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If you or someone a partner or a family member has Aspergers, is autistic, or has another similar neurodivergent profile, you may be interested in joining one of our Peer Support Groups.


AV's peer support groups are a great place to meet others who share your experience of Aspergers or autism, to exchange advice, or to just escape from the outside world into a space where you know that the others in the group understand what you're going through. Peer support groups are often the first option we suggest to people contacting AV for the first time, as this often helps the person to find a few contacts and to experience that feeling of realising that you have a community of support available.


Who runs AV Peer Support Groups?

All of our peer support groups are run by volunteers who are peers of their group - they share their group attendees' perspective and experience of Aspergers or autism. Group leaders and attendees may also have experience of another peer support group, for example having Aspergers or being autistic, as well as being a parent of a neurodivergent young person. All AV volunteers hold valid Working With Children Checks.


Who can attend?

AV peer support groups are open to AV members as well as non-members. New attendees are always welcome at all of our peer support group meetings, and we invite all first-time attendees to register for free! If you would like to try out an AV Peer Support Group, please contact our AV Admin Team - let us know which group you would like to try out and we will send you the code to register for free! AV peer support groups are open to peers at all stages of the diagnosis journey, including self-identified.


Please note that our peer support groups are for peers only and attendees do need to be able to participate independently. We invite partners, parents and carers to attend their own peer support groups. For our Teens Group, as the attendees are under 18 years, a parent or carer must attend each event with their teen. Please visit the Teens Group page for more information.


How can I register?

When you have found a peer group meeting in the calendar below which suits your needs, just click on the "Register" link on the left! This will take you through the registration process.

If you have any questions about this process or need more information, please contact our AV Admin Team.



    Meeting schedule

    Updated: January 2022

    We understand that many within our community are keen to return to in-person gatherings as soon as possible. The health and safety of our team and of our community is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Melbourne and continuing to communicate with our Group Leaders and venues as we work towards regularly returning to in-person peer group meetings.


    Please check the peer group meeting calendar below to find out if our next meeting is online via Zoom or in person.

    Aspergers Victoria Group Values and Approach:

    • A Positive Strengths 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 outside 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 Peer Volunteers are NOT counsellors or therapists and cannot provide support for mental health issues.  

    AV’s Commitment to Child Safety

    Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. All adults are required to manage & report on child safety under our laws. AV has adopted the Victorian Child Safe Standards and the 10 National Principles for Child Safe Standards.  If you feel unsafe or if you know someone who feels unsafe, please REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to an AV team member or authorities.

    OUR PEER MEETINGS 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 extend or enjoy strengths, and ways to manage challenges 

    Ultimately our gatherings 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.



    AV Peer support groups

    Upcoming Peer Group Meetings

      • 8 Feb 2023
      • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      Register


      Parents & Carers Group: February

      - online meeting


      About the Parents & Carers Group

      This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents and carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults to meet, chat, exchange ideas and find support.

      Note: from 2023, due to changes in our volunteer team's availability, this group meeting date has been moved to the second Wednesday evening of each month. The start and end time will remain the same.


      About our Group Leaders

      Our Parents & Carers Group Leaders are Toni, Jenny, and Sue.

      All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


      Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

      Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

      Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

      If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


      Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

      For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting.

      NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


      Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


      For assistance or more information

      • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

      • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

      • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

      • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


      AV Privacy Policy

      AV Event Terms & Conditions

        • 16 Feb 2023
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
        • 9
        Register


        Adults Group: February

        - in person meeting


        About the Adults Group

        Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

        As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


        About our Group Leaders

        This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


        Cost: $10 for AV members, $15 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees

        Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

        Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs, and to support the work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.


        If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


        Venue information

        Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

        Power Neighbourhood House website

        Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

        Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

        Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


        Anyone wanting to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

        In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

        NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10. Please note that first-time attendee tickets must be requested before the meeting and are not available at the door.


        Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.
        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


        AV Privacy Policy

        AV Event T&Cs

        • 21 Feb 2023
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register


        Adults Group: February

        - online meeting


        About the Adults Group

        Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

        As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.

        This meeting will be online via Zoom. We have included more information about Zoom and how to access the meeting below.


        About our Group Leaders

        This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin.

        All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


        Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

        Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

        Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

        If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For online events, you need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

        Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


        Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


        AV Privacy Policy

        AV Event T&Cs

        • 23 Feb 2023
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
        • 4
        Register


        Young Adults Group: February

        - in person meeting


        About the Young Adults Group

        Our Young Adults Group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


        In February, we are returning to Power Neighbourhood House for a barbecue. Please add your dietary requirements in the registration form.


        This activity is likely to be fully booked with a long waiting list. We're very much looking forward to seeing everyone, however if something comes up and you can no longer attend, please make sure you cancel your registration so someone else can attend.


