Supporting Families and Carers

The Autism Strategy for Stirling and Clackmannanshire has reviewed all local services for children, young people and adults with an ASD. You can consult the directory of services here (link) and search for the type of support you need.

Types of support that may be available for carers

  • Advice & informationTraining, i.e. in sign language or other interventions that can help you to support your child’s communication or behavioural issues better
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance to work
  • Benefit Advice and checks
  • Carers Allowance
  • Carers Support Plan
  • Help with forms
  • Hospital Support
  • Peer support groups
  • Respite/short breaks
  • Support to meet with other carers and families
  • 1:1 Support

Financial support for Family and Carers

Benefits you may be entitled to as a carer for someone with ASD.

If you are over the age of 16 and care for someone for more than 35 hours a week you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.

The NHS also provides information on financial benefits for carers.

Support available for Families and Carers

Self-directed support (SDS) is a term that describes the ways in which individuals and families can make an informed choice about how their support is provided. It is most commonly used in the delivery of social care and support but it can cover a much wider range of services. To read more about SDS click here.

There are a number of organisations across Forth Valley that provide support to families and carers:

Stirling Carers Centre

Clackmannanshire and Falkirk Carers Centre

Care with Confidence- Carer Support Activities at various venues across Clackmannanshire_ downlaod the leaflet here.

The NHS also provides information about the rights of carers. Please follow the links below:

About Carer’s Rights

About Carer’s Employment Rights