Quest to build support centre linked to autism

Liza Quin and her daughter Alannah (picture by Steven Brown)
Liza Quin and her daughter Alannah (picture by Steven Brown)

A Methil mother is leading a bid to have a purpose-built centre constructed in Levenmouth to focus on autism and conditions similar to it.

Liza Quin is one of the founders of Autism Rocks (Fife), a voluntary group which is seeking charitable status.

Several fund-raising events are in the pipeline too and Liza has been delighted by the support shown so far – indicating that autism and its associated effects are an important issue to many.

Liza (40) became involved with the group as her 10-year-old daughter Alannah has the condition.

This Sunday, at 2.00 p.m., 24 adults and children are due to stage a fancy dress walk accros the Forth Road Bridge and back, with refreshments donated by Sainsbury’s in Kircaldy.

Then on June 28, there’s a ticket event at Methil Ex-Servicemen’s Club, featuring a DJ, Irish dancers and a buffet among the attractions.

Around £700 was recently gathered within a week, thanks to generous support, while more events are being organised.

Lisa and her fellow campaigners are also searching for an outdoor space in Levenmouth which could accommodate a centre to help those with the condition, and their families.

If it happens, it would be the first of its kind in Fife, designed to help people with autism interact with their peers and learn new skills.

Liza was looking at some areas around Methil and enquiring about land ownership.

While she knew their goal was a long way off, she was grateful for help so far from local political figures and Fife Council personnel.

At present, Autism Rocks (Fife) is a self-help group based on Facebook with around 230 members – children and adulsts – affected by autism.

You can look up Autism Rocks (Fife) on Facebook and send a friend request for more information.

Liza said it was often very hard for people with autism to go out and about and visit places because their symptoms affected them in different ways.

With her daughter Alannah, it was a fear of dogs – so walks or trips to the park, or the beach, were ruled out.

“Everywhere you go, you are stared at and you are judged,” she said. “It’s a stigma. Because you can’t see the disability, they’re all pretty much judged. But they belong in society like anybody else – they have a place and always should.”