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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 13 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 4th 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.

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 the Parents & Carers of Young Adults Group.  

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. 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.


Adults in Their Thirties Social Group

If you are a young Asperger Adult aged approximately 30 - 40 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.


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 2nd Wednesday from February to December, except public holidays.


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 and Southern Melbourne suburbs 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.  We are planning to expand this to online groups as well. 

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood 3147
    Register

    What would you tell your 15 year old self?


    Come along and join us to share our discussion about what you would tell your 15 year old self looking back. This is our first gathering with like-minded Aspergers adults, to celebrate the start of 2019! We also plan to discuss some of our plans for this year. 

    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 and has been meeting up on the 3rd Thursday of each month across each year for some time. If you are not a member you can come for one session and pay more - or join here and enjoy our member price 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. 

    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 456 North Rd, Ormond Vic 3204 (Upstairs)
    Register

    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group


    This group is a place for Parents, Grandparents and Carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism) to meet, share their experiences and support each other. 

    We have a range of parents who attend, who have children of varying ages from toddlers through to young adults. The group is structured/facilitated to allow opportunity for all attendees to talk if they wish. 

    Discussion Topic:

    We will go around the table as usual and encourage new people to tell us their story,

    Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    The building lies on North Rd, between Wheatley Rd & Queen St. Parking is available in these streets. Please do not park in the driveway as it is for the office workers only. Come straight in, up the stairs & you'll find us.

    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Caulfield Park Bowling Club, 280 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield Vic 3161
    • 28
    Register

    Barefoot /Socks Lawn Bowls Night

       

    Our most popular teen activity is coming up in February. Don't miss our barefoot bowls (with socks if you prefer) at Caulfield Park Bowling Club. Lessons are provided before we begin, so there's no need to worry if you haven't played lawn bowls before!


    For those who aren’t interested in bowling we will have other games to play. Come and join our teens for a night of fun.  


    This is also a great time for parents to catchup about whats happening and useful tips in our Aspergers world. 

    Costs:  $25 for AV Members, $35 Non-Members. Includes a BBQ dinner.  Drinks are available from the bar (at bar prices)

    Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  on Friday, 22nd February, 2019

    Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new families. All group leaders have a Working With Children Check.  Refer to our Groups page for more information. 

    Our Teen group peer leaders are very encouraging and welcoming with their peers. Please introduce any new teens to our Leaders on the night. 

    This group is for Aspergers Victoria members. If you are not a member you can come try the group and then join Aspergers Victoria at https://aspergersvic.org.au/join-us

    Please Note:  A parent or carer must stay at the venue.  

    Getting There: If driving, there is free parking at the venue. Or if taking public transport, the tram and train are nearby, e.g. the No 16 Tram takes you to Balaclava Rd/Hawthorn Rd and it is an approximately 4 minute walk from there. 

    Contact Details:    Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au  0412 113 105. Or for booking/payment queries write to Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Caulfield Park Bowling Club, 280 Balaclava Rd Caulfield
    • 56
    Register

    Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Bare Foot / Socks Lawn Bowls Night


    Join the Young Adults group for a fun start to 2019!  Meet like-minded peers over a few games of lawn bowls at Caulfield Park Bowling Club. Lessons are provided before we start bowling, so don't worry if you have never played lawn bowls before!

    • This event is for Young Adults who are between the ages of 18-35 years.  
    • This is a parent/carer-free zone. 
    • New attendees will be made to feel comfortable and welcome by our peer leaders so please let us know if you are new. 

      Cost:  $25 for AV Members, $35 for Non-Members. Includes bowls and a bbq dinner. Drinks are available from the bar (at bar prices). Please indicate any dietary requirements in your registration form. 

      What Happens on the Night? Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run the meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new).  This night will involve bowling in teams. If you don't like barefoot you can use socks. There will also be a short lesson in how to bowl - more details and schedule to come.  

      This group is for Aspergers Victoria members. However you are welcome to attend one meeting to try before joining. 

      Getting There:  If driving, there is free parking at the venue.  Or if taking public tranport, the tram and train is nearby, e.g the No 16 tram takes you to Balaclava Rd/Hawthorn Rd and it is an approximately 4 minute walk from there. 

      This page is for booking places to this event only.

      Contact Details:  For booking or payment inquiries - write to Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au or Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au 0412 113 105.

    Previous Group Meetings

    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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