Fun-filled day to raise awareness of autism

On Saturday, April 4, the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels will host an Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.

Between 10am and 3pm a craft fair will welcome members of the public to come and buy a wide range of crafts and locally handmade products. There will also be a bouncy castle, face-painting and light refreshments.

The aim of the day is to show that autism awareness can be fun and relevant to everyone.

The event has been backed by the Scottish Government Autism Development Fund in order to highlight the skills and expertise which people on the autistic spectrum have, but also to show that there is no obvious difference between the skills of those who are on the autistic spectrum and those who are not.

Autistic individuals also enjoy browsing, buying, creating and fun – an often-overlooked fact.

In the evening the hall will be transformed into a venue ready to host a Gangsters and Molls-themed night.

Tickets cost £10 and will include a light snack during the evening. The Jailhouse Blues Brothers will be the entertainment for the evening – who many locals may already have seen or heard on one of their frequent trips to the Golden Lion in Galashiels – though this act will certainly be one of their finest so far.

Alongside Jake and Elwood will be the highly-respected and talented Gangsters of Groove, the Edinburgh-based function band who have entertained in some prestigious venues, including the Glasgow Hilton and Glasgow Winter Gardens.

These two highly-versatile, energetic entertainers will make April 4 a night to remember – for all the right reasons.

This is not a fundraising night – there will be no on-the-night raffles, auctions or even expected donations asked for. There won’t be lectures and talks – only an opportunity to get together to help encourage the acceptance of autism in the Borders.

The Golden Lion has helped to organise the event, and will be on hand throughout the day to ensure that things run smoothly.

Tickets are available online from, or from the Golden Lion.