Our primary aim is to provide support to anyone living with Tourette Syndrome and their families. Due to stretched resources, we are not able to offer a telephone helpline at present. You can, however, contact us by emailing us using our contact form or sending us a private message through our Facebook page. We also have various local support groups and private Facebook groups where you can connect with the Tourette's community.
Tourette Scotland can offer awareness sessions to schools, higher education, workplaces, community groups and health professionals. The awareness sessions focus on developing an understanding of the complex nature of Tourette syndrome and the co-existing conditions that are often associated with Tourette’s. The sessions aim to dispel the myths, provide up to date information and to provide supports and strategies for school and work environments. We also promote the positives of having a diagnosis of Tourette’s.
The sessions are delivered by a small team all over Scotland and we also encourage some of our young people to engage in the awareness sessions. We currently have some young people who come out to schools to support the training and provide real life examples to education staff.
Tourette Scotland currently offers a limited outreach programme, which is in high demand. Our outreach can be done by email, telephone contact, Skype calls, local support groups and occasional home visits. As the charity is run solely by volunteers, we have a very small team that can offer this service. We aim to employ outreach workers to increase our capacity to offer more outreach, however we are not quite there yet so please bear with us!
Currently, outreach takes many forms. This could range from having questions about Tourette Syndrome answered, developing a personal profile for work or education establishments so that you can achieve your potential or individualised supporting letters for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments. There have also been opportunities to support families when dealing with educational issues. Sometimes we can sign post you to other appropriate services. Outreach has proved very popular and the feedback has been very positive. As a result, we will be starting a waiting list for people requesting outreach support.