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If you, a partner or a family member has Aspergers, then our peer support groups may suit your needs.  Meet others, share stories, do activites together or listen to the occasional speaker in a friendly and inclusive community environment.  Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees. Please let them know if you are new.

Peer groups are often the first port of call for our new members - a place where you can meet others, listen, learn and share stories.  A place to just be yourself with accepting peers who just 'get' you. For our under 18 Teens group parents must remain present at the venue but are in a separate area to build Teen independence further. 

Our Peer Groups aim to empower attendees through discovering: 

·       COMMUNITY Our groups create a sense of belonging to a community with like-minded, supportive peers with lived experience

·       RESILIENCE  through ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Self-Regulation’ learning

·       CONFIDENCE through a focus on appreciation of strengths, special interests and abilities 

·       SELF-DETERMINATION and independence through mentoring and learning

·       FRIENDSHIP and social experience through regular peer gatherings. Reduce isolation, perceived stigma plus builds friendship and trust through regular contact with the group

·       KNOWLEDGE shared in the group about how to manage challenges or extend strengths 

Ultimately our Groups aim to support self-esteem and, confidence and self-empowerment, to determine your own life independently, including areas of physical and mental health, relationships, employment, finance, housing, special interests and self-reliance. It could be regarded as a social networking program for Aspergers - without therapy.

Referrals keep coming to the group from local health services, schools, youth services and by word of mouth and have now exceeding our capacity to accommodate them in a volunteer-managed format. 

 *Please note these groups are for Aspergers Victoria members only, however you are very welcome to attend a meeting before joining our community.  Join online today ! and then receive the other benefits of being part of our association. 

Our Meeting Schedule


Aspergers Victoria Group Values and Approach:

  • A Positive Mindset: We see possibilities, strengths and talents; not problems or deficits
  • A Growth Mindset: We pursue goals through continual learning from each other equally and share that knowledge; we don’t judge ourselves or others
  • Empowerment: We listen, support and encourage others to grow
  • Empathy: We try to understand another’s situation and help, if asked
  • Trust: We value the privacy and confidentiality of others in and out of the group
  • Respect: We acknowledge the wishes and rights of others and believe we are responsible for our own behaviour
We call this the AV Groups Way. We expect attendees to abide by this in our events, activities and meetings. 

Our Groups bookings go to the bottom of this page or to our Events webpage. 

For any questions relating to our groups, or general group enquiries, contact us at AV Groups.  

Please note: 

 - Any promotion of members’ ventures and other (non AV) items of interest are only to be conducted via the Groups Coordinator or the Group Leader.  If you wish to make announcements or distribute materials at our meetings, please email your request to the Groups Coordinator groups@aspergersvic.org.au

- AV has become aware of groups using the AV logo or name to promote their services or groups without AV approval. AV cannot provide any assurance of the quality of any group not coordinated by AV and not listed in the links below. They will not be covered by our insurance, nor have our Peer Leader training or necessarily deliver quality support to AV standards. 

- AV Groups do not provide professional advice, medical advice, counselling, crisis management or case management.  You can find support through our professionals directory or through a number of organisations that do offer crisis support.


Teens Group

Join our Teens Group, for secondary students aged 12 to 18 years.  Meet like-minded peers in a relaxed environment; share strengths, passions or interests over board games, or chat with our young adult leaders.  Parents and carers meet in an adjoining area sharing stories or listening to a guest speaker about current teen issues. 

Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of the month in the South Eastern suburbs, February to November except public Holidays.  Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and will welcome new families. All group leaders have a Working With Children Check.

We also run an extension of the teens group running each month called "Social Butterflies", for teen girls only, running on 3rd Friday night of the month. This is a space for girls to meet other like-minded girls (or female-identifying / non-binary teens) and enjoy some fun activities and refreshments together.  

Contact the Teens Group co-ordinator if you have any questions, or register for a session.

Please Note: A parent MUST accompany all children, and the responsibility for supervision and costs of ALL children remains with the parents.


Young adults

If you are a young adult with Aspergers aged 18 to 35 years having left school, then this group may suit your needs. Meetings are held in the South Eastern suburbs on the 4th Thursday of the month, February to November except public holidays.  Occasional social outings are arranged from this group.  Meet other young adults, participate in discussions that determine your own life, and listen to the occasional speaker in a friendly inclusive environment.  

