Peterhead gets Armadilla for autistic adults

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A unique sensory space for autistic adults has been delivered to the garden of a specialist supported living unit in Peterhead.

The 15-foot woodenArmadilla was placed at Tramaine House on Saturday and will give autistic people a quiet environment when they are anxious or stressed.

Jenny Paterson, director of The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “We’re having this quirky structure kitted out with special lights and a soundsystem that can be tailored to the needs and preferences of Tramaine House residents.

“It will become a wonderful sensory space, somewhere for people to relax away from the main building.”

Aberdeen University Students Union raised £11,000 to meet the cost of the Armadilla for the The National Autistic Society Scotland.

Last month The National Autistic Society Scotland launched a one-year project with Aberdeenshire Council to help it become Scotland’s first autism-friendly region.

The two organisations will work together on a series of innovative activities to support autistic people living in the area.

Philip English, Head of Adult Services and criminal justice at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “We have seen the difference Dementia Friendly Communities has made in areas of Aberdeenshire where they have been introduced, and we want to create a similar environment for autistic people.

“Aberdeenshire Council therefore tendered for a provider to deliver ‘Autism Friendly Aberdeenshire’ project.”