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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 or listen to the occasional speaker in a friendly and inclusive environment.  Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and will welcome new attendees.

Peer groups are often the first port of call for new members - a place where you can meet others, listen, learn and share stories about your journey with Aspergers, amongst others who understand.  Volunteers with lived experience run all groups. The philosophy of AV peer support groups is to provide a friendly, supportive environment, where everyone can share their life experiences, challenges and insights. The group meetings are a significant part of what we do - you're sure to find a group here that matches your situation, and meets your needs.

 *Please note these groups are for Aspergers Victoria members only, however you are very welcome to attend a meeting before joining.

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Aspergers Victoria Groups Value:

  • 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.

Peer support group meetings are conducted for the purpose of providing connection, information and support to our members.  Agendas, activities and guest speakers are often extensively planned well in advance.  Any promotion of members’ ventures and other (non AV) items of interest are 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

Note: 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 or necessarily deliver quality support to AV standards. 

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


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. 

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 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.

Please note that 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.


Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
    Registration is closed

    Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 21st June, 2018

    Come along and join us for a relaxing get together with like-minded adults discussing topics of interest.

    This event is for Adults Peer Group attendees only.  It may be most 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 Young Adults meetings for those aged 18-35 years).

    Time:  7:30 - 9:30 pm - Doors open for registration at 7:30pm and close at 10 pm.
     Topic:  To be advised

    Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and welcome new attendees. 

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

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • Bookings close at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 20th June, 2018.
    • If you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please email admin@aspergersvic.org.au 

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

    Getting There:  The Nerve Centre is located near the Blackburn Railway station.  Approx 5 minutes walk. There is also plenty of car parking, in nearby streets and in the Nerve Centre car park in the evenings. 

    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 456 North Rd, Ormond Vic 3204 (Upstairs)
    Register

    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group Morning

    Friday 22nd June, 10 A.M.


    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. 

    Some months are focused on a topic of interest. 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 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
    • 19
    Register

    ASPERTEENS BOARD GAMES NIGHT

    Friday, 22nd June 2018, 7 pm


    Come join our popular monthly Teens group, for secondary students aged between 13 to 18 years.

    Meet Aspergers peers during a relaxed night of board games, assisted by our trained peer mentors, while parents and carers get to catch up nearby. 

    Our young adult leaders Callan, Sunny, Veronica, Shadia and Ellen encourage the new teens on the night,  while our parent leaders support and welcome everyone to the group. Please don't forget to register/sign-in on arrival. Parents need to remain at the venue just in a different area. 

    Costs:   Free (to members of Aspergers Victoria)


    Time:
     
    7:00 - 9:00 pm - Doors open for registration at 6:50 pm 


    Activity for Teens:

    Board Games 

    What to Bring:  
    A favourite board game, if your teen has one. We also provide some. The Teens usually play and chat. 


    Discussion Topic for Parents:

    • To be advised

    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 attendees should be able function independently in the group setting, with no carers in the Teen group.  Our Teen group and 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 only. If you are not a member you can come try one event and then join Aspergers Victoria at www.aspergersvic.org.au/membership-request.  

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • A parent or carer is required to stay and is responsible for their teens/children at the venue. You can join our parent peer group who enjoy catching up on your month in another area nearby
    • We welcome volunteer helpers with our services. Please contact Emma if you would like to help and if you are unable, we would welcome a tax deductible donation to support further training of our peer leaders and other volunteers

    Please note:   Bookings close at 7 pm on Thursday 21st June.

    Getting There:   The Nerve Centre is the MS Australia building. There is free car parking outside the venue and in surrounding streets.  If taking public transport, take the Lilydale or Belgrave line train to Blackburn Station.

    Contact Details:    Emma H., Administration Assistant  teens@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 7:10 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Ms Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Rd, Blackburn Vic 3130
    • 31
    Registration is closed

    Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 28th June,  2018

    Board Games Night


    Come along and join us for a relaxing get together with like-minded young adults for a few board games.  New attendees will be made to feel welcome by our peer leaders. 

    • This event is for Young Adults Peer Group attendees only, who are between the ages of 18-35 years (18 yr olds must be no longer attending secondary school).  
    • It is fine for parent/friend to drop off attendees, however only the Young Adult is allowed in to the meeting room, it is a parent/carer-free zone.   New attendees will be made to feel comfortable and welcome by our peer leaders and build their independence. 
    Time:  7:30 - 9:30 pm - Doors open for registration at 7:10 pm and close    at 10 pm.

     
    Activity

     Board Games Night

     
    What to Bring:

     Your favourite board game (if you have one!)

    What Happens on the Night?

    • Attendees arrive and check in at the door.  Doors will be open from 7.10 pm.
    • Aspergers Victoria young adult volunteers (usually 6) with lived experience run the all meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new).  
    • At 7.30 the group will decide who wants to play what game and start playing.  
    • At around 9 p.m., the group will finish up their games and come together for some refreshments (e.g. cup of tea/coffee/water and biscuits).
    • Around 9:30 p.m. the meeting packs up and everyone heads home soon after. 

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

    Getting There:  If driving, free parking is available on site or in surrounding streets.  By Public Trasport:  Take the Lilydale or Belgrave line train to Blackburn, or various bus routes service the station. The Nerve Centre is a few minutes walk up Chapel Street (Blackburn Rd) to corner of Station St/Blackburn Rd. 

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • Bookings close at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 27th June
    • If you have any further queries about the booking procedures or have missed the booking deadline, please contact us on email address below.

    Contact Details:  Young Adults Team youngadults@aspergersvic.org.au

    • 5 Jul 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Eastern Suburbs

    Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

    These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

    The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

    If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

     


    • 2 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Eastern Suburbs

    Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

    These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

    The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

    If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

     


    • 3 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
    Register

    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. 

    Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    • 6 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Eastern Suburbs

    Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

    These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

    The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

    If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

     


    • 7 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
    Register

    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. 

    Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    • 4 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Eastern Suburbs

    Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

    These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

    The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

    If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

     


    • 1 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Eastern Suburbs

    Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners on the autism spectrum.  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. 

    These meetings allow us to share experiences, offer peer support & gain information.

    The group also often organises enjoyable in-house activities. 

    If you are interested in attending this group, please contact the leader to find out more at partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au

     


    • 2 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
    Register

    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. 

    Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    • 7 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
    • 50
    Register

    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. 

    Some months are focused on a topic of interest. Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

We rely on donations and memberships to undertake our important work as a volunteer run organisation. Donate now and help us to improve outcomes for people with Aspergers.  All donations are tax deductible.

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