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If you or someone a partner or a family member has Aspergers, is autistic, or has another similar neurodivergent profile, you may be interested in joining one of our Peer Support Groups.


AV's peer support groups are a great place to meet others who share your experience of Aspergers or autism, to exchange advice, or to just escape from the outside world into a space where you know that the others in the group understand what you're going through. Peer support groups are often the first option we suggest to people contacting AV for the first time, as this often helps the person to find a few contacts and to experience that feeling of realising that you have a community of support available.


Who runs AV Peer Support Groups?

All of our peer support groups are run by volunteers who are peers of their group - they share their group attendees' perspective and experience of Aspergers or autism. Group leaders and attendees may also have experience of another peer support group, for example having Aspergers or being autistic, as well as being a parent of a neurodivergent young person. All AV volunteers hold valid Working With Children Checks.


Who can attend?

AV peer support groups are open to AV members as well as non-members. New attendees are always welcome at all of our peer support group meetings, and we invite all first-time attendees to register for free! If you would like to try out an AV Peer Support Group, please contact our AV Admin Team - let us know which group you would like to try out and we will send you the code to register for free! AV peer support groups are open to peers at all stages of the diagnosis journey, including self-identified.


Please note that our peer support groups are for peers only and attendees do need to be able to participate independently. We invite partners, parents and carers to attend their own peer support groups. For our Teens Group, as the attendees are under 18 years, a parent or carer must attend each event with their teen. Please visit the Teens Group page for more information.


How can I register?

When you have found a peer group meeting in the calendar below which suits your needs, just click on the "Register" link on the left! This will take you through the registration process.

If you have any questions about this process or need more information, please contact our AV Admin Team.



    Meeting schedule

    Updated: January 2022

    We understand that many within our community are keen to return to in-person gatherings as soon as possible. The health and safety of our team and of our community is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Melbourne and continuing to communicate with our Group Leaders and venues as we work towards regularly returning to in-person peer group meetings.


    Please check the peer group meeting calendar below to find out if our next meeting is online via Zoom or in person.

    Aspergers Victoria Group Values and Approach:

    • A Positive Strengths Mindset: We see possibilities, strengths and talents, not problems or deficits
    • A Growth Mindset: We pursue goals through continual learning from each other equally and share that knowledge; we don’t judge ourselves or others
    • Empowerment: We listen, support and encourage others to grow
    • Empathy: We try to understand another’s situation and help, if asked
    • Trust: We value the privacy and confidentiality of others in and outside of the group
    • Respect: We acknowledge the wishes and rights of others and believe we are responsible for our own behaviour

    We call this the AV Groups Way. We expect attendees to abide by this in our events, activities and meetings. Our Peer Volunteers are NOT counsellors or therapists and cannot provide support for mental health issues.  

    AV’s Commitment to Child Safety

    Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. All adults are required to manage & report on child safety under our laws. AV has adopted the Victorian Child Safe Standards and the 10 National Principles for Child Safe Standards.  If you feel unsafe or if you know someone who feels unsafe, please REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY to an AV team member or authorities.

    OUR PEER MEETINGS AIM TO EMPOWER ATTENDEES THROUGH DISCOVERING:

    COMMUNITY Our groups create a sense of belonging to a community with like-minded, supportive peers with lived experience

    RESILIENCE through ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Self-Regulation’ learning

    CONFIDENCE through a focus on appreciation of strengths, special interests and abilities

    SELF-DETERMINATION and independence through mentoring and learning

    FRIENDSHIP and social experience through regular peer gatherings. Reduce isolation, perceived stigma plus builds friendship and trust through regular contact with the group

    KNOWLEDGE shared in the group about how to extend or enjoy strengths, and ways to manage challenges 

    Ultimately our gatherings aim to support self-esteem and, confidence and self-empowerment, to determine your own life independently, including areas of physical and mental health, relationships, employment, finance, housing, special interests and self-reliance. It could be regarded as a social networking program for Aspergers - without therapy.



    AV Peer support groups

    Upcoming Peer Group Meetings

      • 1 Dec 2022
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East
      • 0
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      Young Adults Hub: December

      - in person meeting


      About the Young Adults Group

      Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


      As the November meeting is so late in the month and as the December meeting will be during AV's end of year closure period, we are combining the two and going out for a group dinner. We are going to the Pancake Parlour in Malvern. 


      About our Group Leaders

      The session is facilitated by the Young Adults Group team:

      • Matthew - YA Group Leader
      • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
      • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors

      All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


      Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

      Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

      Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community. If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


      Venue Information

      Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East

      Pancake Parlour website

      Pancake Parlour menu online

      Pancake Parlour - Malvern East in Google Maps

      Transport: Buses 623, 624, 767 903 stops approx. 250m. On-site undercover parking.

