Three local charities are supported by the Alba Real Ale Festival this year, National Autistic Society Scotland, Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club and Tay Sail Training.

The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

The Society runs residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream schools and further education support for children and young people.

To raise money for the Dundee and Angus Branch, a mother-and-son team – Debbie and Cameron (8) – will take part in the Dundee Kiltwalk. The organisation, which has a hub operating out of the Dundee North West Community Sports Club, has helped the Gordon family understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through family fun days, one-to-one help and group sessions. Debbie commented, “We are really looking forward to the event regardless of what the elements throw at us.” – We wish Debbie and Cameron the best of luck. Find out more


Tayside Dynamos Powerchair Football Club was established in 2012 in response to requests from Powerchair users in the Tayside area, who wanted to get involved in a fun, fast paced, competitive sport. Following many months of hard work by Dundee City Disability Sport and with support from Broughty Ferry Rotary Club, the team came together and the Dynamos were born. The club currently supports 10 members, who are all powerchair users, with weekly training sessions, in Dundee and Forfar. They are always on the lookout for new players and welcome anyone along to the training sessions that simply want to ‘give it a go’ and see what the sport is all about.

They are celebrating another fantastic year as the team wrap up another season with every Scottish title in the bag for the second consecutive season. Find out more.

Tay Sail Training  (TST) was established with charitable status in 2003 by the members of Royal Tay Yacht Club (RTYC) with the prime objective “to provide community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities for sailing” and in particular “the involvement and development of young people”. TST operates from the premises of RTYC providing a programme of practical sailing courses for young people and adults in the community as well as a series of shore based winter courses. All practical courses are delivered by qualified instructors who provide their services on a voluntary basis, happy to invest their time to help develop a sport that offers so much to its participants as well as encouraging the recreational use of the wonderful natural resource of the waters of the Tay estuary. Since inception all sums raised have been invested in training boats, safety boats, related equipment and the maintenance thereof. TST currently has a fleet of 25 training dinghies and 2 rigid inflatable safety boats.  Every £1 raised for TST goes directly into meeting the charity aims. As well as requiring funds to maintain its current activities, TST is seeking to expand its activities to provide sailing and related water sports to other sectors in the community in particular through the Active schools programme and its involvement with the local authority in its offsite education programme which will extend sailing opportunities to many more young people. TST is also keen to expand its existing work with providing sailing for those with disabilities or affected by long term illness. All enquiries are welcome whether from prospective trainees or volunteers and should be addressed in the first instance to