        About our Group Leaders

        The session is facilitated by the Young Adults Group team:

        • Matthew - YA Group Leader
        • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
        • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors

        All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


        Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

        Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

        Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community. If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


        Venue Information

        Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

        Power Neighbourhood House website

        Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

        Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

        Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

        In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

        NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


        Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


        AV Privacy Policy

        AV Event T&Cs

        • 2 Mar 2023
        • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        Partners Group: March

        - online meeting


        About our Partners Group

        Join our Partners Peer Support Group to meet other adults who are or who have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or has a similar neurodivergent profile. Sharing experiences within the safe environment of our peer support meetings can be a lifeline, and sharing with people who have similar lived experience is validating and often educational. Your partner may be self-diagnosed or have a formal diagnosis, and you may share a household or live separately. We are an inclusive group and welcome partners of all genders and relationship types.


        This session is facilitated by our Partners Group Leaders. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees.


        Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members.

        Registration is FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees. How to access a free first-time attendee ticket for regular peer support groups.

        Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the wonderful work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.

        If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team

        Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

        For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link.

        Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


        Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.
        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only for an hour before the activity and for the first hour of the activity.
        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


          AV Privacy Policy

          AV Event Terms & Conditions



          • 4 Mar 2023
          • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register



          Women & Non-Binary Folk Group: March

          - online meeting


          About our Group

          Our Women's & Non-Binary Group is a great place to connect with other Aspergers autistic women (cis and trans) and non-binary folk to chat about your experiences, share ideas, exchange advice, and support each other. You are also welcome to attend our Adults Group or our Young Adults Group, or all three!


          This session is facilitated by our Women's & NB Group Leader.

          All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


          Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees.

          Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

          Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team do for our community.

          If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


          Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

          For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

          First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting. Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


          Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only for an hour before the activity and for the first hour of the activity.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


              AV Privacy Policy

              AV Event T&Cs

              • 8 Mar 2023
              • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
              • Online via Zoom
              Register


              Parents & Carers Group: March

              - online meeting


              About the Parents & Carers Group

              This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents and carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults to meet, chat, exchange ideas and find support.

              Note: from 2023, due to changes in our volunteer team's availability, this group meeting date has been moved to the second Wednesday evening of each month. The start and end time will remain the same.


              About our Group Leaders

              Our Parents & Carers Group Leaders are Toni, Jenny, and Sue.

              All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


              Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

              Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

              Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

              If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


              Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

              For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting.

              NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


              Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


              For assistance or more information

              • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

              • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

              • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only for an hour before the activity start time and for the first hour of the activity.

              • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


              AV Privacy Policy

              AV Event Terms & Conditions

                • 16 Mar 2023
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
                • 22
                Register


                Adults Group: March

                - in person meeting


                About the Adults Group

                Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

                As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


                As Colin is on holiday for a few weeks in March, our Young Adults Group Leader, Matthew, will be facilitating the Adults Group activities for March.


                About our Group Leaders

                All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $10 for AV members, $15 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees

                Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs, and to support the work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.


                If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


                Venue information


                Anyone wanting to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

                In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

                NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10. Please note that first-time attendee tickets must be requested before the meeting and are not available at the door.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.
                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only for an hour before the activity and for the first hour of the activity.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


                AV Privacy Policy

                AV Event T&Cs

                • 21 Mar 2023
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Online via Zoom
                Register


                Adults Group: March

                - online meeting


                About the Adults Group

                Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

                As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.

                This meeting will be online via Zoom. We have included more information about Zoom and how to access the meeting below.


                As Colin is on holiday for a few weeks in March, our Young Adults Group Leader, Matthew, will be facilitating the Adults Group activities for March.


                About our Group Leaders

                All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

                Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

                If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


                Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For online events, you need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

                Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


                AV Privacy Policy

                AV Event T&Cs

                • 23 Mar 2023
                • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
                • Online via Zoom
                Register



                Young Adults Group: March

                - online meeting


                About our Group

                Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


                The session is facilitated by the Young Adult team:

                • Matthew - YA Group Leader
                • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
                • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors


                All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV volunteers have a Working with Children Check.


                Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

                Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

                Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

                If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


                Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

                For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting. 

                NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


                Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


                For assistance or more information

                • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

                • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

                • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

                • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


                AV Privacy Policy

                AV Event T&Cs

              AV Peer Support Groups - Disclaimer:

              AV Peer Support Groups are not able to provide professional advice, therapy, medical advice, counselling, crisis management or case management. Our volunteer group leaders are volunteer peers: they are not mental health professionals and they are not qualified to provide crisis support or to fill the role of carer for any attendees. Attendees requiring a carer or support worker present may need to re-assess suitability before attending.  If you are looking for mental health crisis support, please visit our Professionals Directory  or browse our list of organisations offering crisis support.

              AV has become aware of groups using the AV logo or name to promote 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 above. They will not be covered by our insurance, they will not have AV Group Leader training and we cannot confirm that the quality of support they deliver fits within AV standards.


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