APUK Peer Support
After some long months of planning, we officially started Autistic Parents UK in November and we are steadily building in order to provide many inclusive support opportunities for Autistic parents. At the moment all of our peer support opportunities are remote, we plan on supporting people with local face-to-face group set up when this is possible again, contact us if you are interested in getting involved in local groups.
Group Peer Support
If you would like to register interest in our website specific spaces you can do so below.
Small Peer Support
We also have several small chat groups, currently on Facebook messenger but we can also use Signal and WhatsApp, and closed APUK website group forums based on people preferences.
We have collected some feedback from our small groups shared below. If you would like to join a small group join you can email us, join our larger Autistic Parents UK - Peer Support Group on Facebook, or register interest below.
One to One Peer Support
We have plans to facilitate one to one support opportunities in the future.
To maintain the safety of our members we are planning a short free course on peer support and we will have trained volunteer supervisors for you to contact if you have any concerns with your support relationship. These volunteers will receive clinical supervision.
If you are interested in one-to-one support please register your interest below.
APUK Small Peer Group Feedback
It’s made me feel less alone. Lots of my feelings about my situation have been validated by sharing with the group. This has had a hugely positive effect on my mental wellbeing.
I struggle to engage with large social media groups so often feel quite isolated. It has been great to connect with like-minded people in a smaller group.
Having access to a friendly, like-minded group of parents for informal chat and support has really helped me feel less alone in my experiences and thoughts.
I feel less alone with some of my experiences so far as an autistic mother, and I've recommended the peer support groups to a few friends too.
We know that rules aren't always well received but in order to keep our group safe for all members we have some basic rules; each has been well thought out and has a valid rationale behind it. We are happy to chat with you about this further if you'd like, feel free to drop us a message.
You can view and download our guidelines here.