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Join our Partners Support Group Meetings, to meet other 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 organizes that occasional in-house enjoyable activity, speaker, or a social outing.  

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 Groups Co-ordinator if you have any questions, or register for a session from the groups calendar below (or the events page).

Please note that 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.


Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 8 Dec 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood Vic 3147
    • 7
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    Dungeons & Dragons Group Term 4 2019

    ***Note: New Start Time 1 pm***


    Aspergers Victoria and Power Neighbourhood House invite you to come and play Dungeons & Dragons! 

    This group will now meet fortnightly on Sunday afternoons. Please register separately for each session you wish to attend.

    Time:  1 pm to 4 pm at Power Neigihbourhood House.  

    This group was initiated after a successful D&D event last November and with the will from the existing teens group run by our new friends at Power Neighbourhood House, as a space where fans of D&D can play in a friendly environment with others who share their passion.  

    Costs:   AV / PNH Members $20 ($5 x 4 sessions) Non-Members $40 ($10 x 4 sessions).  AV/PNH members will be given priority as spaces are limited. 

    How to Pay:  Please register and pay prior to attending as it helps us anticipate numbers for set up and volunteer support required. No cash on the day please.

    Aspergers Victoria and Power Neighbourhood House volunteers with lived experience wil run the sessions and welcome new families. All AV volunteers have a Working With Children Check.  Refer to our Groups page for more information. 

    Attendees should be independent in a group setting, with no carers in the game group.  Our peer leaders are very encouraging and welcoming with their peers.. 

    If you wish to join join Aspergers Victoria please go to our secure website athttps://aspergersvic.org.au/join-us

    Please Note: For those aged under 18 years, a parent or carer is required to stay on the premises.  You are invited to join any other parents in another area of the house nearby.

    We would welcome a tax deductible donation to support further training of our peer leaders and other volunteers.

    Getting There:   There is street parking or parking at Power Neighbourhood House car park is also fine. The venue is approximately 10 minutes' walk from Homeglen station, which is serviced by the Glen Waverley line and various bus e.g 903.. 

    Contact Details:    Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au on 0412 113 105 or Carol at Power Neighbourhood House 0432 150 799. Or Emma for booking/membership inquiries a admin@aspergersvic.org.au

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

    Adults Meet-Up

    "Surviving the Christmas Social Circus"


    Come and join with like-minded Aspergers adults, for our monthly discussion meeting. This month topic is:  Topic: Surviving the Christmas Social Circus. With the end of the year coming up, Christmas holidays, family and work gatherings, and changed routines, we face increased demands on our social skills at the very time that our regular routines face disruption. In the discussion, we will share ideas to manage the social demands, the loss of regular routines, and the unexpected surprises that can turn up during the Christmas - New Year period.

    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 Holmesglen station and walk about 6 minutes to the venue. 

    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis St, Hampton Vic 3188
    Register

    Southern Group Parents & Carers Peer Group

    Guest Speaker: Dr Bill Patterson, Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist


    This month we have Bill Patterson coming to talk to us.  Dr Bill is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist who works with individuals and groups using Mindfulness Based Hypnotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Ericksonian approaches that offer a resolution to underlying causes of problems, often hidden from conscious awareness.  As well as his clinical practice in Toorak, Melbourne, he has had over 25 years experience conducting workshops for both corporate and personal development and has worked with thousands of participants in transforming personal growth. 

    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. Meetings are now held at a new venue:  Hampton Community Centre.

    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:

    Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of Dr Bill Patterson

    Cost:  $5 AV Members, or $10 for Non-Members. Please pay on registration as payment on the night puts unnecessary stress and overhead on our volunteers. 

    Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

    Getting There:  Enter via the front door. By car: There is parking in the car park at the back of the community centre as well as in surrounding streets.  By Public Transport:  Hampton Station (Sandringham Line) is very close and there is also a bus service that stops nearby.

