Autism Groups

We run autism groups on a Monday and Thursday,

9.30 -3.30

The group is aimed at young autistic people ages 16-30 who want something to do during the day, it is ideal for those who are not yet in employment. See information below about what the groups do,

or contact Julie for more information

ju.richmond@googlemail.com or 01524 847685

We currently we have two places available on both Thursday and Monday

Trying new things

Our group members suggest new things they would like to try and we try to make it happen. Josies suggestion of trying horse riding was a great success!

Arts and Crafts

We have lots of arts and crafts materials and many of our group members enjoy art. This can be simply for enjoyment or we can look at supporting you to  promote your work.

Travel experience

We use buses and trains when going out and about to give valuable experience in learning travel and navigation skills whilst going to new and interesting places.

Sport activities

We have range of equipment such as a full size pool table, archery, football etc. on our site or we can make use of local facilities, we enjoy playing badminton and going swimming occasionally. 

Horticulture

We have a 2 acre site, a working plant nursery and sales outlet at our disposal to try our hand at any aspect of gardening/horticulture we may fancy. We have a sensory pathway too.

Visiting places

Our group members suggest places they would like to visit and we support them to make it happen. We have been to castles, museums, pubs, cafes, shops, other towns, horse riding etc.

Console gaming

We have laptops, Ipads and games consoles which you can use whenever you like, play alone or with others. We have a variety of games available and are always adding to our collection.

Work experience

We can provide a range of experiences which help to develop new skills and  build confidence. We can support people to gain formal or informal work experience. See some of what we have been up to below.

Cooking

We have cooking sessions where you can make a variety of items from cookies, cupcakes to pizza and  curry. Just tell us what you fancy.

 

 

Your own ideas

Everything the group does has come from their own ideas. Each week they make a plan for the following week so they know what to expect. Not everyone has to do the same thing, we can offer diffent activities on the same day.

The groups are based in an autism friendly pine cabin in the beautiful 2 acre site of Piccadilly Garden in Scotforth, Lancaster. The groups are small, a maximum of 5 people attending each group. The days are structured and people know in advance what they will be doing, everyone contributes to the planning process so that everyones preferences are catered for. Our groups are friendly, fun and pressure free.

We can provide work experience opportunties for our group members and we have links with local social enterprises and businesses.

 

One of the social enterprises is Autistec; the artistic folk amongst the group have their designs printed onto a range of goods, the artists are paid a commission for each item sold with their artwork.

 

Take a look at Autistec website to see their work - 

Autistec website

Another organistaion we work with is Difference Enabled, they are a project founded as part of the Enactus Lancaster society at Lancaster University, which aims to assist individuals on the autistic-spectrum in accessing sustainable employment.

 

We support our group members to get involved with Zest, which is a salad bar run by Difference Enabled on campus. There are a wide range of opportunities for people to contribute their skills, learn new skills and gain valuable experience.

 

The salad bar also aims to promote autism awareness and acceptance.

See their facebook page - Zest Lancaster

We have close links with Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the National Autistic society. This ensures that the autism services we offer are responsive to the needs of the autistic community and that we stay informed of the local local opportunities they offer.

We attend Autism Awareness events that the NAS host plus other events aimed at additional needs families.

We have a representative on the Lancashire Autism Partnership Board, this enables us to keep up to date with legislation, good practise, opportunities and also gives our group members a voice.

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