We run 2 different kinds of groups for autistic adults with aspergers or high functioning autism at Piccadilly.
Our activity based group below is aimed at young adults aged 16 -30, please see below for details.
We also run a support type group in partnership with the National Autistic Society, this group meets onece a month. Details for this group can be found at the bottom of the page.
IWe run autism groups on a Monday and Thursday,
The group is aimed at young autistic people ages 16 plus 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01524 847685
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
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
The local branch of the NAS is working in partnership with Piccadilly in Lancaster to run a group for autistic adults with a diagnosis of
aspergers/high functioning autism.
The group meets every month, second of the month in the morning 10-12.
It is an informal group run by and for autistic adults.
Come along and meet us, it's a great opportunity to meet like minded people, join in discussions or just listen, talk about your special interests or autism topics or anything or nothing.
Every 3 mths the group is open to people who are exploring the idea they might be autistic or who self identify, come and meet others who have been on the same journey of self discovery as you and find out more about the diagnostic pathway.
No need to book, just come along!
The dates are as follows -
- open group 10-
- open group 10-12
14th December 10-12
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.