Autism NI Support Groups
In Autism NI the Family Support team co-ordinate a number of different types of support groups. There are 20+ support groups based in local communities across Northern Ireland offering support to thousands of parents and carers and individuals with ASD. We rely heavily on our support group network, which continues to be the bedrock of our service steeped in the principles of community development where volunteer parents and carers provide advice and support to other parents.
These groups can be large or small but all have one thing in common, they work with the family support team providing dedicated support for families, share experiences, offer mutual support and discuss how Autism affects family life.
Our support group volunteers have tremendous understanding of ASD and can open many doors for others. They can bring new concepts and ideas, pass and share tips and hints. They are creative and innovative meeting emerging needs with some facilitating family activities, events and summer schemes. We are receiving around 30 calls a week from parents, carers or individuals specifically looking to join an Autism NI group in their area. We actively encourage this and offer our support and guidance in bridging families to their local group.
Why join a Support Group?
By joining one of Autism NI's support groups you will find you do not have to begin this journey on your own. You can access support pre or post diagnosis. Most groups meet monthly, parents get the chance to share worries or concerns along with experiences on what is available in your area to help your family and your child with ASD.
You will get ideas and strategies for helping your child lay foundations for their future. By meeting other parents on your journey you will realise the feeling and worries you are expecting are perfectly normal and to be expected.
Overall, our Support Groups work to meet emerging needs and raise awareness with local communities, businesses and politicians across Northern Ireland. This core area of work underpins Autism NI’s long-standing commitment to maintaining relationships with parents, carers and professionals.
By speaking to another parent who is involved you can find out what it is like at meetings, what is expected of you and what is not.
‘I had a great day out with the North Coast Support Group at their fishing event’. (Parent & Child)
Support Group Schedule
Please click the below attachment for up to date information on your local Support Group meetings or contact our Helpline on 028 9040 1729 (Option 1)