AN ONLINE charity baking event has been a sweet success, according to organisers Scottish Autism.

The Alloa-based national charity has teamed up with Ayrshire chef Alan Ferguson to keep service users connected through the winter months.

He delivered an online bake-a-long in a successful event which saw attendees post pictures of their creations and joining the community conversation.

Charlene Tait, deputy CEO at Scottish Autism, was delighted to have the head chef along.

She said: "This event, is one of a series of online activities that we have organised as part of the Winter Connections project.

"These events are aimed at bringing autistic people and their families together during this latest lockdown and supporting them to help minimise feelings of loneliness and isolation."

Alan, head chef at Buzzworks Bakehouse in Prestwick, shared a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make a passion fruit tart.

He said: "Baking is bit of fun and a great way to take a break and de-stress, so we've become a nation of home bakers over the past year, trying our hand at breads and cakes.

"It's a wonderful sensory experience with instant gratification as you can taste the labours of your work.

"I'm proud to work alongside Scottish Autism and help support their fantastic work with this virtual event."

The next online event for Scottish Autism will see a meeting of the Virtual Choir tomorrow, Thursday February 18.

The group, taking place each Thursday between 5pm and 6pm until March 25, is for autistic people and their families.

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