Autism Tasmania coordinates peer-led 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: October 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.
Launching the Hobart Young Adult Group
After a period of research, resource development, recruitment, training and planning, The Hobart Young Adult Group is ready to launch! Their first meeting will be on Saturday October 17th. This group is for autistic adults aged 18-25 to meet regularly in a space where they can be themselves, have fun, support each other, and share interests, skills and information.
The Hobart Young Adult Group is voluntarily co-facilitated by Daniel and Lisa – two autistic young adults who are passionate about the benefits of peer support.
There has been a high level of interest in autistic-led peer support, so due to the risk of overloading the group, we capped registrations for this group at 15. People who have contacted us expressing an interest in the project were given priority access, and the group is now full.
Preparing for the Hobart 25+ Group
Two Facilitators – Jason and Holger – are working together to find suitable venues, dates and times for this new Peer Support Groups to meet. We will soon invite autistic adults aged 25 years and older to register as members of this group.
Due to the high level of interest and the risk of overloading the group, we will cap registrations at 15. People who have contacted us expressing an interest in being a member of the group will be given priority access.
Daniel, Lisa, Jason and Holger participated in 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 led the workshop. We are appreciative of Henry Fowkes and The GroupWork Centre who are active partners in the development and delivery of this workshop, and the project.
If you would like to be kept informed about the progress of Peer Support the Autistic Way or would like to express an interest in joining the group, please send your contact details to Robyn Thomas at [email protected].
Facebook Peer support group for parents.
Occasional in-person activities in Hobart. Contact the organisers for current details.
Search for Autism Warriors Tasmania on Facebook.
Contact: [email protected]
Rosebery Carer Peer Support Group
Casual get together, chat over a cuppa, and the occasional speakers and activities.
Venue: Rosebery Community Centre
Contact: Kathryn 0475 589 711
Northern Adult Group
Peer support group for adults on the autism spectrum
Date: Meet second Saturday of the month
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Red Dove Cafe, Paterson Street, Launceston
Sometimes the group meets for a picnic or other activities in different places. If you are interested in joining this group please send your contact details to [email protected] and we will keep you informed.
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 – BYO Lego.
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 (Hobart),
6344 1212 (North) or 6431 0306 (Burnie) or email [email protected]