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After the recent announcement from Oxfordshire County Council, we know many of you eagerly await information on the new Short Breaks holiday activities for autistic children and young people in Oxfordshire.

We are currently working with Oxfordshire County Council to explore an exciting programme of activities for 8 โ€“ 17 yrs olds who are autistic, without a learning disability.
We will share more information as soon as we can!

We will share information about our Youth Groups separately in due course.

Please be patient as we are managing external delays.

VACANCIES

WE ARE HIRING

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Opportunities to join our award-winning team!

We are looking for people to join our highly regarded team to nurture, enable & inspire young people.ย 


Youth Group Coordinator (Wednesday evenings)

ยฃ13.20 per hour, 4.75 hours per week

Wednesdays, 6PM โ€“ 9:30PM, Term-time only.ย 

Cowley, Oxford

Closing Date:ย  Sunday 11 February 2024

A rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of 18 – 25 years olds.ย 

“Youth group helped me in my darkest times. Itโ€™s hard to imagine life without youth group. There has always been people to talk to if I am having a rough time, and I have made a lot of lifelong friends along the way.”

If you want to create a fun, social, nurturing, and empowering space for young autistic adults, then this job may be for you!

You will manage our well-established weekly youth group for young adults aged 18 – 25ย  who are autistic without a Learning Disability.

You will coordinate the youth group, lead 1 Youth Support Worker and a group of dedicated volunteers; support and enable young people, and organise activities – with assistance from staff and volunteers.

The youth group provides a relaxed space for members to chillout, socialise, discuss and organise activities and offsite trips, build confidence, social skills, friendships, and independence.ย  Typically, the members attend mainstream college or employment, are seeking independence, are engaging, creative, supportive of each other, and are autistic without a learning disability. They love attending our youth group because itโ€™s their space to be themselves, socialise, go out and about, and be supported and heard by peers and staff.

Weekly working hours are Wednesdays 6PMย  โ€“ 9:30PM, during school term-time only (39 weeks per year). An additional 1.25 … Read more »

Oxfordshire Autism Alert Cards

FREE Credit card sized Autism Alert Cards

for under 18’s – see below if you want a card for an adult

For those with a ย child with autism you may already been in a position where you have had to explain the nature of autism and its associated behaviours.

The FREE credit card sized Autism Alert Card can be carried at all times and can be displayed if you or your child/young person are in a situation where you cannot easily explain about the condition or you need assistance.

The card will also assist any police or emergency service to identify that they are engaging with someone who has autism.

The Oxfordshire Alert Cards gives:

  • Basic information about autism.
  • Cardholders name.
  • Names and telephone numbers of 2 emergency contacts (this could be a family member, carer or friend).

Ways to use the Card

  • Carry your card whenever you go out
  • Show your alert card when you need help or to give an explanation
  • Show the card to NHS staff, police etc to tell them your child/you are on the spectrum
  • Show the card to relevant people when you need assistance.

To obtain one of these cards

We have secured some funding, so currently the card is completely free and we provide the postage and packaging (this may change in the future).

Please email us at info@afso.org.uk and include the following information:

Name of Child

Childโ€™s Date of birth

Your name

Your Postal Address (including postcode)

District Council area: SODC, VOWH, Cherwell, West or City

For more informationย  ย  ย Oxfordshire Autism Alert Cardย 

If you want a card for anย adult, please contact:ย OAADSS, Autism at Kingwood, Baptist House Office, 129 Broadway, Didcot, OX11 8XD

March Newsletter

Please find links to our March Newsletter. The Newsletter is for families who have made a referral to us, and have a child or young adult with a diagnosis of Autism, living in Oxfordshire. Our support and Q&A sessions are only offered to those who meet this criteria. Please do not contact our Family Practitioners directly unless you have already made a referral.

Our Newsletter also includes lots of information about local support groups, activities, resources, courses etc that might be of interest to families who are awaiting a diagnosis and you are welcome to look at the Newsletter too.

From befrienders to youth club workers and occasional helpers at events, Autism Family Support Oxfordshire relies on people like you giving their time.