    • 28 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave Ashwood Vic 3147
    • 58
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    Young Adults Hub: BBQ, Table tennis, board games or toasting marshmallows around the fire


    Come and join us for a casual night of fun. We will keep warm around an outside fire, toasting marshmallows, listening to music, and enjoying a chat together. Test your skill at table tennis.  Tasty barbequed hamburgers (vegan option available on request) will be provided. BYO alcohol. This is a popular group where you can meet new friends, enjoy an environment with no social pressure and have an enjoyable night out! Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Cost:  $15 AV Members, $25 Non Members including BBQ foods and soft drinks. Please indicate dietary preferences during registration.  Please book and pay online before attending, as paying on the night is difficult for our volunteer leaders to manage and makes extra work.

    Please note the following about how our group runs:

    • 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. 

      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).  You can join in whatever game or conversation takes your interest. Leaders will support you to join in.  

      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 - preferably write to Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au or Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au 0412 113 105. 

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

      Partners Peer Support Group


      Our Partners group is for adults who have (or have had) partners with Aspergers (or autism spectrum condition level 1).  Couples may be formally diagnosed or not; co-habiting or not. Note the new venue at Power Neighbourhood House

      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 Holmesglen 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
      • 6 Dec 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

      Guest Speaker Dr Danny Blackford: Managing Challenging Behaviour


      For our final meeting for 2019, we have secured an AV Professional Directory member Dr Danny Blackford to talk with us on the topic of managing challenging behaviour in those we care for.  (Venue may change if numbers are too high for Salvos Ringwood).

      About Danny Blackford:  Danny is a registered psychologist and NDIS provider. For more than 30 years, he has  provided support services to parents of children who have  experienced learning difficulties, social functioning and behavioural problems.

      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. 

      Please check reminder email for final decision on location. Will still be near usual venue in Ringwood. If numbers are higher than usual, a bigger venue will be booked.

      • 6 Dec 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood Vic 3147
      • 50
      Register

      Teens Hub: T-Shirt Making, BBQ, Fire Pit, Table Tennis & Board Games

      ****New Night...1st Friday of the Month****


      Come and join us at the Power Neighbourhood House in Ashwood.  We will have lots of activities to choose from, including: making a Christmas/Holiday T-shirt, toasting marshmallows around the fire pit, having a bbq, playing table tennis, or listening to music and enjoying a chat together. There is also board games to play inside or just relax in our chill out room. 

      Sausages (vegan options too) and drinks will be provided. Meet our Aspie mentors who love to make everyone feel welcome and part of the group and are always up for a chat. Looking forward to seeing you there!  This is a popular group where you can meet new friends and catch up with old buddies, enjoy an environment with no social pressure and have an enjoyable night out! Looking forward to seeing you there!

      Parents can enjoy the company of the other parents in a nearby area.  

      Cost:  $20 for AV Member, $30 Non-Members  includes: t-shirt making, BBQ and marshmallows. Please let us know if you are vegetarian/vegan during registration.  Please pay prior to attending with your registration. Email admin@aspergersvic.org.au if you need assistance to do this. No cash on the night please!

      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: If driving, free parking is available in surrounding streets.  By Public Transport:  Take the train to Holmesglen 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.  

      Contact Details:    Booking/payment/membership queries write to Emma at admin@aspergersvic.org.au or for other queries - Gayle Vermont, Groups Co-Ordinator, groups@aspergersvic.org.au  0412 113 105, e.g. suitabilty for the group etc. Please don't ring Gayle with booking/membership questions. 

      • 9 Dec 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis St, Hampton Vic 3188
      Register

      Southern Evening Parents & Carers Peer Group

      New Venue: Hampton Community Centre 


      This is a new evening group extension of our daytime group, to cater for daytime working parents, grandparents and carers (of a person with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism / ASD 1-2) to meet, share their experiences and support eachother. We are now meeting at a new venue:  Hampton Community Centre.  

      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:

       We will go around the table as usual and encourage new people to tell us   their story (or a topic may be listed closer to the date).

      Cost:  $5 AV Members, or $10 for Non-Members. Please pay on registration as payment on the night puts unnecessary stress and overhead on our volunteers. 

      Attendance varies from month to month, and it's great to talk to others who have been through similar challenges. 

