purpose is to provide parents with a resource to support inclusion in mainstream education.

The Curly Hair Project




The curly hair project aims to improve understanding and communication between those on the autistic spectrum and their nuerotypical loved ones. The services and products they supply are books, podcasts, counselling with ASD experienced counsellors, training, workshops and more.  It is all based on real life and experinces, founded by Alis Rowe who herself has ASD.

Autism Argyll


Provides helpful resources you can download to use with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  You can recieve regular newsletters also.

Autism in Argyll & Bute


Here you can find information on the autism strategy group, working together to make best use of resources and provide support to people with autism. 

What help can we recieve?

Having a child diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder can be daunting.  It often impacts the family home and requires more specialist equipment.  Their are some benefits which you may be entitled to. Here are a few and how you can find out if your an entitled to them.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA can be applied for by filling out a form with the purpose of helping with extra costs for children under 16 who needs looked after more than a child of the same age. There is eligibility criteria and 3 rates of care as well as mobility component. To apply for a form you can phone 0345 712 3456. This is not a free number unless included in your call package.

Carers Allowance

You can apply for carers allowance if you recieve disability living allowance at middle or high rate. To apply go to www.gov.uk and search carers allowance. This will tell you all the information you require before you apply.

Child Tax Credits

If you are in reciept of disability living allowance it is important to update child tax credits as you may be entitled to more help.

Travel Support

If you recieve High rate mobility you may be able to recieve an exemption from vehicle tax, a blue badge and a motability vehicle. 

CEA Cinema Card

A CEA card allows a carer to attend the cinema with them for free. It is only available to children over the age of 8 and you must be in reciept of disability living allowance or PIP. The card costs £6 and you can apply by going to www.ceacard.co.uk 

We have had a fantastic summer with some really memorable experiences provided by the group. Heads of Ayr, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Dynamic Earth,...

Summer 2019

August 11, 2019

On the 3rd May we held our annual quiz night to help raise funds and awareness for our charity.  We had an amazing turnout and what a great night it w...

Our annual quiz night

May 11, 2018

GBM Juniors

November 29, 2017

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Contact Us

Get in touch with Helensburgh and Lomond Autism to discover more about our work and how to donate. We thank you for your support.



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