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Teens Group

Are you a young person aged 12 to 18 years who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile, who is currently enrolled at secondary school?

Are you looking for a group of peers to hang out with, to chat about interests and passions over board games and activities, and generally have fun?

Then our Teens Group may be what you're looking for!

Who is this group for?

Our Teens Group is for young people aged 12 to 18 years, currently enrolled in secondary education, who have Aspergers, are autistic, or who have another similar neurodivergent profile. We welcome teens of all genders, at all stages of the diagnostic journey, including self-identified. If your teen is aged 18 or older and is no longer enrolled in secondary education, the Young Adults Group may be more suitable.

When and where does this group meet?

The Teens Group meets on the first Friday of each month.

Our in-person meetings take place at a range of venues. Usually, we meet at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, however we also go bowling, rock climbing, or meet at a restaurant to share a meal together.

When we meet online, our Teens group uses Discord to chat with each other.

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 or in person.

What are group meetings like?

In-person Teens Group meetings: these meetings are split into two parts. In one room, the teens meet with our Teens Mentors, young adults volunteering in a mentor role. The Teens Mentors welcome new attendees, facilitate conversation, and provide supervision.
In a separate room at the same venue, our Teens Parents Group Leaders welcome the teens' parents and carers and facilitate conversation amongst the group. This is setup allows teens to build independence, to meet peers, and develop social connections without pressure, while their parents and carers can also catch up with their peers. Each teen must be accompanied by a parent or carer at each meeting: the parent or carer must stay on-site for the duration of the event and is responsible for the supervision of their teen.

Online Teens Group meetings: these meetings take place via a private, moderated Discord server. The Teens Mentors provide several Discord rooms for the teens to interact, chat, or play online games, and they welcome new participants, facilitate chat and interactions, and provide supervision. Teens are welcome to join in the discussion or to listen to others as they feel comfortable. Each teen must be supervised by a parent or carer while they are accessing the Discord server.

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 - Teens" 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 Teens Group Leader.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 9 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
    • 6

    Teens Group: December

    - in person meeting (games night)

    About our Group

    Our Teens group is for teens with Aspergers, autistic teens, and those with a similar neurodivergent profile to meet and hang out to play games or chat while their parents / carers meet in another room at the same venue to chat, provide support and share ideas and advice.

    • Teens will be supervised by our Teens Mentors.
    • In another room at the same venue, parents will be met by our Parents Contact to chat and exchange experiences.

    The Teens Team:

    • Callan T, Callan B, Jack D, Sunny - Volunteer Mentors

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

    Each teen must be accompanied by one parent or carer.

    A parent or carer must attend with their teen and must remain on site for the duration of the activity.

    We understand that another parent or family member may wish to join the activity, however we can only accommodate one adult per registered teen, and we are unable to accommodate additional adults on the night.

    Cost: $10 for members, $15 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, 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. 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.

    To register your teen and their accompanying adult

    - Please enter the name of the parent or carer accompanying your teen at the start of the registration process.

    - Please enter your teen's details where requested in the registration form.

    The registration form will ask you for the name and age of your teen. It will also ask you for the contact phone number of the parent or carer attending with the teen.

    If you need assistance or if you have more than one teen attending, please contact our AV admin team before registering.

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    For assistance or more information

    • 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.

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