Broadcaster, author and Sunday National columnist Stuart Cosgrove has officially launched Scottish Autism’s new Ardencraig service.

Located in Castlemilk, the day opportunity will support a number of people with autism to develop skills across a wide range of activities.

Events and donors including an Ardencraig family fun day, the annual Scottish Autism Golf Day sponsored by SG Pro Cleaning and Blythswood Square Hotel have provided over £30,000 which will support the refurbishment and improve the facilities at the service.

The charity hopes to raise a further £28,000 to enhance the service for the supported individuals.

Paul Macarthur, Scottish Autism regional manager, said: “The time and effort required to develop and launch a service is often difficult for people to fully understand, and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Scottish Autism team that we are now able to launch this service.

“We are grateful to Stuart Cosgrove, a great friend to the charity, for giving his time to officially launch Ardencraig.

He added: “It is an exciting new chapter, and will be of huge benefit to the autistic individuals who access the service.

“We continue to try to raise the remaining funds to enable us to fully realise the vision for the service, by enhancing the amenities available to the individuals we support, and we thank those who have so generously supported us up to now.”

Stuart Cosgrove said: “Autism can be a challenge for kids and adults and improving facilities and launching creative learning environments is vital.

“I hope Ardencraig is a huge success and becomes a well-loved place for young people to build skills and friendships.”