      Accessibility: accessible parking, ramp access, accessible toilet.


      We have reserved seating for up to 40 people in the private function room where we will be able to control the sound level a little.

      You will be able to order from the full menu (including savoury, sweet and vegan options) and pay individually at the bar as you order.

      There is no minimum spend requirement. 


      Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

      For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

      In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

      NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


      Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


      For assistance or more information

      • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
      • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

      • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

      • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


      AV Privacy Policy

      AV Event T&Cs

      • 3 Dec 2022
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      Register



      Women & Non-Binary Folk Group: December

      - online meeting


      About our Group

      Our Women's & Non-Binary Group is a great place to connect with other Aspergers autistic women (cis and trans) and non-binary folk to chat about your experiences, share ideas, exchange advice, and support each other. You are also welcome to attend our Adults Group or our Young Adults Group, or all three!


      This session is facilitated by our Women's & NB Group Leader.

      All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


      Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees.

      Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

      Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team do for our community.

      If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


      Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

      For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

      First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting. Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


      Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


        For assistance or more information

        • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

        • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

        • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

        • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


          AV Privacy Policy

          AV Event T&Cs

          • 8 Dec 2022
          • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register


          Parents & Carers Group: December

          - online meeting


          About the Parents & Carers Group

          This is an online peer support meeting open to all parents and carers of Aspergers / autistic children, teens or adults to meet, chat, exchange ideas and find support.


          About our Group Leaders

          Our Online Parents & Carers Group Leaders are Jenny, Toni, and Sue.

          All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


          Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

          Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

          Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

          If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


          Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

          For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting.

          NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


          Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


          For assistance or more information

          • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

          • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

          • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

          • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


          AV Privacy Policy

          AV Event Terms & Conditions

            • 9 Dec 2022
            • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
            • Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood
            • 6
            Register

            Teens Group: December

            - in person meeting (games night)


            About our Group

            Our Teens group is for teens with Aspergers, autistic teens, and those with a similar neurodivergent profile to meet and hang out to play games or chat while their parents / carers meet in another room at the same venue to chat, provide support and share ideas and advice.


            • Teens will be supervised by our Teens Mentors.
            • In another room at the same venue, parents will be met by our Parents Contact to chat and exchange experiences.


            The Teens Team:

            • Callan T, Callan B, Jack D, Sunny - Volunteer Mentors


            All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV volunteers have a Working with Children Check.


            Each teen must be accompanied by one parent or carer.

            A parent or carer must attend with their teen and must remain on site for the duration of the activity.

            We understand that another parent or family member may wish to join the activity, however we can only accommodate one adult per registered teen, and we are unable to accommodate additional adults on the night.


            Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

            Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

            If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


            Venue Information

            Power Neighbourhood House - 54 Power Avenue, Ashwood, 3145

            Power Neighbourhood House website

            Power Neighbourhood House on Google Maps

            Public transport: Holmesglen Station (700m). 624 bus (stops outside). On-street parking.

            Accessibility: Ramp access at front and rear, accessible bathroom.


            Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

            In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting. 

            NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


            To register your teen and their accompanying adult

            - Please enter the name of the parent or carer accompanying your teen at the start of the registration process.

            - Please enter your teen's details where requested in the registration form.

            The registration form will ask you for the name and age of your teen. It will also ask you for the contact phone number of the parent or carer attending with the teen.

            If you need assistance or if you have more than one teen attending, please contact our AV admin team before registering.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


            Privacy Policy

            AV Event Terms & Conditions

            • 15 Dec 2022
            • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
            • Balaclava Hotel - 123 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East
            • 12
            Register


            Adults Group: December

            - in person meeting


            About the Adults Group

            Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

            As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.


            In December, we are having a social night out at the Balaclava Hotel. The start time is a little earlier to allow attendees to order and enjoy a meal, and we have included a link to the menu below.


            About our Group Leaders

            This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


            Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members, FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and for first-time attendees

            Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for groups and events, members-only programs, and to support the work our volunteers and staff team do for our community.


            If cost is a barrier, please contact Jenni.


            Venue information

            Balaclava Hotel - 123 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East

            Balaclava Hotel

            Balaclava Hotel on Google Maps

            Public transport: Tram routes 3 / 3a, 16, 78. Balaclava station (Sandringham Line) - 290m. 

            Parking: some street parking.

            Menu


            Anyone wanting to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

            In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered.

            NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10. Please note that first-time attendee tickets must be requested before the meeting and are not available at the door.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            If you have further questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team.

