Phone: (03)6722 5000  |  Email: autism@autismtas.org.au

Peer Support

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.

Autism Tasmania’s peer-led support group activities operate within COVID-safe guidelines. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Statewide

Peer Support The Autistic Way (Project update: March 2021)

What is Peer Support the Autistic Way?

“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. The project is co-designed by adults on the autism spectrum.

The peer support programs are informal, non-therapeutic groups for autistic adults to meet regularly in a space where they can be themselves, have fun, support each other, and share interests, skills and information. The groups are facilitated by autistic adults who are passionate about the benefits of peer support.

This project is funded by Autism Tasmania and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but you do not need to be an NDIS participant to be involved.

What have we done so far?

  • After a period of research, resource development, recruitment, training and planning, we launched two trial groups in Hobart. The Hobart Young Adult Group and the Hobart Over 25s Group
  • Both groups are now full, however as they develop spaces may become available. We plan to start new groups across the state after a period of evaluation.

What are we doing now?

  • We have just appointed Daniel Zomerdyk as Coordinator of our autistic-led peer support program. Daniel has been involved with Autism Tasmania as an Autistic Consultant within our training program for several years, and is also the Co-Facilitator of the Hobart Young Adult Group. As someone on the spectrum, Daniel is passionate about seeing the community expand to create a space for people to find a sense of belonging.
  • We are developing further resources for our Facilitators. We are working with:
    • Working it Out for LGBTQI+ Inclusiveness
    • Amovita for Accidental Counselling
  • We are continuing to evaluate our pilot model as preparation for launching new groups.

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 a group in the future, please contact Courtney Landers (courtney.landers@autismtas.org.au) with your name, age and postcode.

Autism Warriors

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: autism@autismtas.org.au

 

West Coast

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 Tasmania

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 autism@autismtas.org.au and we will keep you informed.

Contact: autism@autismtas.org.au

Legonauts

A friendship group for children and their parents/carers who love Lego.

Meetings for this group are currently on hold while it waits for a new Coordinator.  Are you interested in this role?  Or sharing it with someone?  If you would like to find out what is involved please contact us.

 

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 autism@autismtas.org.au