Autism Networks

Description

Autism Networks (A.N) provide safe social spaces, advice and help for people with Autism, their families and carers, giving them the opportunity to find friends and support and to raise awareness amongst our local Community.

Autism Networks moved into the old British Rail Veterans Institute, Crewe, in September 2006. This was a great opportunity to progress with our long-term aims set out in 2000 These long-term aims included a resource centre where people of all ages affected by autism can find support and social activities.

Due to the nature of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as parents we felt there was no place to visit in our community where we could access social activities as a family. This sometimes breaks up the family unit when trying to find activities and nothing can be found together as it should be in family life.

The Autism Networks Resource Centre has an open-door policy for anyone affected by or interested in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We do have referrals from local authorities and it does not matter if the individual is diagnosed or undiagnosed. We are a registered charity with no other ties to branches or connections with larger charities.

We run 3 evening sessions Monday, Thursday & Friday 18:00 – 21:00.

These sessions are run in a similar way to community centres only they are autism specific. Evenings are a general social evening where service users can get involved with as much or as little as they wish.

Our sessions are centred on the person/s with Autism as they become very obsessive about unusual things so the best planned activity may fail because no two individuals will have the same obsessions.

During our sessions we try to spot opportunities where individuals may have a common social interest i.e. Emmerdale, Topgear, Karaoke, Discos, bowling etc. We will build on those interests with the individuals and try to encourage friendships.

We have piloted a toddler group for young families when they are before or after the diagnostic process. These sessions were very much welcomed and from those sessions we were able to signpost families to vital services for support. The group has now identified that it needs to develop and extend the service as the numbers of families with new diagnosis is steadily increasing and we are also finding an increasing number of individuals contacting us who display Autism traits but who have not received an official diagnosis. We need a coordinated approach to bring together all of the services we have and take them forward and establish additional services within our local community.

Service Details

Locations:
Autism Networks Resource Centre, Prince Albert Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DF (directions displayed on map)
Organisation:
Autism Networks
Service Type:
Information and Advice
Website:
Age Range:
0 to 60
Age Band:
  • Early Years (Under 5)
  • Children (5-18)
  • Young Adults (14-25)
  • Adults (18+)
Cost:
All our sessions are a £1.00 donation on the door
Is a referral required?:
No
Waiting List:
No waiting list
Capacity of service:
Capacity is currently 500 people per month
How is the service provided?:
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Texting
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East
Service operates in the following neighbouring local authorities:
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Staffordshire
Accessibility aids and support available:
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Toilet/Changing Facilities
  • Fully Wheelchair Accessible
Provides support to:
  • People with an autistic spectrum disorder

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Monday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Opening Times - Monday:
18:00 - 21:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
-
Opening Times - Wednesday:
-
Opening Times - Thursday:
18:00 - 21:00
Opening Times - Friday:
18:00 - 21:00
Opening Times - Saturday:
-
Opening Times - Sunday:
-
Additional Opening Times:

This page was last updated on 04 January 2018

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Contact Details

Telephone:
01270 580 444
Email:
admin@autismnetworks.org.uk