Parents and carers do not attend this group, and are welcome to attend one of the Parents & Carers of Groups. 

Young Adults with lived experience run all meetings, and will welcome new attendees.  It is expected that group members independently manage their own email to and from the Young Adults group.

Contact the Young Adults co-ordinator if you have any questions, or register for a session.


Adults Group

If you are an Asperger Adult, then this group may suit your needs. 

Meetings are held in the South Eastern suburbs on the 3rd Thursday of each month, February to December except public holidays. Where there is a 5th Thursday, the group also has a social meeting (e.g. a bbq, at the same venue) Occasional social outings are arranged by this group.

Meet other adults, participate in discussions, or listen to a speaker in a friendly, inclusive environment. Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees.


Gener8 (Adults ~25-45) Social Group

If you are a young Asperger Adult aged approximately 25 - 45 years and are currently working or studying, join our welcoming community of Asperger individuals for some fun and friendship. Social activities are held on a monthly basis typically on a Friday night or weekend day or evening. Meetings run between February to December, except public holidays.

This group is lead by peer leaders who support the group to decide and choose what social activities will be planned.  All attendees need to be able to attend this group independently.  Partners are welcome. ****10/2019 Currently closed, we hope to open again in 2020*****


Womens Group

If you are an Aspergers woman who would like to meet other women to chat to, gain insights and share your experiences with, join our friendly, inclusive group environment.

Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees. Meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Saturday afternoon, from February to December, except public holidays.


Dungeons & Dragons Group

If you are a fan of Dungeons & Dragons, or want to give it a try, join like-minded people (teens to adults) in a friendly environment with others who share your passion. 

Dungeon Masters with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees. Meetings are held in South-Eastern suburbs, fortnightly on Sunday afternoons. Check groups calendar for dates. 


Our Parents & Carers Groups

If you are a parent or carer of a child with Aspergers, then this group may suit your needs. Various meetings are held in the Eastern (1st Friday A.M.) and Southern Melbourne suburbs (2nd Monday P.M. & 4th Friday A.M.) February to December, except school and public holidays. 

Meet other parents and carers, share stories and listen to the occasional speaker, in a friendly inclusive environment. Aspergers Victoria volunteers with shared experience run all meetings and will welcome new attendees.   

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 19 Dec 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood 3147
    Register

    AS Adults Social NIght

    From 6.30pm BBQ and ~8pm Games Night


    Come and join with like-minded Aspergers adults, to take advantage of a 5th Thursday in the month of May, for an extra social night just to enjoy each other's company, over a few board games and a Bar-Be-Que.

    Cost::  Please pay $10 AV Members, or $15 Non-Member 1st Time Attendees online with your registration.  Includes a simple BBQ dinner of sausages and bread and covers admin costs for this extra event. Indicate any dietary intolerances/allergies in your registration form.  

    This group is for our older Adult peer group attendees.  It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults may still attend if they wish to.  (Young adults may prefer to attend the other younger adult meetings: see our event list).

    This Group is for Aspergers Victoria members. The usual monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month across each year. When there is a 5th Thursday in the month, we usually hold an additional social night, such as this meeting. If you are not a member you can come for one session as a guest to try and see if the group suits your needs.  After that we ask you to join us a a member here, to continue attending and enjoy member prices (on events with a cost) as well as other member value and benefits as part of our community. 

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please NoteIf you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please email admin@aspergersvic.org.au 

    Contact Details:  Colin Pickthall asadults@aspergersvic.org.au

    Getting There:  Plenty parking in the area, or take the train to Homesglen station and walk about 6 minutes to the venue. 

