New Chop & Chat course has recipe to boost autistic adults’ prospects

Autism Berkshire is launching a new free course, called Chop & Chat, for autistic young people and adults (aged 16+) who live in Slough.

Chop & Chat, which will take place at Langley College, features friendly, fortnightly social sessions, focused around cooking and sharing a meal and talking about a range of topics.

Starting on Tuesday, November 19, the sessions aim to develop life skills, boost self-esteem and confidence, and develop participants’ education, training and employment prospects.

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

The course will be led by Helen Harris, who co-ordinates our Bear With Me social group in Maidenhead and our community learning courses for adults.

  • Please note that to take part in Chop & Chat you must have an autism diagnosis, be aged 16 or above, live in the Borough of Slough and be unemployed, or working part-time or as a volunteer. Those in full-time work are not eligible.

Autism Berkshire’s project executive, Sarah Brown, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch Chop & Chat to help autistic teenagers and adults who live in Slough.

“We want to encourage them to work together in a relaxed atmosphere over a meal, build their confidence and share information and ideas to help improve their prospects in life.

“We would like to thank the European Social Fund and the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency for supporting the project financially.”

If you have any questions about the course, please email or call 01189 594 594.

Click here to register for free places on the course that starts on November 19.

The course complements our SocialEyes courses, also held at Langley College. A new course will be starting early in 2020. Click here for more information about SocialEyes.

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