A charity has launched a number of coffee clubs in the city centre to give autistic Glaswegians the chance to socialise and build friendships.

The National Autistic Society Scotland is inviting people over the age of 26 from across the city to visit the four new clubs.

They aim to give those with autism an opportunity to meet new people and build 'meaningful' friendships.

The clubs are free to attend, and attendees just pay for their own refreshments.

The coffee clubs take place at Geek Retreat, 63 Union St, Glasgow, G1 3RB, every Monday from 12pm to 2pm. 

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They also feature in FM Bookshop, 24-28 Bothwell St, Glasgow, G2 6NU, every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, Thursday from 3pm to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

Nick Ward, director of National Autistic Society Scotland said:  “We know that two-thirds of autistic people in Scotland feel socially isolated. Our free coffee clubs meet weekly and offer an opportunity for autistic adults to enjoy conversation, make friends and socialise.

“The clubs are a lifeline for autistic people who face social isolation and are a vital stepping stone towards building self-confidence and social skills – which are so important in helping autistic people feel valued and enabling them to contribute to society.”

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If you would like to attend one of the free coffee clubs, please contact National Autistic Society Scotland beforehand, by emailing persontoperson@nas.org.uk or calling 0141 221 80 90.