With our Awards for All Lottery grant we ran peer support groups in Haselmere and Reading and a 10 week post-identification training and support programme for autistic adults in Reading.
The post-identification programme was devised by Caroline some years ago to plug the gap she experienced after her autism diagnosis. We were privileged to
have Laura Crane
evaluate this project. The programme was highly valued with remarks like “meeting the group was massively relevant for me, because it’s one thing reading about it on the Internet but when you’re sitting in a room…that’s an epiphany”
peppering the report. We hope that the research will be published - watch this space!.
The group in Haselmere was for men and women was usually attended by more men than women. In Reading we ran a womens group which started slowly but built up to having a regular attendance of 8-10 women. The group in Haselmere is ongoing in a slightly changed format, with Laura running it on a voluntary basis. We are looking for funding to restart the Reading groups and run the Post-Identification Programme again.