In 2013 Autism Hampshire started a project to develop a cross county network of social groups for adults on the autism spectrum, which we named the Serendipity Social Group project. Our pilot group at the Highlands Hub in Fareham is still going strong.
The Serendipity Social groups are small, user led social groups, facilitated
by volunteers. The groups are for adults who would traditionally be considered
to have high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. There are groups across
the county and many of the groups are led by people who are on the autism
spectrum. The team at Autism Hampshire support the volunteer facilitators and
help to co-ordinate the groups.
The project was funded for 2 years by the Three Guineas Trust and Hampshire
County Council. It was very important for us to find a way to create a
sustainable model, hence the use of volunteers and free community venues such
as libraries, pubs or community cafes. Autism Hampshire are committed to
continue to provide a co-ordinator for the groups who supports the existing
volunteers and the development of new groups.
For up to date information about the Serendipity Social Groups, including
times and dates, you can look at the Serendipity Social Groups Facebook page or
contact Autism Hampshire Community Access.
If you would like to volunteer and run a group in your area do get in touch.
We are keen to start as many groups as possible.