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Grandparents’ support group gets off to great start

Our new support group for grandparents who are the main carers for grandchildren with autism enjoyed a successful launch this week.

A number of grandparents met for a free roast lunch and the chance to relax and chat at the Toby Carvery Caversham Bridge, in Richfield Avenue, Reading, just down the road from Autism Berkshire’s office.

The next meeting of the group, which is open to grandparents from the whole of Berkshire, is on Thursday, November 10, from 11.30am to 1.30pm at the Toby Carvery.

The aim of the group is to reduce the isolation felt by many grandparents who have become primary carers to grandchildren with autism spectrum conditions. It will provide them with a supportive environment to relax and socialise with people from their own generation and share experiences.

Many grandparents who are primary carers for their grandchildren with autism often find they have become cut off from friends who no longer have to plan their lives around the needs of children, while other carers they meet are usually much younger.

For more information about the group or to book a place at the November meeting, please call the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email