      Getting There:  Enter via the front door. By car:  There is parking in the car park at the back of the community centre as well as in surrounding streets.  By Public Transport:  Hampton Station is very close and there is also a bus service.
      • 19 Dec 2019
      • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Power Neighbourhood House, 54 Power Ave, Ashwood 3147
      Register

      AS Adults Social NIght

      From 6.30pm BBQ and ~8pm Games Night


      Come and join with like-minded Aspergers adults, to take advantage of a 5th Thursday in the month of May, for an extra social night just to enjoy each other's company, over a few board games and a Bar-Be-Que.

      Cost::  Please pay $10 AV Members, or $15 Non-Member 1st Time Attendees online with your registration.  Includes a simple BBQ dinner of sausages and bread and covers admin costs for this extra event. Indicate any dietary intolerances/allergies in your registration form.  

      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. The usual monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month across each year. When there is a 5th Thursday in the month, we usually hold an additional social night, such as this meeting. If you are not a member you can come for one session as a guest to try and see if the group suits your needs.  After that we ask you to join us a a member here, to continue attending and enjoy member prices (on events with a cost) 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. 

    Previous Group Meetings

    17 Nov 2019 Annual General Meeting & Celebration
    16 Nov 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    15 Nov 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    11 Nov 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    7 Nov 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
    1 Nov 2019 Teens Meetup: Indoor Rock Climbing Night
    31 Oct 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    25 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    24 Oct 2019 Young Adults Meetup
    19 Oct 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    18 Oct 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    17 Oct 2019 Adults Meet-Up
    14 Oct 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    8 Oct 2019 Adults & Young Adults Melbourne Observatory Social Night
    4 Oct 2019 Teens Meetup: Drumming Workshop & Games Night
    3 Oct 2019 Partners Peer Support Group
    29 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    26 Sep 2019 Young Adults Hub
    21 Sep 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    20 Sep 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    19 Sep 2019 Adults Meet-Up
    17 Sep 2019 Develop Your Social Skills Toolkit -Young Adults Module 1
    15 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    11 Sep 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Sep 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
    6 Sep 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    5 Sep 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    1 Sep 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    29 Aug 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    23 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    22 Aug 2019 Young Adults Hub
    18 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    17 Aug 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    16 Aug 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    15 Aug 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    14 Aug 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    4 Aug 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    2 Aug 2019 Teens Hub: BBQ, Fire Pit & Board Games Night
    2 Aug 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    1 Aug 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    26 Jul 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    25 Jul 2019 Young Adults Hub
    21 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    20 Jul 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    19 Jul 2019 Social Butterflies: Inclusive Girls' Gathering
    18 Jul 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    7 Jul 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    4 Jul 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    28 Jun 2019 Teens Hub
    28 Jun 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    27 Jun 2019 Young Adults Hub
    23 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    21 Jun 2019 Social Butterflies Gathering
    20 Jun 2019 Adult Meet-Up
    15 Jun 2019 Inclusive Women's Get-together
    9 Jun 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    7 Jun 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    6 Jun 2019 Partners Meet-Up
    30 May 2019 AS Adults Social Night Meeting
    26 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons Group
    24 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    24 May 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    23 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    18 May 2019 Womens Group
    16 May 2019 AS Adults Group Meeting
    12 May 2019 Dungeons & Dragons
    10 May 2019 Teen Girls Peer Mentor Group
    3 May 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    3 May 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    2 May 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    2 May 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    27 Apr 2019 Gener8 (meet-up group for 25 to 45 year olds)
    26 Apr 2019 Southern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    20 Apr 2019 Womens Group
    18 Apr 2019 AS Adults Social Group Meeting
    5 Apr 2019 Eastern Parents & Carers Peer Group Meeting
    4 Apr 2019 Partners Peer Group Meeting
    28 Mar 2019 Young Adults Peer Group Meeting
    22 Mar 2019 Teens Peer Group Meeting
    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

    We rely on donations and memberships to provide specialised support, advocate for change and fill the gap in the specific services our community needs. Donate now and help us empower Aspergers.  All donations are tax deductible.

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