Walking group for autistic adults takes first steps

Autism Berkshire is launching a walking group, in response to requests from autistic adults.

The first walk, on Tuesday, January 18, will start at 10.30am from the forecourt at the entrance to Maidenhead railway station, and follow a route through the south of the town and the Braywick Nature Reserve.

It follows a successful trial event last summer, pictured, for members of our Maidenhead-based Bear With Me social group for autistic adults. They set off from Bourne End railway station and walked along the River Thames towpath back to Maidenhead.

The new group is funded by a grant from the Shanly Foundation.

Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “Feedback from the members of the Bear With Me group and our 197 Club in Reading showed that they wanted more activities, especially in the daytime.

“We expect that the walking group will prove popular and would like to thank the Shanly Foundation for making it possible.”

The walks, which will take place fortnightly, will be led by Helen Harris, who is also the co-ordinator of the Bear With Me group.

The walking group is open to all autistic adults who live in Berkshire aged 18 and above. Please note that participants must be registered with us in advance, by completing a registration form which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Existing members of the Bear With Me and the 197 Club social groups just need to let Helen Harris know that they want to take part in walks.

Completed forms should be emailed to admin@autismberkshire.org.uk or posted to Autism Berkshire, 40 Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7EB.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the walking group, send us a message via our online contact form, email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a message including your contact details.

  • Click here for more information about the walking group and the Bear With Me and 197 Club social groups, their activities and how to get involved.