We can also run occasional workshops, including Social Skills, and Sex & Relationships Education.
Our activities are focused on young people with Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism, because there is very little on offer for these children in Oxfordshire. If this does not suit your child please see Oxfordshire’s Family Information Directory for details of other activities and organisations. Click HERE
for the Family Information Directory, or visit the Oxfordshire County Council website.
We run 4 weekly youth groups specifically for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome (or High Functioning Autism/ASD presenting similar to Asperger’s Syndrome).
We aim to create a fun and safe place for members to be themselves, meet other young people, have opportunities to socialise, make friends, or just chill out.
The youth groups are arranged according to age:
||When & where
|8–12 year olds
||Saturdays 10am ‐ 12pm
||Staff : child ratio is approx. 1:5 plus volunteers
|13–16 year olds
||Friday evenings 6:30pm ‐ 8:30pm
||Staff : child ratio is approx. 1:8 plus volunteers
|11–16 year olds of
Secondary school age
||Thursdays 6pm ‐ 8pm
||Staff : child ratio is approx. 1:8 plus volunteers
|16–21 year olds
||Wednesdays, 6:30pm ‐ 9pm
||Staff : child ratio is approx. 1:9 plus volunteers
This group has lots of participation and decision-making from the members. There are regular off-site activities which are agreed and organised by the members.
We focus on having fun
, discussing and agreeing activities, group activities,
and chilling out
. There is opportunity to participate in group activities, as well as equipment such as a pool table, games consoles, arts & crafts, sports games, board games, or just chilling and chatting.
We encourage peer interaction, and once settled, members should attend the group unaccompanied by parent/carers.
Occasionally there are optional off-site activities which are discussed and agreed by the group. Previous trips have included visits to the cinema, bowling, ice skating, meals out, laser tag, theatre, and theme parks.
Each group is staffed by at least two members of staff: a Youth Group Coordinator, and Youth Support Worker(s). Additional support is provided by volunteers.
It has helped to build confidence to go out more because I’m able to mix with people at Youth Club who are like me and my age. It has helped me to talk to people more and I’m making more friends. The staff and the volunteers understand me.
Jamie, aged 13
APPLY TO JOIN OUR YOUTH GROUPS
!! NEWS: Unfortunately we have temporarily CLOSED applications for all our Youth Groups. This difficult but necessary decision is due to the long waiting list for youth groups, and to allow us to review the application process.
We hope to re-open applications after Summer 2021 and will announce the reopening via Facebook and our email mailing list.
If you are NEW to us:
- First complete a general Referral Form – this may be completed by a parent/carer, or a professional.
- Then complete a Youth Group Application Form. (Applications are temporarily closed)
If you are already know to us:
- Please complete a Youth Group Application Form. (Applications are temporarily closed)
When we receive the Youth Group Application Form
- Our Activity Coordinator, Georgina Palmer, will contact the parent/carer to discuss the application and usually arrange to meet the young person and parent/carers.
- If a placement is suitable, and places are available, the young person will join initially on a trial period.
- Please note: places are limited and there is currently long waiting lists for all groups.
Our Befriending Scheme recruits and trains and supports volunteers to befriend a child, young person or adult on the autism spectrum.
Befrienders typically spend an hour a week with the befriendee, either visiting them at home engaging in play and leisure activities such as playing board games, computer games, chatting, outdoor games, watching TV and chilling out; or if deemed suitable the befriender and befriendee may go outside and enjoy activities such as cinema, cafes, using public transport, parks, sports and walks.
- We recruit new volunteers twice a year
- Volunteers are aged 18 years and over
- Befriendees – all ages and across the autism spectrum
- Volunteers agree to a one year commitment
- All volunteers receive training, references and a CRB check
- We have a thorough matching process and volunteers and families are asked to provide us with as much detail as possible including their availability, times and days available, and preferences, in order for us to make a successful match.
- Befrienders visit on average one hour per week
- Activities are play and leisure activities in the home or offsite activities if deemed suitable and safe.
- Volunteer travel expenses to the child’s/person’s home is reimbursed by us, any activity costs must be paid by the family/adult.
Befriending has been a god-send – a parent.
As expected Befriending is a much needed and valued service. There is a high demand and a waiting list – we have a careful matching process and can not guarantee a Befriender to all on our waiting list.
Parent/carers or adults on the spectrum can complete a Befriender Request Form
.We are always in need of Befrienders from across Oxfordshire. If you are interested in becoming a Befriender please see our Volunteering page
Our activity programmes for the Summer and Easter holidays are very popular and provide a variety of community-based activities and opportunities to meet other young people with Asperger’s Syndrome.