Hidden Pearls social group for autistic adults in Slough is launched

Autism Berkshire’s newest social group for autistic adults, called Hidden Pearls, is now up and running in Slough.

We are working with members of a small group that has been meeting informally for some time, to give it a more formal structure and to increase the number of people taking part.

Hidden Pearls is aimed at adults aged 18+ with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or high-functioning autism, who live in the Borough of Slough.

The new group aims to repeat the success of our Bear With Me social group in Maidenhead, which now attracts an average of 50 people to its meetings, and the 197 Club in Reading.

Hidden Pearls will meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at the Earl of Cornwall pub, in Cippenham Lane, Cippenham.

The next session, on Tuesday, June 25, will feature a quiz, created and hosted by members of the group.

Hidden Pearls will be co-ordinated by Autism Berkshire’s projects executive, Sarah Brown, assisted by our new support worker Scott Miles. They are pictured, above, second left and left, with members of the group at the first meeting last week.

Hidden Pearls is being supported by Slough Borough Council’s autism practice lead, Geraldine Smith, and has received start-up funding from the Slough SPACE project, which delivers advice and support services in the community and is co-ordinated by the Slough Council for Voluntary Services.

Sarah said: “We would like to thank SPACE for supporting Autism Berkshire to facilitate and help grow the existing small social group in Slough, which has been renamed by the members as Hidden Pearls.

“The group aims to combat social isolation and loneliness among autistic adults in Slough, by providing a focus of support for them locally, rather than them having to travel outside the town or not taking part in any regular social activities.

“We would also like to thank the Earl of Cornwall pub for making us so welcome and are looking forward to the quiz next week.”

  • If you or a family member would like to attend Hidden Pearls’ meetings, please contact Sarah Brown by email sarah.brown@autismberkshire.org.uk or call her on 01189 594 594. Click here for details of our other social groups for adults and other leisure activities across Berkshire.