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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 community environment.  Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run all meetings and will welcome new attendees. Please let them know if you are new.

Peer groups are often the first port of call for new members - a place where you can meet others, listen, learn and share stories. You need to be independently capable to attend our groups, as carers don't participate. 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 builds members’ self-esteem and, confidence and self-empowerment, to determine their own lives independently, including areas of physical and mental health, relationships, employment, finance, housing, special interests and self-reliance. It could be regarded in medical terms as a health program for Aspergers - without being therapised.

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!

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. 

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.


Adults Group

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

Meetings are held in the Eastern suburbs on the 3rd Thursday of each month, February to November 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.


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

    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
    Register

    Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 18th October, 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 30 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 p.m.

     
    Topic:
    "Pitfalls in Communication

    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

    • 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 Pickthall 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. 

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

    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group Morning

    Friday 26th October, 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. 

    Discussion Topic:  To be confirmed

    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.

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Ave, Blackburn Vic 3130
    • 44
    Register

    SELF-ADVOCACY & SPEAKING OUT FOR YOURSELF

    Friday, 26th October 2018, 7 pm


    Would you like to be able to speak up and advocate for what YOU want?

    Then come and join AV teens and Young Adults’ joint meeting to learn all about self-advocacy and speaking out for yourself.  Emily Tester from the YDAS ‘Map Your Future’ program will help you think about:

    • what is happening for you at the moment,
    • what you want and
    • how you can advocate for yourself,
    • how you can speak out to make it happen and
    • where to get the supports you need to achieve your goals.

    Don’t miss this joint meeting between the Teens and Young Adults to learn to become your own advocate and to speak up for your self!!!!! 

    Emily Tester is from YDAS’ Map Your Future  a state wide advocacy service for youth 18-25 years of age.  ‘Map Your Future’ is a trial program run by YADS for teens and young adults to learn to speak out and advocate for yourself. 

    This month's combined meeting is for: teens and yound adults aged between 13 to  35 years, assisted by our peer mentors, while parents and carers get to catch up nearby. .

    Our male and female young adult leaders encourage the new people on the night,  while our parent leaders support and welcome everyone to the group. Please don't forget to sign-in on arrival. Teen parents (up to 18 years) need to remain at the venue, just in a different area. 

    Costs:   Free (to members of Aspergers Victoria, or first-time attendees)


    Time:
     
    7:00 - 9:00 pm

    Activity for Teens:
    • Your thoughts about the self-advocacy prompting questions above
    What to Bring:
    • Yourself


    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. 

    Attendees  should be able function independently in the group setting, with no carers in the Teen/Young adult group (teen parents still stay on premises).  Our 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 the group and then join Aspergers Victoria at https://aspergersvic.org.au/join-us

    Please Note

    • A parent or carer is required to stay on the premises.  You are invited to join the other parents to catch up on your month in another area nearby.
    • We would welcome a tax deductible donation to support further training of our peer leaders and other volunteers.

    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:    Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au or 

    0412 113 105 or admin@aspergrsvic.org.au for Emma H. for booking/membership questions.

    • 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1) 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. 

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130
    Register

    Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 15th November, 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 30 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 p.m.

     
    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

    • 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 Pickthall 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. 

    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Avenue, Blackburn Vic 3130

    Adults End of Year Social Night 

    Thursday, 29th November, 2018

    7.30pm - 9:30pm


    Come along and join us for a social get together and snacks with like-minded adults, to celebrate nearing the end of 2018! This will be our last gathering for the year

    This event is for existing Adults Peer Group attendees only.  It may be most suitable for those who are aged 30 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).

    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

    • 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 Pickthall 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. 

Previous Group Meetings

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

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