Autism Berkshire - Update Article Image

Coronavirus: Adult social groups move online

Both Autism Berkshire’s social groups for autistic adults are now offering online sessions, with the 197 Club in Reading following the lead of the Bear With Me group in Maidenhead.

Sessions of the club, which is based in Reading, have been suspended since March but it is returning in an online format at 7pm Monday, July 6.

The sessions will take place fortnightly, matching the club’s regular frequency, with all members invited to log in and meet up by video link until meetings at The Outlook bar and outings for meals and Ten-Pin bowling can resume.

They should contact the club’s co-ordinator, Kevin Jackson, at to request a log-in link.

The Bear With Me group, based in Maidenhead, provides online activities every Wednesday evening from 7pm.

All members of the group are invited to take part, with regular updates about what activities are coming up for future sessions. Recent ones have featured biscuit-baking and quizzes.

Members can contact the group co-ordinator, Helen Harris, by email at to request a log-in link.

And Helen and Scott are also available to support and advise Bear With Me members by telephone every Wednesday evening, ahead of the video meetings, from 6.30pm to 7pm on the following numbers:

  • Helen: 07923 910108
  • Scott: 07923 910100

We will monitor changes to Government guidance about the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants from Saturday, July 4, and updates to social distancing rules, but will only resume face-to-face meetings of these social groups when we feel that the conditions are right and our regular venues advise us that they are able to accommodate the groups again.

  • Click here for details of all Autism Berkshire services that are currently operating online alongside the social groups, including our Helpline and a series of workshops about claiming benefits, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit.