Hobart: 6231 2745 | Launceston: 6344 1212 | Burnie: 6431 0306

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: January 2021)

“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 was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but you do not need to be an NDIS participant to be involved.   The funding allowed Autism Tasmania to research, develop and trial a model for autistic-led peer support. The project is co-designed by adults on the autism spectrum.

After a period of research, resource development, recruitment, training and planning, we have now launched two trial groups in Hobart.  These informal, non-therapeutic groups are 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 voluntarily facilitated by autistic adults who are passionate about the benefits of peer support.

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.

The Hobart Young Adult Group is for people aged 18-25.  Lisa and Daniel are the co-facilitators.

The Hobart Over 25s Group if for autistic adults aged 25 or over.  Jason and Holger are the co-facilitators.

Daniel, Lisa, Jason and Holger participated in a Group Facilitation Skills workshop in 2020.  The training was tailored for autistic facilitators by the project’s Autistic Consultants (Geraldine Robertson and Tracy Voss), who also led the workshop.  In addition to the invaluable contributions of Geraldine and Tracy we are appreciative of Henry Fowkes from The GroupWork Centre who continues to be an active partner in the development, delivery  and ongoing support of this 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 a group in the future, please contact Robyn Thomas (robyn.thomas@www.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@www.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.com.au and we will keep you informed.

Contact: autism@www.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@www.autismtas.org.au