‘As We Are’ Group
Unique in Wiltshire, and rare across the UK, the ‘AS We Are’ groups were organised by a clinician who realised that adults being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition often didn’t know where to turn next, and that they certainly didn’t have a social outlet to meet with others who have a diagnosis.
Started in Salisbury this initiative grew with the support of Wiltshire Council and the National Autistic Society and is now under the organisational umbrella of the Wiltshire Service Users’ Network.
In pre-pandemic days the group ran in Salisbury, Trowbridge and Chippenham; visiting (for example) cafes, pubs, cinemas, sporting events and restaurants. Things have been different since March 2020 but we still have weekly social zoom meetings. As lockdown eases this summer, some face to face social activity will happen across the county, but we’ll keep an online presence too.
Anyone in Wiltshire with an Autism Spectrum Condition can contact the WSUN office (email@example.com) or Richard Conlon who has run the group since 2015 on (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and ask to be put on the list. You’ll get weekly updates about what the group is doing and also about research, opportunities, surveys etc. The groups are purely social, but they are a form of informal peer-support and knowledge-sharing. They often happen during the daytime on a Friday and you don’t need to attend every session.
There are plenty of quotes about how beneficial the group is but this sums it up: ‘It’s the only place I don’t have to pretend to be something I’m not.’ Come and see what we do, you’ll be very welcome.
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