Recent SAFE initiatives that have been made possible through fundraising include:
SAFE STUFF (Social Training Using Fun & Friendship)
SAFE STUFF is for our younger group of children aged 8-12 years with Asperger syndrome. Over 100 children have been using a variety of art forms such as drama, dance, poetry, pottery-making, arts and crafts, plus visiting places of interest to the young people as well as taking part in special workshops as a way of learning concrete skills in group social interaction and team building. This project is a continuing success with parents who have commented on how well their children have learned how to interact and make new friends.
SAFE Youth Activity Clubs
Evolving from our social skills courses for children with Asperger syndrome, SAFE holds a regular youth club in the south of the county where young people aged 13 to 21 years old are able to take part in a wide range of activities including bowling, swimming, rock-climbing, camping, boating, and social events. These clubs continue to be hugely successful in developing friendships and social understanding amongst the young people involved.
HUB CLUB Southend
Southend Borough Council’s Early Help Community Team, in partnership with SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex), runs a group for young people with Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism in Southend.
This project is open to secondary school-age students (11-16) with a diagnosis of Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism and aims to support them by providing a space where they can be themselves, practice social skills, and spend time relaxing and having fun. Parents/carers are invited to stay at the session and and support is provided for them too.
This is group usually meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6pm until 7.30pm at The Hub, 1-3 Cluny Square, Southend, SS2 4AF.
For more information, please contact Andrea our Development Worker at [email protected].
A.S.A.P. (Asperger Syndrome Adults and Parents)
ASAP is SAFE’s adult group for those aged 17+ with Asperger syndrome. The group meets monthly to deal with issues particular to adults such as independent living, supported employment and training, social communication and interaction skills, adult social care, friendships and relationships, mental health and carers’ issues. Members also receive monthly newsletters with further advice and information.
Our monthly meetings cover the whole county and take place in Chelmsford or Southend, with specialist speakers talking on a variety of topics of interest to our adult members and their families. Every SAFE member over l7 years of age is welcome to join us, either with or without their families. Contact Carolann Jackson for more information by email [email protected]
SAFE Face-To-Face Sessions
Every Monday between 10 am and noon at Trust Links, 47 Fairfax Dr, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9AG, SAFE Members can book a one hour ‘slot’ to chat on a one-to-one basis about any difficulties they are experiencing connected to their AS/HFA or that of their child’s. SAFE’s Development Worker will endeavour to assist and ‘signpost’ them in the right direction.
Contact Andrea our Development Worker if you would like to book a ‘slot’ at [email protected].
SAFE SPA (Social Participation for Asperger’s)
This group offers adult members (18+) with Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism an opportunity to get together socially during the day.
Meetings take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10.30 am until noon at Clarence Road Baptist Church, 6 Clarence Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1AN.
For further details, please contact Andrea at [email protected].
SAFE Women’s Group
The SAFE Women’s Group is for any woman (over 18) who is autistic or strongly suspects they are autistic and is held from 10.30am until noon on the second Friday of each month in a private meeting room at Clarence Road Baptist Church, 6 Clarence Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1AN.
At each meeting we discuss topics including some of the challenges of being a woman on the Spectrum, but some of the positives too.
This is a small and friendly group where members can talk in complete confidence and where they are made most welcome.
Each month there is a discussion topic decided by the group and the session follows the following format:
1030 – 1050 Hrs – Welcome and general catch-up
1055 – 1145 Hrs – Topic discussion
1145 – 1200 Hrs – Close
SAFE SPOUSES Group
This group is for members of SAFE that have a partner or spouse that has, or they suspect has AS/HFA.
Members are able to meet up with others to share their experiences in a safe, confidential and very friendly group.
Meetings take place from 7.30pm until 9pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Strawberry Field, Thanet Grange, Off Prince Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6GB .
For further details, please contact Andrea at [email protected].
SAFE Coffee Morning
This friendly group of adults with AS/HFA and parents usually meets up on the third Friday of each month from 10am until noon at Wetherspoons, The Roebuck, 138 High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7BU.
SAFE South Support Group
HUB CLUB MID ESSEX
This project is open to secondary school-age students (11-16) with a diagnosis of Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism in Mid Essex and aims to support them by providing a space where they can be themselves, practice social skills, and spend time relaxing and having fun. Parents/carers are invited to stay at the session and and support is provided for them too.
This group usually meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6.30pm until 8.00pm at 6th Form Cafe, Trinity Square, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5JU.
For more information, please contact Andrea our Development Worker at [email protected]
ALPHA SIGMA DELTA
This group usually meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7.00;pm until 8.30 pm at The MegaCentre, 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh.
Is your daughter socially isolated as she finds it difficult to engage with others due to a lack of understanding of small talk and other social conventions; does she struggle to be around others for long periods of time?
Do you find it impossible to have a social life due to your child’s needs and also feel isolated as you do not know anyone experiencing similar problems?
Alpha Sigma Delta is a group that enables girls with autism and their parents to come together on a regular basis to make friends and form lasting relationships in a safe and friendly environment.
Do you have a daughter who has social and communication difficulties (it is not essential that she has a formal diagnosis)? Would you like to meet other parents to share advice and peer support?
If you do and your daughter is in the last year of primary school or is older, please contact SAFE’s Development Worker at [email protected] for further details.
Anyone wishing to participate in any of our activities must be a registered member of SAFE. We need your help to continue to run these projects which have had such a positive impact on hundreds of people with Asperger syndrome living across Essex. Any contribution given will be greatly appreciated and will help our group develop into members of society capable of reaching their full potential.