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Family Support

Autism Jersey just feels like a community. Everybody’s welcoming, nobody is judgmental. Everyone’s got a real passion that they care

We are here for you. Family Support is a vital part of our work. Whether you want to speak to other parents to share ideas, you need a befriender, or you just need some information, please get in touch.

For more information on any of the services below, contact Jaclyn Le Crom on 871888 or email j.lecrom@autismjersey.org.

Holiday Club

Holidays can be crisis points. My son loves the holiday club, and it means that his sister can have ‘normal’ time and enjoy something for herself

Autism Jersey provides autism-specific holiday clubs for primary school-aged children during the Easter and summer holidays in a fun and safe environment. The holiday club is registered with the States’ Childcare and Early Years Service and is facilitated by autism-trained staff, who are police-checked and trained in first aid.

2018 dates
Summer: Monday 23 July – Friday 10 August

Befriending

boy in fountainsA befriender can be matched with children and adults with an autism spectrum condition, or their brothers and sisters, or parents and guardians.

A befriender might sit down to help with homework, spend time at home doing arts and crafts, or just be a listening ear for family members. Or they may go out and about and be an extra pair of hands on a family trip to the beach, or they may go on outings to the cinema, go for a meal or go swimming.

At Autism Jersey we take a great deal of time and care to match volunteers with their families. We look at many factors, such as things you may have in common, times that everyone is available, where people live, age group and needs. It is important that we get it right, so the experience is positive for everyone involved.

Read Carina’s experience of befriending here.

Read Jenna’s experience of befriending here.

What our members say:

‘Our befriender is like a big brother to our son. They do things that a teenager doesn’t want to do with his Mum and Dad’

‘Having a befriender has been great. I get the chance to spend time with my other children, knowing that my autistic child is having fun’

‘Having a befriender meant that my youngest son and daughter could go out and enjoy things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do with their autistic sibling’

‘I really enjoy going out to have a game of snooker or to go bowling with my befriender’

‘Without my befriender I wouldn’t be able to get the bus into town and go to the library’

Siblings Group

Our Siblings group, re-established in January 2018, runs once a month on a Sunday. It gives brothers and sisters of a child who is on the autism spectrum the chance to enjoy their own time. They can join in with fun activities and also meet others in a similar situation so they can share experiences.

The group also offers a chance for siblings to ask questions and find out more information about autism.

Counselling

Autism Jersey now offers a Counselling Service to parents and carers of young people with autism. This has proved to be an invaluable service to members since it was introduced at the end of 2013. We adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s moral and ethical code of good practice.

Sensory Library

Autism Jersey have a new lending library of sensory aids, thanks to some fundraising by our friends at CPA Global and from money raised at St Martin’s Bonfire Night 2017.

You can borrow items to see if they are beneficial before buying what can sometimes be quite a pricy purchase.

Read more here.

Support for Parents

One of the most important things that Autism Jersey does is introduce parents so that they can create their own support network and empower themselves and make friends with those who understand.

George
(Picture: Danny Richardson)

A group of parents have got together to support each other. They meet regularly for coffee mornings and weekend events, and in the school holidays they have meeting points twice a week.

This provides an invaluable friendship network for people who are facing similar issues. They have set up a closed support group on Facebook to provide 24/7 support to each other.