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LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS and ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

Autism and ADHD Support Group Skye

Autism and ADHD Support Group Skye

This small, friendly group of parents meets fortnightly in Portree and fortnightly in Broadford for a cuppa and a chat. For more information contact Sarah Campbell email sarah31@live.co.uk, telephone 07985 336284 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/884626631568736

ASD Support Group Highland

This is a local Highlands Autism group which supports parents and children either diagnosed or going through assessment.
They also arrange events for children with ASD and children going through  assessment.
They welcome new applications to join the group via
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1823692541287458/

or email :- autismgrouphighland@gmail.com

ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland)

ARGH is an Autistic People's Organisation, run by and for Autistic adults. (18+) They are a collective advocacy, lobbying and campaigning group and promote self-advocacy and access to quality independent advocacy for all autistic people. For more information on membership, alert cards or meeting and event details please see: www.arghighland.co.uk  Email: info@arghighland.co.uk or telephone 01847 851743

Caithness Autism Parent Support Group

Caithness Autism Parent Support Group

This is a small group for parents who live in Caithness. They meet for coffee and a chat in Thurso and Wick. For more information, telephone 07943 764122, email info@capsg.org or visit their website www.capsg.org
 

Connecting Carers

The main goal is to ensure that carers in Highland are fully informed and supported in their caring role, whilst also being enabled to have a life outside of caring. Support services include a carer support line, training courses, support groups and information on grants.

http://www.highlandcommunitycareforum.org.uk/
 

Connecting Young Carers

Provides information and support for young carers aged from 5-18 years. There is a welcome pack, and days out and activities plus support to get grants. A sibling of a young person with autism is a young carer and entitled to use this support.

http://connectingyoungcarers.org/

 

Eden Court – Creative

Eden Court offers a huge range of classes and activities available for young people with additional needs. This includes Hullabaloo (specifically for children with additional support needs) and other classes in filmmaking, drama, dance, animation, theatre, art and more open to everyone.  For more details, contact creative@eden-court.co.uk or phone 01463 239 841.
 

Friends of Autism Highland

This local support group welcomes new members and organises social activities, such as play sessions at Playzone in Inverness. You can see more details about all their local events and contact the group through their website www.friendsofautism.co.uk

or through Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/116903098448176

Or for more information email - friendsofautismhighland@gmail.com

 

Friends of the Birnie

This is a support group for children with additional special needs and their families and carers. The group meet on Wednesdays during term-time at 9.30am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2.30pm. Sessions cost £2, which includes refreshments. Sessions are drop-in, you do not have to stay for the whole two hours, and are supported by a play specialist who does lots of messy play! There is a sensory room and a lovely outdoor musical/sensory garden. For more information, contact Anne on 07886 389 202. 
 

Highlands & Islands Autism Society (HIAS)

Highlands & Islands Autism Society (HIAS)

This is a support group run by parents/carers/friends of people on the autism spectrum. Meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the MacKenzie Centre, Culduthel Road, Inverness. New members are welcome. For more information contact Isobel Geegan on 01463 241469 or email h-i-a-s@hotmail.com.
 

The Hub Youth Club The Hub Youth Club

The club is for young people aged 13-19 years and runs every Thursday in Inverness (at the Highland One Stop Shop on Friars Street) from 5.30-7.30pm. There are also occasional added activities on other days/nights and the club runs through the school holidays. There are lots of different activities to choose from, including gaming, computers, board games and arts and crafts. New members are introduced slowly with a free taster session on the first night, with a parent/carer/support worker present. Depending on the outcome of the taster session, the new member can then attend sessions the next week independently/with support for 2 hours at a cost of £2 per week.
If anyone would like to ask about a free taster session, email hubyouthclubinv@outlook.com. For more details see 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/hubyouthclubinv/about/?ref=page_internal
 
Inverness College Spectrum Support Group

In partnership with Autism Initiatives, the Guidance Team at Inverness College run a regular open support group for students at the College. The group runs on Thursdays in the Beechwood Campus. For further information about this group please contact Claire Kilburn-Young at guidance.ic@uhi.ac.uk or Andrew Denovan (Autism Initiatives) on 01463 717649.

 

Lochaber Autism Support Group

This group meets on the first Saturday of every month in the Salvation Army Hall in Fort William from 10am-12pm. For more information visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/LochaberAutismSupportGroup or email lochaberautism@hotmail.com

Nairn Crafty Carers

Nairn Crafty Carers meet every Monday, 10am-12 noon. Sessions cost £3, which includes tea, coffee and cake. It is open to all carers. Bring along your craft project or get inspired with materials at the shop and have a natter. For more information contact Sarah on 077998 90864 or Vicky on 078855 21710.

The National Autistic Society Nairn Children's Group (Nairn Saturday Club)

10am-12pm, Grigor House, Nairn - every other Saturday - check Facebook for details. A club for children of all ages with additional needs, and their siblings and parents. It is a place for children to play, socialise and do crafts in a safe environment and a chance for parents to chat (it is not a drop-off session; parents remain responsible for their children). Grigor House has a lovely garden and a fabulous sensory room, everyone is really welcoming. For more details see the Facebook page www.facebook.com/nasnairn or email nasnairnchildrensgroup@nas.org.uk 

The National Autistic Society Scotland  - NAS Moray and Nairn Branch

The NAS has a local branch managed by parent volunteers and which welcomes families from Highland. Membership is free, for details please see https://www.facebook.com/nasmorayandnairn  www.nasmorayandnairn.org.uk

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PDA Parent Support Group Highland

This group aims to bring awareness of Pathological Demand Avoidance to parents and carers in Highland. They can provide support and information about PDA and hold monthly meetings.

Find out more by hjoining their closed Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/309446706530054/

The Pines Autism Support Groups

The National Autistic Society Scotland and Chip+ facilitate support sessions at the Pines in Inverness. There are regular groups for parents and carers. This includes information sessions led by an external speaker and coffee mornings for new parents/carers (with a child who has had a recent diagnosis or who is still in assessment). For details see the Pines website calendar or call 01463 720056/ 01463 711189. Sessions are available for parents and carers (who do not need to book) and professionals (please book by calling 01463 720030 or email the.pines@highland.gov.uk.
The list for 2018 can be downloaded:  2018 Pines Autism Information Session Dates.docx

The Pines sessions welcome anyone with a child diagnosed or in assessment for any neurological condition such as autism, DCD and ADHD.

 

 

Are you looking for activity ideas too? Here are some suggestions:

 

TRAMPOLINING Image result for infinity inverness

Infinity Trampoline Park in Inverness run autism friendly sessions:  https://infinityinverness.co.uk/autism-friendly/

 

RELAXATION Image result for relax kids

Try some relaxation classes with Relax Kids Inverness https://www.facebook.com/RKInverness/

 

WEEKEND/SUMMER ACTIVITY BREAKS Image result for reach4reality

Having fun outside and making new friends with Reach4Reality: http://reach4reality.org.uk/

 

HORSE RIDING Image result for broomhill black isle riding centre

An RDA centre on the Black Isle http://www.broomhill-ridingcentre.co.uk/

 

SWIMMING Image result for highland disability swim team

The Highland Disability Swim Team have autistic members: https://www.facebook.com/Highland-Disability-Swim-Team-237274906315574/

 

SNOWSPORTS Image result for disability snowsports

 Disability Snowsports – very happy to help young autistic people: http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/About-Us/About-Disability-Snowsport-UK.aspx

 

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Code club Inverness: http://codeinverness.club/

 

 

The Pines
Drummond Road,
Inverness
IV2 4NZ

01463 720 030
The.pines@highland.gov.uk