About Us

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and be recognised as valued members of the community they live in.

Makers is a Scottish Autism community hub delivering day and vocational opportunities for autistic people aged 16 + and individuals with learning disabilities who would otherwise lack opportunities to experience a supported working environment.

The service houses a community cafe, shop and gallery, and a kitchen garden. We will also host a rolling programme of activities and learning opportunities for the people that access this community space.

Scottish Autism in Alloa

Established in 1968 by a group of parents, Scottish Autism is now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.

The foundations of support services for autistic children and adults has a rich local heritage in Clackmannanshire, with Struan school opening in Alloa in the 1970s and the beginnings of adult service provision following in 1983.

Our head office is based in Alloa, and we now have over 900 staff working across Scotland to offer a range of services for autistic people including education, day and vocational opportunities, supported living, outreach, respite and specialist transition support.

With a wealth of education, day, vocational and supported living services for adults with autism across Clackmannanshire we continue to have a big Scottish Autism presence within the Wee County.

Makers Stories: Fiona

Fiona is supported by Scottish Autism in a supported living service and also attends local day opportunities. Fiona is a very sociable person and enjoys a vast array of activities and opportunities in her home and in the local community. Fiona particularly enjoys community volunteering.

Having previously worked in Alloa’s Click Cafe, Fiona has valuable work experience and qualifications that she is excited about bringing to Makers cafe.

The Early Days Of Scottish Autism

Makers is based in the heart of our Central Area Services in Clackmannanshire, where we continue to support many of the individuals and their families who were involved from the early days of Scottish Autism. We have a rich amount of local heritage and support that we want to acknowledge and nurture through our community presence at Makers.

Makers People

Sara MacMillan

Founder, Sprinkle Happiness

Sara MacMillan


Founder, Counter Roast


Anthea Coulter


Anthea Coulter