Our activities are focused on young people with Asperger’s Syndrome / high functioning autism, as there is very little on offer for this group across Oxfordshire. If you would like information about other activities run across Oxfordshire by other groups, as well as more information on our work, please do look at our Fact File document. The Fact File is available to download here
We can also run occasional workshops, including Social Skills, and Sex & Relationships Education.
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).
The youth groups provide a fun and safe place for members to be themselves, meet other young people with Asperger’s Syndrome, and have opportunities to socialise, make friends, or just chill out with peers.
The youth groups are arranged according to age:
||When & where
|8–12 year olds
||Saturdays 10am ‐ 12pm
||Children living in Oxfordshire
|13–16 year olds
||Friday evenings 6:30pm ‐ 8:30pm
||Young people living in Oxfordshire
|13–18 year olds
||‘Stuff’, Thursdays 4:30pm ‐ 6:30pm
The Hub, Abingdon
||Young people living in the Abingdon or Didcot area
|16–21 year olds
||Wednesdays, 6:30pm ‐ 9pm
Headington, Oxford. 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.
||Young people living in Oxfordshire
Our youth groups focus on having fun
, and chilling out
. There is the opportunity to participate in group activities, as well as equipment such as 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
Referral Process for joining all our youth groups:
- If you are NEW to us, a general Referral Form must first be completed by a parent/carer, or a professional.
- Then (or if you are already known to us) please complete a Youth Group Application Form.
- When we receive the Application Form our Family Support Worker or Community Outreach Worker 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 usually a waiting list and priority criteria.
The Youth Group Application Form is available by clicking here
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.