Autism Tasmania facilitates peer support groups and social events across the state for parents, children and adults on the spectrum. We also offer support for those seeking to establish new groups. Numbers are limited for some of these events, so we ask that you register your interest with us before attending.
As COVID related restrictions are easing, some Peer Support Groups are now preparing to re-commence in-person activities in line with COVID-safe guidelines. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Peer Support The Autistic Way (Project update: September 2020)
“Peer Support the Autistic Way” is a project that aims to provide meaningful ways for adults on the autism spectrum to connect with each other.
This project is being funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but you do not need to be an NDIS participant to be involved. The funding is allowing Autism Tasmania to research, develop and trial a model for autistic-led peer support. The project is being co-designed by adults on the autism spectrum.
Here is an update on the project so far:
- The research phase gave us a clear understanding of best-practice guidelines for running a peer-support service, and the types and locations of groups that are wanted in Tasmania;
- We attended Group Facilitation Training with the GroupWork Centre, and Accidental Counsellor Training with Amovita;
- We developed and used an autism-considerate recruitment process to recruit our first group of trainee Facilitators.
- Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to pause the project just prior to the training workshop for trainee Facilitators and the launch of the pilot group. The NDIS recognised the difficulty and extended our grant period, which now expires on October 31st 2020.
- When it was safe to resume in-person activities a group of trainee Facilitators attended a Group Facilitation Skills workshop during July. The training was tailored for autistic facilitators by the project’s Autistic Consultants (Geraldine Robertson and Tracy Voss), who also lead the workshop. The GroupWork Centre was an active partner in this process.
- A review of the Group Facilitation Skills workshop in the context of the high demand for peer support has led us to decide that two trial Peer Support Groups are needed–one for young adults (18-25 years) and one for an older cohort (25 years and older).
- 4 Facilitators have been selected to co-facilitate two trial Peer Support Groups.
Here is what we are doing now:
- The Facilitators are working together to find suitable venues, dates and times for the new Peer Support Groups to meet
- We will soon invite autistic adults in the south to register as members of the two Peer Support Groups. Due to the risk of overloading the group, we will cap registrations for each group at 15. People who have contacted us expressing an interest in the project will be given priority access.
- Our Autistic Consultants will work with Amovita to develop an Accidental Counsellor training unit specifically for Autistic Peer Support group Facilitators.
- We are developing ways to evaluate Peer Support the Autistic Way.
If you would like to be kept informed about the progress of Peer Support the Autistic Way, please send your contact details to the project team at [email protected].
Peer support group for parents. Monthly, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue and day may vary. Contact the organisers for current details.
Contact: [email protected]
Rosebery Parent Peer Support Group
Casual get together, chat over a cuppa, and the occasional speakers and activities.
For dates and times please contact Kathryn
Venue: Rosebery Community Centre
Contact: Kathryn 0475 589 711
Northern Adult Group
Second Saturday of the month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm.
Thursday afternoons, 2:30pm – 4:30pm.
Pilgrim Centre, 34 Paterson Street, Launceston however Saturday venue can vary so please contact us to confirm.
Contact: [email protected]
A friendship group for kids aged 6-14 who love Lego.
For dates and times please follow this link.
Playgroup Tasmania, 35 Holbrook St, Invermay
Cost: Free to attend – Lego kindly donated by local businesses.
Contact: Naomi 0409 349 986
Autism information sessions are conducted regularly across all three regions. Please contact our office for details of upcoming events 6231 2745 (South),
6344 1212 (North and Northwest) or email [email protected]