Autistic Parents UK is in the process of setting up local peer support groups. We are aiming to add to our national online community by supporting with the facilitation of local and/or online peer support groups for our members.
Support for Local Groups
If you'd like to set up a group in your area or become involved with supporting this project in another way please read more below and either fill in our interest form or email us to chat through options.
Online Local Groups
APUK have regional groups set up on our discord server.
If there are more than 3 people in a specific area, APUK will support you to set up a subgroup if requested.
If there are more than 10 people in a regional subgroup, APUK can support with the set up of a face-to-face group.
Training & CPD
We will be offering all group facilitators and co-facilitators in-house training on facilitation skills to support group setup and maintenance.
There will be regular continued professional development (CPD) opportunities. Including offering a book (hard copy or audio) by Dr Luke Beardon.
Mentoring & Supervision
Each local group will have a mentor for regular one to one supervision.
APUK will also facilitate regular online supervision sessions for group facilitators, to share ideas and receive support from their peers.
The APUK team use Slack messaging system which all facilitators will be invited to join.
APUK will be supporting local groups to build a resource library for volunteers and members to access.
This will also include hard copies of Autistic Parents UK resources and access to all of our online resources.
We also hope to facilitate of a book exchange between our local members.
Our Local Groups
Autistic Parents UK is in the process of reviewing our volunteer onboarding procedure and revising our policies and code of conduct, which we're hoping to have ready for publishing early in the new year. If you are interested in facilitating a local group we can add your name to our list of those interested in volunteering, and contact you when we are ready to recommence onboarding. You are also welcome to suggest your local area as a channel on our discord server, we will send you details on how to join if you register your interest or you can contact us directly. Many thanks for your patience while we finalise these essential policies and processes, we appreciate your kind support.