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Places and spaces for autistic women, girls and non-binary people

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SWAN Places

SWAN Places are in-person social meet-up groups in locations across Scotland. They are autistic spaces, run by autistic volunteers.

These local groups are relaxed and laid-back gatherings for all women and non-binary people who identify as autistic. 

They are safe and confidential spaces, facilitated by autistic volunteers.

There is no presentation, no set agenda and no obligation to participate. 

You can share, listen, or simply relax among like-minded peers who understand and support one another. 

Have a look at your local group below to find out more, and see the calendar for meeting dates.

You can contact our Social Meet-Up Volunteers if you have any questions - you'll find their emails under "How do I join?" 

Please read our Guidelines & Rules before you come along to any of our SWAN Places groups, to help ensure they are safe, supportive and friendly spaces. 

*Please always check the calendar before you go to a group as very occasionally we may have to change or cancel with short notice (only if unavoidable) and we will post any changes here.

Social Meet-up: Aberdeen

Social Meet-up: Dumfries & Galloway

Social Meet-up: Dundee

Social Meet-up: East Lothian

Social Meet-up: Edinburgh

Social Meet-up:  Falkirk

Social Meet-up:  Fife

Social Meet-up:  Glasgow Bridgeton

Social Meet-up: Glasgow Queen’s Park

Social Meet-up: Inverness

Social Meet-up: Stirling

Social Meet-up: West Lothian

Social Health Walk : Dundee

Social Health Walk: Glasgow Bridgeton

Social Health Walk: Glasgow Queens Park

Social Health Walk: Stirling

We’re working on setting up groups in other areas - if you’re interested in volunteering at an existing group, or helping set one up in your area, visit our Volunteer page.

May 2024
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21st

Glasgow Bridgeton Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
21 May, 13:30
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21st

Stirling Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
21 May, 17:00
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21st

Dundee Health Walk

SWAN Places
21 May, 17:30
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26th

Inverness Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
26 May, 14:00
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27th

Dumfries & Galloway Social Meet up - CANCELLED IN MAY

SWAN Places
27 May, 10:30
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28th

East Lothian Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
28 May, 18:00
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31st

Dundee Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
31 May, 14:00
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June 2024
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2nd

Stirling Health Walk

SWAN Places
2 Jun, 17:30
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4th

West Lothian Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
4 Jun, 17:30
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5th

Glasgow Queen's Park Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
5 Jun, 18:30
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6th

Fife Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
6 Jun, 17:00
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9th

Edinburgh Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
9 Jun, 14:00
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17th

Falkirk Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
17 Jun, 16:30
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18th

Glasgow Bridgeton Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
18 Jun, 13:30
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18th

Stirling Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
18 Jun, 17:00
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20th

Glasgow Bridgeton Health Walk

SWAN Places
20 Jun, 18:00
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24th

Dumfries & Galloway Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
24 Jun, 10:30
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25th

East Lothian Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
25 Jun, 18:00
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26th

Glasgow Queens Park Health Walk

SWAN Places
26 Jun, 18:00
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28th

Dundee Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
28 Jun, 14:00
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30th

Inverness Social Meet Up

SWAN Places
30 Jun, 14:00
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SWAN Spaces

SWAN Spaces are regular online groups and events. They are safe, friendly autistic-only spaces, led by autistic staff.

  • SWAN SPACES UPDATE - APRIL 2024

You may have noticed the SWAN Spaces events calendar is looking a bit quiet at the moment - this is due to a delay with the funding for these groups which is out of our control.

We will be posting new dates for these groups as soon as we are able to.

Please check back here, on our socials, or sign up to our newsletter for updates.


In SWAN Spaces, you are free to participate as little or as much as you feel comfortable - talk, join in the text chat, read the closed captions, stim, bring your pets along, wrap yourself in a cosy blanket, or just watch and listen with your camera on or off.

Friends and allies, families and carers, and professionals and practitioners who do not identify as autistic but want to learn more about autistic women, girls and non-binary people are warmly welcomed to specific events only, where stated in the event description.

