What Support we Offer

 

 Telephone help line 

We run a Telephone advice line which operates from

10am till 1pm Monday & Friday

10am till 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

We are closed public/bank holidays and Northern Ireland school holidays

This line is manned by volunteer parents, carers and professionals

 Helpline telephone number.  02892611851

Email: sharon.doherty9@btinternet.com

 

Family Support

We offer the family a holistic service which compliments and enhances current services such as our parent to parent support groups, social groups, Advocacy service, benefits service & education and advice service. The family support service includes a range of targeted family support and interventions on an individual or group basis, for parents, children, young people and individuals with autism.

Referrals should be made through the Regional office 02892611851

 

 

Parent support Groups

Parent support groups provide Parent/carers with the opportunity to talk to other parents with a child / young person or adult with Autistic spectrum disorder; and also to support each other.

We meet to exchange experiences and make new friends who understand us and our child.

We believe in a Holistic approach to Family Support; as in a One Stop Shop, whereby the whole Family unit can receive support without having to search elsewhere; therefore cutting down on stress.

The Parent to parent support groups run on the same evening as the social groups; and we insist on at least one parent staying with their child/young person, but in a separate part of the building. Respite in a new form.

Our experience and results shows that this is important.

There is no point in the child learning new skills, unless the Parent/carer also learns new skills from other Parent/carers life experiences.

Parents & carers of the social groups are not required to raise funds for the charity, should they wish to raise funds we are more than happy to support them.

Venues for support groups are in: Carrickfergus, Craigavon and Dungannon.

 

Advocacy

The Network provides an Advocacy services in matters relating to

  • Education
  • Police matters
  • Social care/child protection
  • Benefits

All our volunteers have been trained in advocacy by Professor Conliffe; funded by the Down & Lisburn Trust, and accredited by the Ulster University.  

 

Social Groups

All the children and young people who attend the groups have Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); or are awaiting a diagnosis of ASD.

The social groups offer the children and young people the opportunity to learn new skills; make and sustain new friendships, Learn from others who have the same disability thus creating an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and understanding.

This improves their outlook on life and helps build their confidence, and self worth.

The groups run in the same manner as Youth clubs except that all games etc must have two or more players.

We have rules which all young people must abide by, just as youth clubs have.

The groups are in the following areas;

Carrickfergus, which runs on a fortnightly basis

For ages 6-16 years of age

Craigavon, Laurencetown, which is run on a Monthly basis

For ages 9-16 years of age

Dungannon, which is run on a Monthly basis

For ages 10-16 years of age

Bangor, which is run on a fortnightly basis

For ages 6-11 years of age

All groups run with the exception of school and public holidays

Details of all the social groups can be obtained by contacting the Regional office on   02892611851 or email sharon.doherty9@btinterent.com 

 

 Adult Groups

These groups are the initiative of adults with a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome/ Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), some of whom are also carers of young people with Aspergers syndrome/ ASD.

The groups meet on a monthly basis for Adults of 18yrs upwards; in Carrickfergus and from September 2011 in Laurencetown, Craigavon.

It is their aim to meet in an informal basis, to have coffee, chat and make new friends.

They also organise nights out to the cinema and restaurants. As a charity our aim is to support adults to meet, make new friends and discuss subjects which are of interest to them.

 

Teens & Twenties Social Outing Group

The Social outing group meets the needs of young people with Autistic spectrum disorder from the age of 13 to their twenties. The social outing group decides what to do and where they want to go each month; and we organise the event for them. (They Decide - We Organise)

The young people come from all over the province i.e. Newry, Larne, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Bangor areas; and they welcome new members and organise events in venues, as much as possible central to all.

To date the group have taken trips to

         Cinema

          Restaurants

         Indiana Land (for Adults)

         Crazy Golf

         Bowling

         Airsoft

         Comedy Club

         Christmas Formals