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.
Peer Support The Autistic Way (Project update: December 2019)
Are you an adult on the spectrum who would like to connect with your peers?
“Peer Support the Autistic Way” is a new project at Autism Tasmania. The project 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. Tracy Voss and Geraldine Robertson are autistic adults who have been employed by Autism Tasmania as consultants for the project.
Here is an update on the project so far:
• The research phase has enabled us to get a clear understanding of best-practice guidelines for running a peer-support service
• We surveyed autistic Tasmanians to find out more details about the types and locations of groups that are wanted
• The project’s autistic consultants are currently developing training resources for new peer group facilitators
• The project team is writing manuals that will support new autistic-led groups.
We know that people are very eager for peer groups to begin and we thank you for your patience. We’re aiming to have the resources up and ready to begin some training for new peer group facilitators in early February 2020. This will be a “test run” for the newly developed training and support resources. It will firstly be offered in Hobart before the launch of the first, of hopefully many, peer support groups around the state. We are beginning in Hobart because that is where the majority of people who responded to the survey indicating that they may be interested in being peer group facilitators live. The Northern Adult Group that meets in Launceston may also like to review and provide feedback on the new resources. This staged roll-out of Peer Support the Autistic Way helps to ensure we have the best program and on-going support for all involved.
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. First Tuesday morning of the month, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Dunalley Community Neighbourhood Centre, Arthur Highway
Contact: Mel on 6253 5579
Peer support group for parents. Monthly, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue and day may vary. Contact the organisers for current details.
Contact: [email protected]
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 follow this link
Venue: Rosebery Community Centre
Contact: Kathryn 0475 589 711
A regular get-together at the Launceston Bike Centre for children aged around 7-12 and their family members.
A cost of $5 per family is payable on the day to go towards venue hire.
Contact: Janelle 0400 045 895
For upcoming dates and times follow this link
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]