All of our online events are held on Zoom and you can book a place via Eventbrite.

Have a look at our SWAN Spaces to find out more:

Art & Craft Group

Autistic Parents’ Space

Edinburgh Social Meet up group Online

Moray social Meet Up online

Neuroqueer Social (LGBTQIA+ Group)

Online Peer Support Forum

Post-Diagnosis Groups

Pre-Diagnosis Drop-Ins

Wellbeing Webinars

Western Isles Social Meet Up Group Online

May 2024
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27th

Western Isles Social Meet Up Group Online Online

SWAN Spaces
27 May, 18:00
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28th

Moray SWAN Social Meet Up Group Online

SWAN Spaces
28 May, 18:00
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June 2024
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4th

Pre-Diagnosis Drop In Group

SWAN Spaces
online - 4 Jun, 13:30 - 15:00
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Considering if you are Autistic and going through the diagnosis process (SELF or CLINICAL) can be a long difficult and confusing time and it can be hard to find relevant resources and information.

This monthly drop in group is a safe space to explore, ask questions and meet other women and non-binary people at a similar point in their journey.

For more information, see the full details about this group under 'SWAN Spaces'.

Booking for this group will open 24th May 

16th

Edinburgh Group online

SWAN Spaces
16 Jun, 15:00
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18th

Webinar - Being PDA with SallyCat

SWAN Spaces
online - 18 Jun, 18:30 - 20:00
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Join us for our monthly wellbeing webinar 'Being PDA' with guest speaker SallyCat. 

https://www.facebook.com/Sally...

https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/...

Booking will open on 31st May

To keep up to date with info on all our webinars, sign up to our mailing list

We are looking forward to hearing more about -

  • What is PDA 
  • The difference between PDA avoidance and autistic avoidance 
  • What drives PDA people’s random-seeming behaviours
  • Employment struggles 
  • What helps us cope 



20th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 1

SWAN Spaces
online - 20 Jun, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 1 of our 6 week post diagnosis course for recently diagnosed or self identified women and non-binary people

This group is booked as part of a 6-week course

For more information, see the full details about this group under 'SWAN Spaces' 

Booking for this group will open on 31st May

27th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 2

SWAN Spaces
online - 27 Jun, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 2 of our 6 week post diagnosis course for recently diagnosed autistic women and non-binary people

(This group is booked as part of a 6-week course)  

Booking for this group opens 31st May

July 2024
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2nd

Pre-Diagnosis Drop In Group

SWAN Spaces
online - 2 Jul, 18:00 - 19:30
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Considering if you are Autistic and going through the diagnosis process (SELF or CLINICAL) can be a long difficult and confusing time and it can be hard to find relevant resources and information.

This monthly drop in group is a safe space to explore, ask questions and meet other women and non-binary people at a similar point in their journey.

For more information, see the full details about this group under 'SWAN Spaces' 

Booking will for this group open on 31st of May

4th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 3

SWAN Spaces
online - 4 Jul, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 3 of our 6 week post diagnosis course for recently diagnosed or self identified autistic women and non-binary people

(This group is booked as part of a 6-week course) 

Booking for this course will open on 31st May

11th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 4

SWAN Spaces
online - 11 Jul, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 4 of our 6 week post diagnosis group for recently diagnosed or self identified autistic women and non-binary people

(This group is booked as part of a 6-week course)

Booking for this course will open on 31st May

18th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 5

SWAN Spaces
online - 18 Jul, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 5 of our 6 week post diagnosis course for recently diagnosed or self identified autistic women and non-binary people

(This group is booked as part of a 6-week course) 

Booking for this group will open on the 31st May

25th

Post Diagnosis Group Week 6

SWAN Spaces
online - 25 Jul, 13:00 - 14:30
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Week 6 of our 6 week post diagnosis course for recently diagnosed or self identified autistic women and non-binary people

(This group is booked as part of a 6-week course)

Booking for this course will open on 31st May