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Additional Support Needs Learning Network - Inspiring Scotland

Additional Support Needs Learning Network


Additional Support Needs (ASN) Learning Network

The ASN Learning Network grew from conversations between Inspired Community Enterprise Trust (ICET) which runs The Usual Place in Dumfries and Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG) in the Scottish Borders, two organisations that work with autistic people and people with learning disabilities in South of Scotland. It was funded by the South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) and facilitated by Inspiring Scotland. The Network was established in October 2021 and ran for 2 years.

The Network:

  • helped to share best practice in the South of Scotland region in transition and employability for young people and adults
  • supported organisations to learn together
  • helped to identify where gaps are in services
  • asked people about their experience of getting jobs, and about opportunities locally
  • was a group that other people came to with questions and for advice and to connect people who could fund support and make changes

The network focused on employment with the aim that the Network would help lead to more accessible training and employment opportunities being created locally.

Read publications from the Network here:


An end of project conference was held on 8 September 2023 and attended by 53 delegates. Delegates heard from a number of different people and contributed to ideas for the final project recommendations.


With the ASN Learning Network coming to an end, we have developed some resources which reflect on the project or can be useful for the future:

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