Social group launches for adults with autism

PEOPLE with autism in Thirsk will now have more opportunities to take part in social activities, thanks to a new group that is being launched by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism, their parents and carers.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the charity is holding an information drop-in event Monday 30 January 2012 between 5-7pm for people to find out more about joining the group.

Area Manager Heidi Shepherd says: “People with autism often struggle to access the same social opportunities as others in the community and social groups go a long way to help overcome the isolation that those with autism sometimes face.

“Only 15% are in full time employment so they often do not get to meet people through work either.

“Our new social groups will meet regularly and enjoy activities such as going for meals, bowling or to the cinema.

If you would like to find out more please come along to the meeting or email: yorkshiresocialgroups@nas.org.uk for an application form.”

The event will take place at: 11 Concept Court, Allendale Road, Thirsk YO7 3NY.

Members of the groups will be encouraged to plan and make decisions about what they do at the sessions.