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Are you or have you been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile? Then our Partners Group may be what you're looking for! 

Who is this group for?

Our Partners Group is for adults who are or have been in a relationship with someone who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile. Your partner may have a diagnosis, be seeking a diagnosis, or be undiagnosed. We are inclusive of all relationship types and all cohabitation situations, and we welcome partners of all genders. If you (as well as your partner) have Aspergers, are autistic, or have another similar neurodivergent profile, you are also welcome to join.

When and were does this group meet?

The Partners Group meets monthly. We meet online on the first Thursday of each month, and where possible, we have a second meeting on the second Thursday of each month at a community centre in Ashwood in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Our online meetings are held via Zoom.

As COVID is continuing to affect all of AV's group meetings, please check the calendar below to find out if our next meeting is online via Zoom or in person.

What are group meetings like?

Our Partners Group, facilitated by our Partners Group Leader, is an informal discussion group. The Group Leader and Group Assistant, with input from attendees, set a discussion topic each month for the group to chat about. We occasionally invite guest speakers to provide expert advice on particular topics. Past topics include self care, the diagnosis journey, and a guest speaker on reflexology.

You are welcome to join in the discussion or to listen to others as you feel comfortable. In Zoom meetings, you are welcome to have your video and microphone on or off as you feel comfortable, and you can also communicate via the Zoom chat function.

How can I register for the next group meeting?

The next group meeting is listed in the calendar below. If you would like to attend, please click “Register” on the left side and enter your details. If you are joining an AV group meeting for the first time, we invite you to register for a free first-time attendee ticket: please contact our AV admin team to request access code.

If you would like more information about this group, please contact the Partners Group Leader.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 3 Feb 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    Partners Group: Online Meeting
    Topic: Self Care

    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.

    This month, we will be talking about self care. Everyone can benefit from self care: what is self care for me?

    This session is facilitated by our Partners Group Leaders. All AV volunteer group leaders share the lived experience of their group participants and welcome new attendees.

    Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. FREE for holders of a +Groups Membership.

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

    If you are attending an AV group for the first time, you are welcome to register for free using our first-time attendee ticket. Please email our AV admin team to access this.

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

    Do I need to register?

    All attendees to AV's online and in-person groups and events must register before attending. For Zoom meetings, you need to register to access the Zoom details. For in-person meetings, all attendees need to register before attending due to DHHS COVID contact tracing requirements and venue requirements. Please register if you would like to attend to ensure you don't miss out.

    What is Zoom and how do I access the Zoom meeting?

    Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing program. You can download it for free onto your computer or phone/tablet, or you can dial in and participate via your landline or smartphone. When your registration is complete, you will receive a registration confirmation email which includes the Zoom meeting details. We have included more information below about Zoom and how to access the Zoom session.

    You are welcome to have your camera on or off as you prefer. You can also join in the discussion via the chat function via text-based chat function within Zoom. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

    If you have questions about the event, about AV, or need assistance with registering, please contact our AV admin team: call 0480 385 710 or email our AV admin team.

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