Autism

A developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

An estimated 695,000 people in the UK are living with autism. The demands and challenges that are taken on by those caring for the person with autism are numerous.

Caring for someone with autism and/or asperger’s can be extremely challenging. Being supportive when he or she is experiencing suicidal thoughts, self-harm or very high levels of anxiety can be distressing, frightening and exhausting. Our lead in autism is Sarah, she is here to support you in your caring role.

We are able to offer support in helping you navigate the challenges of caring for someone with autism. From advocating on your behalf with external organisations to assisting in organising alternative education arrangements for your cared for. Our team are here to support your needs.

Our autism peer support group is held on the last Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8pm. The group is facilitated by Sarah and often co-facilitated by Carers or guest speakers. Please let us know who you would like to see speak at the peer support groups, as we are always looking for new guests for the peer support groups.

To access support in caring for someone with autism please click the link below.

Our peer support groups give Carers an opportunity to share lived experiences with other Carers who may be in similar situations to themselves. They allow Carers to co-produce the groups and the topics covered each month as well as many of our groups being co-facilitated with Carers.It also allows for Carers to feedback to the Centre, experiences they have had with services within the borough and help us develop methods of improving the services provided for Carers. If you would like to co-facilitate one of our peer support groups please click the link below, we would like to hear from you.

We understand that these have been strange, uncertain and difficult times for you. We wanted to let you know about a free counselling service called Kooth, which the NHS is offering for all young people aged 11- 22 in Wandsworth.

Kooth is there for you for advice, support and guidance on a range of issues such as stress or anxiety, worries about returning to college, fears about what the world looks like now, dealing with difficult family relationships, struggling with loss and much more.

It’s a free online chat service that works on both your smart-phone and computer. There are no waiting lists and it’s totally anonymous – you can just make up a name. And, you can freely and openly discuss any concerns that you may have, through the wide range of services that Kooth offers.

Please find the link below to a short video describing the service available at Kooth.

Kooth video

Our aim is always to support Carers’ to care for themselves, so they are able to continue caring for someone else.

We will always work hard to raise Carer Awareness, to celebrate Carers and be the support and advice service you can always rely on.

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