Pioneering Bishopbriggs volunteer teams up with National Autistic Society to change lives

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A STUDENT volunteer has been credited with “transforming the life” of a young man with Asperger syndrome after becoming one of the first to sign up to a ground breaking mentoring programme.

Kirsty Ainsworth (23), from Bishopbriggs, joined The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland’s new Moving Forward project last year.

The scheme works with young people with autism, aged 16-25 years, who are keen to overcome the challenges of their condition and seek success in further education and employment.

Kirsty was paired up with Euan Hayton (21), from Houston, who initially struggled to make eye contact and conversation.

Just 12 months later he’s a confident student, studying travel and tourism at Paisley’s Reid Kerr College.

More on this story in next week’s Herald.

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