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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.

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.  The philosophy of AV peer support groups is to provide a friendly, strengths based environment, where everyone can share their life experiences, challenges and insights and discover empowering approaches and the benefits of independence. 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.

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 exceeded 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 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. 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

    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
    • 22
    Register

    Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

    Social Dinner at The Pancake Parlour


    Come along and join us for a relaxing social dinner (we've booked the private function room) at The Pancake Parlour Doncaster, with like-minded young adults. 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 join the group for dinner, as 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:  7:30pm  - approximately 9:30 pm. 
    A private function room is booked for us on the ground floor.  Staff will direct you to this area.

     
    Food & Drinks

    Pancake Parlour have a range of menus for you to choose from, including:  sweet, savoury, students, vegan, gluten-free.  Review the Pancake Parlour menus.

     
    What to Bring:


    Money to pay for your food and drinks (correct change may be helpful). Leaders/waiters will explain how ordering/paying will be managed.


    What Happens on the Night?

    • Attendees arrive and check in at the dinner table.  
    • Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run the all meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new). 
    • Enjoy dinner together.

    This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. However you are welcome to attend one meeting to try before joining. We welcome your feedback (you will receive a survey after the event).

    Getting There:  If driving, there is free parking is available at the venue.  The venue is on Doncaster Rd and Bus Route 907 will take you there.  Alternately the venue is about 650m walk from Westfield Doncaster, which is serviced by various other bus routes. 

    This page is for booking places only.

    Please Note

    • Bookings close at 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd August. After this time please email us.
    • 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

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

    0412 113 105.

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

    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group Morning

    Friday 24th August, 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:  Issues with NDIS (guest speaker)

     Preparation:  Please send through questions prior to meeting. This will allow time for researching answers

    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.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Healthways Recreation Centre, 1-11 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North Victoria 3129
    • 30
    Register

    Sensory Sensitive 10 Pin Bowling

    Friday, 24th August 2018, 7 pm


    Come and join AV teens for a fun night ten pin bowling at Healthways Recreation Centre. Mont Albert North. 

    Teens will have the opportunity to bowl as many games as they can fit into a 2 hour space! 

    This is a bargain deal at $25 per teen including Pizza (the usual cost of only 2 games at other bowling alleys).  A maximum of 40 teens can be accommodated so make sure you book your place. 

     Healthway’s bowling centre has been booked for the exclusive use of Aspergers Victoria teens so that AV can ensure that the environment will be sensory sensitive to all teen's needs. In addition a separate quite room with alternative games etc will be made available if teens want to take time out or prefer quiet activities. 

    Parents are expected to accompany their teens and the topic of discussion for parents will be “Teen social skills development - what’s available and what’s needed”.

    Costs:   $25 for members of Aspergers Victoria     $35 non members

    Please make sure that you let us know of your dietary requirements when registering.



    Time:
     
    7:00 - 9:00 pm


    Activity for Teens:
    Unlimited Bowling
    Quiet games in separate space
    Pizza for dinner

    Topic for Parents' discussion
     “Teen social skills development - what’s available and what’s needed”.

    What to Bring:  
    Your best bowling arm and a hungry tummy.

    Make sure you wear socks.

    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. 

    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.

    Please note:   Bookings close at 7 pm on Thursday 23 August, 2018.  Contact us if you wish to book after this time. 

    Getting There:  

    There is plenty of on and off street parking

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

    0412 113 105.

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

    Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Thursday, 30th August, 2018

    ****Note: Group shifted to 5th Thursday for this month only*****


    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:
     T.B.A.

    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 29th August, 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 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. 

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
    Register

    Adults in Their Thirties Social Network

    Social Dinner

    Join the Adults in Their Thirties Social Network for its inaugural event, 

    Dinner at The Pancake Parlour, Doncaster.

    The Adults in Their Thirties Social Network is a new group organised by Aspergers Victoria.

    If you are an adult with Aspergers aged approximately 30 to 40 years old, participating in either the workforce or studying and you are looking to meet like-minded peers, improve your social networks and participate in social activities then this group is for you.

    The group is intended for those who are in the in-between stage of the Young Adults Group and the Adults Group, however participants in the group are still welcome to attend either the Young Adults Group or the Adults Group in addition to participating in the activities organised by this group.


    Come along and join us for our first  relaxing social event (we've booked the private function room) at The Pancake Parlour Doncaster 

      When:

      7:00 pm on Friday, 31 August 2018

      Where:

      The Pancake Parlour, Doncaster

      550 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, Victoria.

      A private function room located on the ground floor has been booked for the event.

      Meet at the venue.

      Getting there:

      Parking is available on site.

      The venue is located along bus route 907 or is approximately 650 metres to walk to from the buses that service Westfield Doncaster.

      Cost:

      Pay for your own food and drinks on the night.

      Click here to view the menu.

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

      Booking:

      Please register your attendance on this page.

      Bookings close at 8:00 pm on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

      What Happens on the Night?

      • Attendees arrive and check in at the dinner table.  
      • Aspergers Victoria volunteers with lived experience run the all meetings and will welcome you and answer any question you may have (especially if you're new). 
      • Enjoy dinner together.
      • We will also seek your input on what you would like to do for future events 

      This group is for Aspergers Victoria members only. However you are welcome to attend one meeting to try before joining. We welcome your feedback (you will receive a survey after the event).


      This page is for booking places only.

      Please Note

      • Bookings close at 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd August. After this time please email us.
      • 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: 

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

      Phillip Kalaitzis Event Co-Ordinator, and Group Leader events@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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    Blackburn, VIC, 3130

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