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email us.
            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


            AV Privacy Policy

            AV Event T&Cs

            • 15 Dec 2022
            • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
            • Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East
            • 13
            Register

            Partners Group: December

            - in person meeting


            About our Partners Group

            Join our Partners Peer Support Group to meet other adults who are or who have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or has a similar neurodivergent profile. Sharing experiences within the safe environment of our peer support meetings can be a lifeline, and sharing with people who have similar lived experience is validating and often educational. Your partner may be self-diagnosed or have a formal diagnosis, and you may share a household or live separately. We are an inclusive group and welcome partners of all genders and relationship types.

            For the last gathering of the year, we're going to the Pancake Parlour in Malvern for a group dinner.


            This session is facilitated by our Partners Group Leaders. All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees.


            Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, FREE for +Groups membership holders and first-time attendees.

            Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

            If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


            Venue Information

            Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East

            Pancake Parlour website

            Pancake Parlour menu online

            Pancake Parlour - Malvern East in Google Maps

            Transport: Buses 623, 624, 767 903 stops approx. 250m. On-site undercover parking.

            Accessibility: accessible parking, ramp access, accessible toilet.


            We have reserved seating for up to 20 people. 
            You will be able to order from the full menu (including savoury, sweet and vegan options) and pay individually at the bar as you order.

            There is no minimum spend requirement.


            Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For in-person events, this allows us to ensure that we have enough volunteers attending on the night to support the group, and to ensure that the venue can safely accommodate all attendees.

            In the event that the activity is cancelled or transferred to an online meeting, we will only be able to let you know if you have registered. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting.

            NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


            Privacy Policy

            AV Event Terms & Conditions

            • 20 Dec 2022
            • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
            • Online via Zoom
            Register


            Adults Group: December

            - online meeting


            About the Adults Group

            Our Adults Group is for older members of the Aspergers autistic community and those with other similar neurodivergent profiles. It is more suitable for those who are aged 35 years and over, although younger adults are welcome to join in. (Young adults may prefer to attend our Young Adults group meetings as well as or instead of this group.)

            As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to join our separate Parents & Carers Group.

            This meeting will be online via Zoom. We have included more information about Zoom and how to access the meeting below.


            About our Group Leaders

            This session is facilitated by the Adults Group Leader, Colin.

            All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV group leaders have a Working with Children Check.


            Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

            Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

            If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


            Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For online events, you need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

            Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.
            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


            AV Privacy Policy

            AV Event T&Cs

            • 19 Jan 2023
            • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
            • Online via Zoom
            Register



            Young Adults Group: January

            - online meeting


            About our Group

            Our Young Adults group is a great place for Aspergers, autistic and other similar neurodivergent profile adults aged 18 years - 35 years (approx.) to meet, chat, and play games with no social pressure. As this is a parent/carer-free zone, we invite any parents or carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers group.


            The session is facilitated by the Young Adult team:

            • Matthew - YA Group Leader
            • Lyndel - Young Adults Co-Facilitator
            • Cal, Eleanor, Tim, Todd - YA Mentors


            All AV volunteer group leaders are peers of their group participants and welcome new attendees. All AV volunteers have a Working with Children Check.


            Cost: $5 for AV members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership and first-time attendees.

            Community Guide: About our free* first-time attendee ticket

            Become an AV member today to access discounted tickets for activities, members-only programs and interest groups, and to support the work our AV team does for our community.

            If cost is a barrier, please contact our AV admin team.


            Anyone wishing to attend an AV activity must register before attending.

            For online events, you will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link / Discord link. First-time attendee tickets must be requested at least 24 hours before the meeting. 

            NB: Unregistered attendees may incur an admin fee of up to $10.


            Community Guides (step by step information to support our community)


            For assistance or more information

            • Call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

            • The AV phone is switched on from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

            • Tech and admin support for after-hours activities is available by phone call only starting an hour before the activity start time until the scheduled activity end time.

            • Please note that our email inbox is not monitored outside business hours.


            AV Privacy Policy

            AV Event T&Cs

          AV Peer Support Groups - Disclaimer:

          AV Peer Support Groups are not able to provide professional advice, therapy, medical advice, counselling, crisis management or case management. Our volunteer group leaders are volunteer peers: they are not mental health professionals and they are not qualified to provide crisis support or to fill the role of carer for any attendees. Attendees requiring a carer or support worker present may need to re-assess suitability before attending.  If you are looking for mental health crisis support, please visit our Professionals Directory  or browse our list of organisations offering crisis support.

          AV has become aware of groups using the AV logo or name to promote services or groups without AV approval. AV cannot provide any assurance of the quality of any group not coordinated by AV and not listed in the links above. They will not be covered by our insurance, they will not have AV Group Leader training and we cannot confirm that the quality of support they deliver fits within AV standards.


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