Support for carers of people with Asperger’s

Aspergers Carers Group

The group is a self-help and peer support group.  It meets on the first Monday of every month 1 till 4pm at Rathbone Hospital Library, William House, Mill Lane (off Edge Lane), L13 4AW

contact: John or Alicia Whelan 07887 369 550 for further information, or just come along.

Asperience

Aspirience is a service user led group which is part of the Liverpool Asperger Team, providing feedback and input to the running of the service. Our members have lived experience of Asperger Syndrome (AS) so offer a unique perspective.

Our main objective is to educate and raise awareness of AS to improve services for people across Merseyside. We are working with Mersey Care to provide useful and up-to-date information. Our group also works alongside carers, health professionals and other organisations. We help make local services and their commissioning more effective through our knowledge about the needs of local service users. 

Our group is open to anyone who has an AS diagnosis, who has used the Liverpool Asperger Team and would like to take part in decision making on how services should be run. We would like to invite new members to join the group. We would also like to invite staff across Mersey Care to contact the group if they would like to develop their understanding of Asperger’s.

We are currently running a drop in service which provides information, training and a place to meet others with Asperger’s. Please see the flier and contact us if you would like further information.

The group meets every Wednesday 10.00am till 11.00am at Old Swan Youth Club, 23 Derby Lane, Liverpool, L13 6QA.

Outside of term time, the group meets at Rathbone Hospital, Mill Lane, Liverpool, L13 4AQ.

Tel: 0151 737 4800

Please contact Aspirience via Dr Frank Chapman: Frank.Chapman@merseycare.nhs.uk

Learn more here.

 

Asperger Collective is a group of service users, carers and professionals who meet to discuss services and provide a drop in facility to help and support people with Asperger Syndrome and their carers.

 

Liverpool Asperger Team provides diagnosis and after care for people living with Asperger Syndrome. Their base is: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Community Hub, Falklands Approach, Norris Green, Liverpool, L11 5BS. Phone: 0151 737 4800   Fax: 0151 737 4870

 

Sefton Asperger Service provides diagnosis and support for people living with Asperger Syndrome. Their base is: 2nd Floor, Hesketh Centre, 51-55 Albert Road, Southport, PR8 0LT. Phone: 0151 330 6904.

 

The Liverpool and Sefton Asperger Teams offer the following groups to people after a diagnosis and will form part of the care plan:

 

  • Understanding Asperger Syndrome
  • Managing anxiety
  • Social skills.

 

Asperger social hub consists of activity focused social groups which are facilitated by the Liverpool Asperger Team and volunteers. One-hour sessions are offered on Wednesday’s to people who would like to build confidence and connect with other people who have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome.

 

Allotment project in Waltonis run by the Liverpool Asperger Team. This is to provide service users with the opportunity to maintain and grow their own produce as part of promoting health and wellbeing. This is facilitated by staff and the group meet once per week on Monday, 10am to 12 noon.

 

The drop in is a ‘collective’ of service users, carers and professionals who provide a service to help and support people with Asperger Syndrome. It provides a warm and welcoming space for service users and carers to access services, participate in activities of interest, and find out more about what’s available in the community.

The drop in is at 1.00pm to 4.30pm on the last Friday in the month at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 2BE (at the back of Primark).

Social groups are organised by service users and volunteers at Maggie Mays and the Corn Market in Liverpool city centre. Please contact Liverpool Asperger Team for more information.

 

CARERS

 

Asperger Carers Group is a self-help and peer support group and meets on the first Monday of each month 1pm to 4pm at Rathbone Hospital Library, William House, Mill Lane (off Edge Lane), L13 4AW. Contact: John or Alicia Whelan for further information on 07887 369550 - or just come along.

 

Liverpool Carers Centre

Carers Project, Local Solutions, Mount Vernon Green, Hall Lane, Liverpool, L7 8TF.

Phone: 0151 705 2307 or email: HealthandWellbeing@localsolutions.org.uk

 

Sefton Carers Centre

27-37 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Phone: 0151 288 6060 or visit the website www.sefton-carers.org.uk

 

LINKS TO OTHER SERVICES AND ORGANISATIONS

Autism Initiativeshttp://www.autisminitiatives.org

Autism Together http://www.autismtogether.co.uk

Carers Allowancewww.gov.uk/carers-allowance

Carers Trust (Carers Trust 4all) is a network partner of Carers Trust, the UK's largest charity for, with and about carers. Visit the website www.carerstrust4all.org.uk

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Life Rooms is available for information about physical and mental wellbeing, advice on money, housing, community services, employment and volunteering opportunities, including sessions from Liverpool City Council and many others. The Life Rooms is home to Mersey Care Recovery College.

Visit the website www.liferooms.org.uk or email: liferooms@merseycare.nhs.uk

Liverpool City Council Carers Information Pack

www.liverpool.gov.uk/media/2811/carersinfopack.pdf 

National Autistic Society (NAS)http://www.autism.org.uk

NHS Care and Support Guide

www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/what-is-social-care.aspx

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) www.gov.uk/pip

Talk Liverpool provides psychological treatments, sometimes called talking treatments, to help people who have common mental health problems such as feeling stressed, feeling low in mood (depressed) or very nervous (anxiety).

Visit the website: www.talkliverpool.nhs.uk or phone: 0151 228 2300 or email: talkliverpool@merseycare.nhs.uk                          

The Live Well Directory is a partnership development that provides access to support and a broad range of activities that are available to citizens of the region. Visit the websitewww.thelivewelldirectory.com

OTHER INFORMATION

Brain in Hand is an app. used by people with autism or mental health problems. The software is packed with features to help you remember activities, reduce anxiety and feel supported. Visit the website www.braininhand.co.uk  

READING MATERIALS

Jessica Kingsley publishers

Many books are available on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

http://www.jkp.com/uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=autism