AUTISTIC residents in Clydebank are being encouraged to take part in a new project aimed at finding employment.

Volunteer mentors from charity National Autistic Society Scotland are on hand to help autistic young people, aged 16 to 24, take positive steps towards finding employment.

Moving Forward is funded by CashBack for Communities, a government initiative which takes money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime legislation and invests it in projects for Scotland’s youngsters.

Jim Doherty, programme manager at the National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “The Moving Forward project matches young autistic people with volunteer mentors to help them overcome challenges and achieve employment related goals.

“Mentoring can happen face-to-face, by phone or by email and provides an opportunity for autistic people from West Dunbartonshire to succeed in the workplace after our research revealed that just 16 per cent of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid work.”

If you are interested in taking part or feel it could be a good fit for someone you know, please call 0141 248 1725 or email