Previous Group Meetings

9 Dec 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
6 Dec 2019 Teens Meetup: Gift making, Pizza & Board Games Night
6 Dec 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
5 Dec 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
5 Dec 2019 Volunteers & Staff End of Year Celebration Dinner
28 Nov 2019 Young Adults Hub
22 Nov 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
21 Nov 2019 Adults Meet-Up
17 Nov 2019 Annual General Meeting & Celebration
16 Nov 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
15 Nov 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
11 Nov 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
7 Nov 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
1 Nov 2019 Teens Meetup: Indoor Rock Climbing Night
31 Oct 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
27 Oct 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group - Term 4 2019
25 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
24 Oct 2019 Young Adults Meetup
19 Oct 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
18 Oct 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
17 Oct 2019 Adults Meet-Up
14 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
8 Oct 2019 Adults & Young Adults Melbourne Observatory Social Night
4 Oct 2019 Teens Meetup: Drumming Workshop & Games Night
3 Oct 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
29 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
26 Sep 2019 Young Adults Hub
21 Sep 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
20 Sep 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
19 Sep 2019 Adults Meet-Up
17 Sep 2019 Develop Your Social Skills Toolkit -Young Adults Module 1
15 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
11 Sep 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
6 Sep 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
6 Sep 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
5 Sep 2019 Partners Meet-Up
1 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
29 Aug 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
23 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
22 Aug 2019 Young Adults Hub
18 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
17 Aug 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
16 Aug 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
15 Aug 2019 Adult Meet-Up
14 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
4 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
2 Aug 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
2 Aug 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
1 Aug 2019 Partners Meet-Up
26 Jul 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
25 Jul 2019 Young Adults Hub
21 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
20 Jul 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
19 Jul 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
18 Jul 2019 Adult Meet-Up
7 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
4 Jul 2019 Partners Meet-Up
28 Jun 2019 Teens Hub
28 Jun 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
27 Jun 2019 Young Adults Hub
23 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
21 Jun 2019 Social Butterflies Gathering
20 Jun 2019 Adult Meet-Up
15 Jun 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
9 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
7 Jun 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
6 Jun 2019 Partners Meet-Up
30 May 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
26 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
24 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
24 May 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
23 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
18 May 2019 Womens Group
16 May 2019 AS Adults Group Meeting
12 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons
10 May 2019 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
3 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
3 May 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
2 May 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
2 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
27 Apr 2019 Gener8 (meet-up group for 25 to 45 year olds)
26 Apr 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
20 Apr 2019 Womens Group
18 Apr 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
5 Apr 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
4 Apr 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
28 Mar 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
22 Mar 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
22 Mar 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
21 Mar 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
16 Mar 2019 Womens Group
7 Mar 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
1 Mar 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
28 Feb 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
22 Feb 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
22 Feb 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
21 Feb 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
16 Feb 2019 Womens Group
15 Feb 2019 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
7 Feb 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
1 Feb 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
7 Dec 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
6 Dec 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
29 Nov 2018 AS Adults End of Year Social Group Meeting
23 Nov 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
23 Nov 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
22 Nov 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
21 Nov 2018 Annual General Meeting & Celebration
19 Nov 2018 AV Adult Women's 20+ Group
16 Nov 2018 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
15 Nov 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
10 Nov 2018 Adults in Their Thirties Social Network
2 Nov 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
1 Nov 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
26 Oct 2018 Teens & Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
26 Oct 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
25 Oct 2018 AV Young Adults Mini Peer Group Meeting
18 Oct 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
12 Oct 2018 Adults in Their Thirties Social Network
4 Oct 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
28 Sep 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
27 Sep 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
20 Sep 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
18 Sep 2018 Jobs for People with Aspergers
14 Sep 2018 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
7 Sep 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
30 Aug 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
24 Aug 2018 Teens Peer Group Meeting
24 Aug 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
23 Aug 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
16 Aug 2018 AS Adults August Social Night
3 Aug 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
2 Aug 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
27 Jul 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
26 Jul 2018 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
19 Jul 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
5 Jul 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
28 Jun 2018 AV Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
22 Jun 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
22 Jun 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
21 Jun 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
7 Jun 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
1 Jun 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
25 May 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
24 May 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
17 May 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
4 May 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
3 May 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
27 Apr 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
26 Apr 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
19 Apr 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
5 Apr 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
23 Mar 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
23 Mar 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
22 Mar 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
15 Mar 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
2 Mar 2018 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
1 Mar 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting
23 Feb 2018 AsperTeens Peer Group Meeting
23 Feb 2018 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
22 Feb 2018 AS Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
15 Feb 2018 AS Adults Peer Group Meeting
1 Feb 2018 Partners Peer Group Meeting

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