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Are you or have you been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile? Then our Partners Group may be what you're looking for! 

Who is this group for?

Our Partners Group is for adults who are or have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile. Your partner may have a diagnosis, be seeking a diagnosis, or be undiagnosed. We are inclusive of all relationship types and all cohabitation situations, and we welcome partners of all genders. If you (as well as your partner) have Aspergers, are autistic, or have another similar neurodivergent profile, you are also welcome to join.

When and were does this group meet?

The Partners Group meets monthly. We meet online on the first Thursday of each month, and where possible, we have a second meeting on the second Thursday of each month at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Our online meetings are held via Zoom.

As COVID is continuing to affect all of AV's group meetings, please check the calendar below to find out if our next meeting is online via Zoom or in person.

What are group meetings like?

Our Partners Group, facilitated by our Partners Group Leader, is an informal discussion group. The Group Leader and Group Assistant, with input from attendees, set a discussion topic each month for the group to chat about. We occasionally invite guest speakers to provide expert advice on particular topics. Past topics include self care, the diagnosis journey, and a guest speaker on reflexology.

You are welcome to join in the discussion or to listen to others as you feel comfortable. In Zoom meetings, you are welcome to have your video and microphone on or off as you feel comfortable, and you can also communicate via the Zoom chat function.

How can I register for the next group meeting?

The next group meeting is listed in the calendar below. If you would like to attend, please click “Register” on the left side and enter your details. If you are joining an AV group meeting for the first time, we invite you to register for a free first-time attendee ticket: please contact our AV admin team to request access code.

If the next meeting date is not yet visible below, we invite you to add your name to the AV mailing list by following the steps below and we will contact you when registrations open.

Join the AV Mailing List

If you're interested in receiving emails from AV about this group including upcoming meeting announcements, please add your name to our AV mailing list. Visit the Join our AV Mailing List page, enter your first name and your email address, and make sure you tick "Peer Support Groups - Partners" as an area of interest, as well as any other topics you're interested in, and we'll include you in future emails.

If you would like more information about this group, please contact the Partners Group Leader.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East
    • 13

    Partners Group: December

    - in person 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.

    For the last gathering of the year, we're going to the Pancake Parlour in Malvern for a group dinner.

    This session is facilitated by our Partners Group Leaders. All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees.

    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

    Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East

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    Transport: Buses 623, 624, 767 903 stops approx. 250m. On-site undercover parking.

    Accessibility: accessible parking, ramp access, accessible toilet.

    We have reserved seating for up to 20 people. 
    You will be able to order from the full menu (including savoury, sweet and vegan options) and pay individually at the bar as you order.

    There is no minimum spend requirement.

    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. 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.

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