A new National Autistic Society support group has launched for parents and carers of autistic adults in Sefton.
The group is being run by volunteers and will meet once a month, offering information and support and advocating for local services. The venue will alternate each month between Sefton Carers Centre in Waterloo and the Life Rooms in Southport.
The meeting dates and locations for 2018 are listed below. For more information about the group please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colette Hampson, Branches Development officer North of England and North Wales, said: “We are pleased to announce that our Sefton Parent Carer Support Group launched on Friday 15 June at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport. This is a really exciting project and has the potential to make a huge difference to local families.
“It was great to see so many people supporting the launch, including Bill Esterson MP, Councillor Paul Cummins, Sefton’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, and Vicky Keeley, CEO Sefton Carers Centre.
“The group is being run by volunteers who are local parents and carers of autistic adults themselves. They will be meeting once a month, providing a space where parents and carers can drop by and meet people in similar situations, share information and ideas, and advocate for support in the community. It’s very informal, so the person you are supporting does not need to have a formal diagnosis to attend.
“More than 1 in 100 people are autistic in the UK and life can be desperately difficult at times, for them and their families. But we’ve seen again and again the huge difference understanding and the right support can make.”
On attending the event, Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It is great news that this valuable service is now available to people living in Sefton. The volunteers involved have done a great job in getting the service up and running.
“I have no doubt that parents and carers of autistic adults in the borough, will really benefit from the support and advice of others who are in similar situations as themselves.”
Meeting dates and times for 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo
Tuesday, August 21, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport
Tuesday, September 18, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo
Tuesday, October 16, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport
Tuesday, November 20, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo
Tuesday, December 18, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport
Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 5RF
Life Rooms Southport, 23 Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, PR8 1NW