Peer Support

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 at 30th March 2020, in line with current restrictions, all face to face groups have been suspended.

Statewide

Peer Support The Autistic Way (Project update: March 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;
  • We surveyed autistic Tasmanians to find out the types and locations of groups that are wanted;
  • We attended Group Facilitation Training with the GroupWork Centre;
  • We developed resources to help recruit autistic Facilitators for a trial Peer Support Group in Hobart. These resources include an Applicant Information Pack, a Webinar series, and an autism-considerate interview process for people interested in applying to be new Facilitators.
  • Using the autism-considerate recruitment process we recruited our first group of trainee facilitators. It really gave us a glimpse of the exciting future for Peer Support the Autistic Way.

Here is what we are doing now:

  • Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic we have had to put all in-person activities on hold. This means that the training workshops for trainee facilitators and the launch of the trial Peer Support Group in Hobart have been postponed.
  • We are in discussion with the NDIA about how this affects our grant. They are being very supportive, and we are confident that activities will start again when possible.
  • Meanwhile, we are working to develop online connection options for our group of trainee Facilitators so that they can keep connected with the project and each other.
  • We are writing handbooks which will support new autistic-led groups.
  • We are developing ways to evaluate the model and resources we are developing for 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].

Autism Warriors

Peer support group for parents. Monthly, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Venue and day may vary. Contact the organisers for current details.

Autism Warriors Tasmania on Facebook.

Contact: [email protected]

 

Southern Tasmania

Dunalley

Peer support group for parents. First Tuesday morning of the month, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Dunalley Community Neighbourhood Centre, Arthur Highway

Contact: Mel on 6253 5579

 

Northwest & West Coast

CHASE (Circular Head Autism Support for Everyone) – Parent Peer Support Group

This group is for bringing kids on the autism spectrum together for play and helping parents link up.

We’ll have Lego, sensory play, music, dance, arts and crafts and more.

For dates and time please contact Peta or Jill

Venue: Stanley Primary School, 28 Pearse Street, Stanley

Contact: Peta 0437 115 870 or Jill 0439 543 064

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 Tasmania

Northern Adult Group

Second Saturday of the month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

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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]

Legonauts

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]