APUK Peer Support

After long months of planning, we officially started Autistic Parents UK in November 2020 and became a charity (CIO) in May 2022. We are steadily building in order to provide many inclusive support opportunities for Autistic parents. 

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We have a Facebook page and a linked group - Autistic Parents UK - Peer Support Group (Autistic parent only space).

Our Facebook group is the best place to ask broad questions of a larger group of people with similar experiences.

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We also have several small chat groups, currently on Facebook messenger but we are moving to a more secure platform, slack workspace.

We have collected some feedback from our small groups shared below. If you would like to join a small group register your interest here.

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Autistic Parents UK is in the process of setting up local peer support groups

If you'd like to set up a group in your area or become involved with supporting this project in another way please visit our local groups page for details.

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We are now ready to offer our members volunteer-led one to one peer support. If you are interested in learning more or would like to register your interest, please do so here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community Guidelines

We know that rules are not always well received but in order to keep our members safe 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 would like, feel free to drop us a message.

You can view and download our guidelines here.