Support Groups for parents of young people with Autism

The following support groups can be accessed by parents/carers of children and young people with a diagnosis/ or who are awaiting assessment of autism:

ADD-Vance: http://www.add-vance.org/parents/

ADD-vance is a group of professionals and parents of children affected by ADHD and/ or autism. The group’s mission is to support the families of children affected by these conditions and the professionals involved in their care. The organisation offers monthly support groups (in St. Albans and Hertford) and free training courses on topics such as understanding autism, managing anger and anxiety, understanding sensory needs, and presentation of autism in girls.

The Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society: http://nasherts.webeden.co.uk/

The NAS Hertfordshire branch is run entirely by volunteers and welcomes all autistic adults, children and family members. They organise a number of activities as well as acting as a source of information on local events/services.

It is completely free to join the branch and enables you to access activities and to receive regular updates via email of local events/services.

You can contact the Hertfordshire branch of the NAS through this email: hertfordshire@nas.org.uk

Space (Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children with autism): http://www.spaceherts.org.uk/

Angels Support Group: Autism and ADHD support - http://www.angelssupportgroup.org.uk/ (supports families of children with autism)

Angels is a Hertfordshire-based charity to support families of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (AUTISM). The organisation was formed by, and is led by, parents whose children face similar challenges.

Angels organizes group meetings, workshops and individual support for parents/ carers. Sessions are adult-only time and offer friendship, support and space to share ideas with the aim of reducing any feeling of isolation parents and carers may experience. There is plenty of opportunity to talk freely and discuss issues and concerns with others who can understand the difficulties encountered in raising a child with these conditions.

Families in Focushttps://www.familiesinfocus.co.uk/

Families in Focus CIC provides parenting courses that support parents, grandparents and adoptive parents in their local community to bring harmony, balance and enjoyment to family life. Free courses available across Hertfordshire on topics such as:

  • Handing anger in your family with SEND/AUTISM
  • Complete guide to parenting children with SEND
  • How to get your child with AUTISM/awaiting diagnosis to sleep
  • Parenting a child awaiting diagnosis/who has recently received a diagnosis

Carers in Hertfordshire - http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/

Carers in Hertfordshire is a charitable company that aims to:

  • ensure all carers receive information, advice and support
  • enable carers to participate in service planning and decision making
  • be a platform for the voice of carers

The organization has produced a factsheet that provides a detailed description of the services they offer, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Herts Parent Carer Involvement (HPCI) - http://www.hertsparentcarers.org.uk/

HPCI is a parent carer forum: a group of parents and carers of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities) who work with education, health and social care services and providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of children/young people with SEND and their families.

HPCI is an involvement organisation and as such does the following:

  • provides SEND related information to our parent network
  • organise events
  • recruit, train and support parent carer representatives
  • survey parents about their experiences and views on services
  • work alongside statutory and voluntary sector services providing the parental perspective
  • maintain links with support/voluntary SEND organisations working in Herts