Community Learning for Autistic Adults

We offer courses for autistic adults to help them develop skills for social situations and everyday living and increase their confidence.

SocialEyes Course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum helps them to develop social skills and understanding.

SocialEyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with people with autism and Asperger syndrome and leading professionals in the field.

SocialEyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change ‘inappropriate’ social behaviour or to acquire social skills by copying the ‘typical’ behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

The course is made up of weekly two-hour workshops.

SocialEyes courses held in Reading are funded by the Earley Charity, and are for participants aged 18 and above. Courses take place at the New Directions Centre at 330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, RG2 8DH.

Details of forthcoming courses will be posted on this page.

SocialEyes courses held in Slough are funded by the Heathrow Community Trust, and are for participants aged 18 and above. Courses take place at Langley College, near Slough.

Please note that participants must be aged 18 and above and residents of the Borough of Slough or the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The next course in Slough will run from Monday, October 21, to Monday, December 16 (no session on October 28, due to the college’s half-term study week).

Chop & Chat

These free, friendly social sessions are for autistic young people and adults, aged 16 and above, who live in Slough.

Taking place fortnightly at Langley College, they revolve around cooking and sharing a meal, and provide an opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics, including life skills, boosting self-esteem and confidence, and developing education, training and employment prospects.

The first course runs for 12 sessions, taking place on alternate Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 8pm, starting on November 19, 2019, and running until May 2020.

Please note that to take part in Chop & Chat you must live in the Borough of Slough and either be unemployed, or working part-time or as a volunteer. Those in full-time work are not eligible.

If you have any questions about the course or would like to register to take part, please email or call 01189 594 594.

Details of future courses will be added to this page when registration opens.

  • Chop & Chat is funded by a grant from the European Social Fund and the Education & Skills Funding Agency.