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Young Adults Group

Are you a young adult aged 18 to 35 who has Aspergers, is autistic, or who has another similar neurodivergent profile? 

Are you looking for a group of peers who share your experience who you can meet, chat to, exchange stories, play games, experiences, and generally have fun with?

Then our Young Adults Group may be what you're looking for!


Who is this group for?

Our Young Adults group is for people aged 18 to around 35 who have Aspergers, are autistic, or who have another similar neurodivergent profile, who are no longer enrolled in secondary education. We are inclusive of all genders and we welcome young adults at all stages of the diagnostic journey, including self-identified.

As this group is a parent/carer free zone, we invite parents and carers to attend our separate Parents & Carers Group.


When and where does this group meet?

The Young Adults Group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Our in-person meetings are 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 Young Adults Group, facilitated by our Group Leader, is an informal social group: we meet, chat, and play games, with no social pressure. At our in-person meetings, our Young Adults Mentors run board games and facilitate general discussion. At our online meetings, we have several break-out rooms available for chatting and online games. 

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 the next meeting date is not yet visible below, we invite you to add your name to the AV mailing list by following the steps below and we will contact you when registrations open.


Join the AV Mailing List

If you're interested in receiving emails from AV about this group including upcoming meeting announcements, please add your name to our AV mailing list. Visit the Join our AV Mailing List page, enter your first name and your email address, and make sure you tick "Peer Support Groups - Young Adults" as an area of interest, as well as any other topics you're interested in, and we'll include you in future emails.



If you would like more information, please contact the Young Adults Group Leader.

Upcoming Group Meetings

    • 1 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pancake Parlour - 682 Warrigal Rd, Malvern East
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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

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    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.


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    • 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

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If you or someone else needs urgent support, please visit our list of organisations offering crisis support.



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