Autism Berkshire is delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Frimley NHS Integrated Care System and the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West NHS Integrated Care System to provide a new support service for autistic adults throughout Berkshire.
The aim of this service is help those autistic adults who do not meet criteria for support from other specialist services, such as NHS mental health and learning disability teams.
Autism Berkshire’s chief executive officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “We have been providing family support services on behalf of the NHS since 2016 and we will build on that experience to develop the Berkshire Adult Autism Support Service to help and advise autistic adults.
“We want to ensure that adults who have an autism diagnosis or are waiting for assessment, and their families, get high-quality advice, workshops and activities.
“And we want to hear from autistic adults, aged 18 and over, about the kinds of help and activities they would like to see being provided across Berkshire and whether they prefer online or face-to-face services.”
- See below for information on how to have your say about your support needs.
The new service can be contacted via an online contact form, by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01189 594 594 (option 1) – please leave a voicemail and one of our advisers will contact you.
People’s needs will be assessed and they will then be registered for support from the service or signposted to other appropriate sources of advice and help.
The service will offer:
- Advice through a Helpline, with One-to-One Support available where more in-depth help is needed
- Autism advice workshops: Details of the planned programme will be available soon.
- New activity groups: Details of the planned programme will be available soon.
Clients will also be able to access other services for adults from Autism Berkshire, including our specialist Benefits Service, the 197 Club and Bear With Me social groups, and the Walk & Talk activity group.
Visit the new Adult Support pages on this website to find out more about the service, workshops and courses that are available to autistic children and young people and their parents and carers, and how to get support. Click here to get started.
- We are holding a face-to-face consultation event in Maidenhead for adults to find out more about the new service and to talk about support they would like to see on Friday, December 16. It will take place in the cafe at Maidenhead Library, in St Ives Road, at 11am. If you are not able to attend this event, but would like to have a say about the kinds of support you would like to see the service provide, please click here and complete our quick online questionnaire.