SNP MSP Stuart McMillan and Councillor Math Campbell Sturgess welcomed Fiona McLeod MSP, Minister for Children and Young people to the REACH for Autism Project in Greenock. Ms McLeod was keen to hear about the project, undertook a tour of the facility and spent time with some of the service users and their families.
REACH was founded in 2012 as a Social Enterprise to help bridge the gap in services for people who have been diagnosed with autism in the Inverclyde area and now provides services for all ages and their families.
Welcoming the Minister the Greenock based MSP said:
“I was delighted that Fiona came back to Inverclyde after being here only a few weeks ago. As well as her ministerial capacity, I know she has an interest in Autism related issues and was grateful to her for taking time to visit REACH to see and hear for herself the great work that they do.
“In only three years, REACH have become well respected in Inverclyde and they make a great difference to the individuals with Autism and families who have a member with Autism.
“I have been supportive of REACH for Autism and only recently spent time with them helping with their garden project.
“I have taken on board a number of issues which I will be pursuing through the Council.”
Vicki McCarthy from REACH said:
“I want to thank the Minister, Stuart and Math for visiting again today. I know they have been supportive of what we do and we will continue to highlight our progress to date.
“Meeting politicians provides REACH with an opportunity to express our thoughts, wishes and potential solutions to them in their roles. Today was another one of those opportunities.”