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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

    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Yarra Bend Golf Course, Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield 3078
    • 33
    Register

     Teens Group Mini Golf Night

       

    Come join AV for a fun round of Mini Golf and a sausage sizzle at Yarra Bend Golf Course.  See below under "getting there" for details about location. This is a very tranquil setting!

    There are two 18 hole mini golf courses for you to play, the East Course is the easier of the two.  It will take approximately 45 to 60 mins in groups of 4 to finish playing a round of 18 holes. You are welcome to play both courses.  All equipment provided. Then enjoy a sausage sizzle and a chat with other teens. 

    Parents can sit on decked area overlooking the mini golf courses and enjoy the company of the other parents

    For those who aren’t interested in the mini golf we will have other games to play.  

    Costs:  $17 for AV Members, $25 Non-Members. Includes a BBQ sausage sizzle dinner (gluten free and vegetarian options provided) and equipment for mini golf.  Drinks available to purchase at the bar.

    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: There is ample parking and the course is at the end of Yarra Bend Rd in Fairfield - just minutes away from Melbourne CBD. Vehicle access is from Heidelberg Rd.  There is no address number but the mini golf course is clearly sign posted on Yarra Bend Rd. 

    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 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave Ashwood Vic 3147
    • 48
    Register

    Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

    Social Night


    Come and join the Young Adults social group’s house warming for our new location.  Aspergers Victoria have moved from the Nerve Centre (because it is being sold) and is now house sharing at the Power Neighbourhood House until Aspergers Victoria can find a larger and more suitable permanent location. 

    \We will be having a Sausage Sizzle, nibbles, drinks, games, music and lots of fun.

    • 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:  $5 for AV Members, $10 for Non-Members. Includes a bbq dinner and drinks (water & soft drinks only). Gluten free and vegan options provided.  

      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).  .  Nibbles will be available on arrival. You can join in whatever game or conversation takes your interest. Then the bbq will be provided and more games, drinks and music to follow!

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

      Getting There:  If driving, parking is easy.  On public transport, take the Glen Waverley line train to Holmesglen Railway Station (0.70 km away) or Jordanville Railway station (1.30 km away). 

      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.

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

      Partners Peer Group Meeting


      This month we have our first meeting at our new home at Power Neighbourhood House in Ashwood.  

      Our AV Partners Support Group Meetings are for adults who have (or have had) partners with Aspergers or 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. 

      Getting There:  If driving, free parking is available in surrounding streets.  By Public Trasport:  Take the train to Homesglen station and walk about 6 minutes to the venue. There is also a route 624 Oakleigh bus that stops right out the front of the house.  

      For more information please contact partners@aspergersvic.org.au or our groups assistant at admin@aspergersvic.org.au
      • 5 Apr 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Salvation Army hall, rear of 45-53 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood Vic 3134
      Register

      Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting


      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. 

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

      AS Adults Meet Up Group


      Come and join with like-minded Aspergers adults, for our regular monthly discussion meeting. This month we wll be discussing the following topic:  To be confirmed

      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. 

      • 20 Apr 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood Vic 3147
      Register

      Womens Group 


      Meet other Aspergers women for a cuppa and a chat, gain insights and to share your experiences in a friendly, inclusive environment. Age is no limit!

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

      Contact Details:  Gayle Vermont groups@aspergersvic.org.au 0412 113 105

      Getting There:  If driving, free parking is available on site or in surrounding streets.  By Public Trasport:  Take the Glen Waveryley line train to Homeglen, or various bus routes service the station. Power Neighbourhood House is approximately a 6 minute walk from the station. 

      • 25 Apr 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave Ashwood Vic 3147
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      Young Adults Peer Group Meeting 

      Glow Mini Golf Night


      Come and join the Young Adults social group for a fun night of mini golf at GlowGolf Docklands.  See below for more location information. We will be having mini golf, nibbles, drinks, games, music and lots of fun.

      Cost: TBA for AV Members, TBA for Non-Members. Includes TBA.  Please pay prior to attending with your registration. No cash on the night please, registration is open until the day of the event.

      \We will be having a Sausage Sizzle, nibbles, drinks, games, music and lots of fun.

      • 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:  $5 for AV Members, $10 for Non-Members. Includes a bbq dinner and drinks (water & soft drinks only). Gluten free and vegan options provided.  

        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).  .  Nibbles will be available on arrival. You can join in whatever game or conversation takes your interest. Then the bbq will be provided and more games, drinks and music to follow!

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

        Getting There:  GlowGolf is located at Shop NW F05 First Floor, 35 Star Cres, Docklands, in The District Docklands Shopping Centre.  It is Opposite Artvo and next door to Dialogue in the Dark  If driving, paid car parks can be found in the area (allow extra time)  On public transport, take a train to the city e.g. Southern Cross (Marvel Stadium exit)  then a tram down to the District Docklands Shopping Centre. Depending on the tram taken will decide which station to jump off at!   

        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.

        • 26 Apr 2019
        • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Bounce Trampoline Park, 22 Joseph St, Blackburn North Vic 3130
        • 50

         Teens Group Bounce Trampoline Night

           

        Come join AV for our Teens group meeting for some serious trampolining fun at Bounce Blackburn North 

        Parents can enjoy the company of the other parents in the cafe areas upstairs overlooking the trampoline area below.  Non-jumpers are still allowed in the jumping area.   

        For those who aren’t sure about trampolining, they may still wander through with the group to watch others hone their skills, or strike up a board game in the upstairs cafe area (we will bring a few games).  

        Costs:  TBC AV Members, TBC Non-Members. Includes: TBC.

        Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  on Friday, 26th April, 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: Joseph St is located very close to the Middleborough Rd exit of the Eastern Freeway.  Parking is available both underneath the venue and in surrounding streets.  If taking public transport, buses service the area, e.g. the Route 906 bus.  

        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

      Previous Group Meetings

      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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