Coronavirus: Support from Autism Berkshire

Online advice workshops and support groups for parents and carers

We are running online autism advice workshops and support groups so we can continue to help parents and carers and their families during the coronavirus shutdown.

The online services available are as follows:

Monday: Fortnightly online benefits advice workshops, starting from June 15 – see the Benefits Service section below for details.

Tuesday: Online virtual ‘home visits’ by appointment – see below

Wednesday: Focused support group with discussion around a topical issue, for example doing school work at home. Plus online virtual ‘home visits’ by appointment

Thursday morning: Bite-sized autism advice workshops based on our regular Meeting Sensory Needs and Managing Anger workshops. Additional sessions will be run in the afternoon if required

Friday morning: Support group for parents and carers

Friday afternoon: Support group for parents and carers

Click here if you would like to register an interest in taking part in the online autism advice workshops or support groups. Our family support team will get in touch to discuss detailed arrangements and instructions for joining these online sessions.

Online Teen Life course for West Berkshire parents and carers

We are running the second of our Teen Life courses for parents and carers of autistic children and young people aged 10 to 16 who live in the West Berkshire Council* area in an online format on Monday mornings.

*Please note that funding rules mean we are not currently able to offer this course to parents and carers who do not live in West Berkshire. We are seeking funding to provide the course in other part of Berkshire later this year.

Helpline and Virtual Home Visits

The Helpline service is still operating via email and phone and we are also offering appointments for online one-to-one virtual ‘home visits’. Whatever you need information about, we will do our best to help or signpost you to specialist sources of support.

Email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message. Remember to include your contact details. One of our advisers will get in touch to discuss the best way to help.

Benefits Service

Benefits advice is still available for autistic people living in Berkshire and their parents and carers by email and phone, along with free online workshops and appointments by video link.

Forthcoming online workshops are:

Monday, June 15: DLA, for parents and carers of children aged up to 15. Click here for more details and to book.

Monday, June 29: Benefits for those aged 16 and above (PIP, ESA, Universal Credit). Click here for more details and to book.

Email benefits@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 2) and leave a voicemail message if you need advice. Remember to include your contact details. One of our advisers will get in touch to offer advice about eligibility for benefits and applications, reconsiderations and appeals. Click here for more details of the Benefits Service.

Bear With Me social group

Members of our Bear With Me group for autistic adults in Maidenhead can take part in online sessions on Wednesday evenings and get advice and information by phone, while the weekly meetings at the Bear pub are suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The online sessions are on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7pm. All members of the group have been invited to join in and will get updates about what activities are coming up for future sessions. To take part, they should email helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Helen and Scott are available to talk to members by telephone every Wednesday evening between 6.30pm and 7pm on the following numbers:

  • Helen: 07923 910108
  • Scott: 07923 910100

Group members can also get in touch with Helen by email at – helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Useful links

We are posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages and have compiled helpful links on a range of topics in two special coronavirus pages on this website.

Click here for advice and information for parents and carers.

Click here for lots of online and offline activities for children and families.

  • We would like to thank Berkshire Community Foundation for helping with the costs of adapting and running these services with a grant from their Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund.