Basically there's not much in the way of adult support groups in the Liverpool/Wirral area so I resorted to setting my own one up.
I have started up all the social media for it and would really appreciate it if you guys took a look. The more interest I get online, the easier it will be for me to start a monthly meet up alternating between Liverpool and Wirral, look into funding etc. Our mission statement is here: https://www.facebook.com/merseysideautisticadults/posts/2235971603311792
Anyway, here are the social media links:
Instagram: https://instagram.com/merseysideautisticadults/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MerseyAutisticFacebook: https://facebook.com/merseysideautisticadults/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(Hopefully we will have an email newsletter running in the near future).
This is fantastic news. I wish I lived close enough to come along. We definitely need more groups like this. They seem to be very few and far between.
Whereabouts do you live? Currently my nearest group is in Chester - it takes me an hour to get there on a noisy busy train.
My teenage niece tried one near us but it seemed to be aimed more at autistic people with complex learning difficulties. I hesitate to use the word 'lower functioning' as it can be a source of debate in autistic circles.
I live in North East England fairly close to Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington. At the moment I have 5 part-time jobs which limits time and energy available to travel to a group.
I'm also awaiting the outcome of my ASD assessment. Feeling exhausted by all the listening, thinking and talking I've been doing in sessions with psychologists!
HelloLyddybird, that’s a wonderful idea. I’m newly diagnosed and in the Merseyside area too and would really like to come along to something like this. Like you say there isn’t anything much in the area and it would be great to meet some people in a similar situation. I’ll try to get in touch via Facebook too. :o)
Are the five jobs for financial reasons or because it suits you better to have an arrangement like that? It does sound like a lot of juggling!
I understand, I had a bit of a downer after mine because it was uncomfortable going through my whole life from start to finish. I was only diagnosed this September. Good luck with that, hopefully it should help make things a little clearer.
Hi Zomted! That's brilliant and much appreciated. There are a couple of people interested at this stage, so hopefully that will only continue to grow over the next few days. I was only diagnosed this September so I can relate :)
I'm the main wage earner so I need to work quite a few hours. I'd prefer one job as life would be much simpler but funding cuts are making that difficult. A diagnosis would enable me to ask for workplace adjustments.
I'm putting off going through the next few chapters of my life at the moment. So much to look back on, such a lot of which only really makes sense now!
Lots of responsibility. I admire your work ethic, you should be really proud of yourself.
It's definitely a good idea to have an interval of reflection between those chapters.
What's the saying... all work and no play... I need a better work life balance! One of the psychologists who contacted me tonight seems to think they've got all the information they need now. Although I keep thinking of new and better examples I could give them, probably best to let them get on with reaching their conclusions now!
Just wanted to add my thanks for what your doing, meeting up and just talking to like minded people is such a good way of accepting there is nothing at all wrong with any of us, we see and feel things in a different way not a wrong one.
Good luck and I hope you get a meet going soon.
I am based more Oxfordshire area. Not looked to hard but found a regular meeting held in a pub during the quite times, and tea and coffee plentiful, no pressure to join in and apparently quite a few turn up.
where I am working right now we park beside a “ resource “ centre, most attending are with issues, they do crafts and such things,
I got talking to one who said it was the best thing she does, stating the years of councilling hasn’t helped only caused more issues, she was diagnosed bipolar when young, her son is diagnosed autistic,
I really think she is autistic with a wrong diagnosis, asked her many questions, ticked many boxes,,,I gave her this site and links to Tania marshals site and said said just pop in and read a few accounts from women about your age, it may give you some help understanding who you are. Hope she does.