Autism Peer Support Groups

We’re delighted to now be able to offer a pilot Autism Peer Support Group service for adult women and non-binary people in Coventry and Warwickshire. This service will be expanding through 2024 and is open to residents of Coventry and Warwickshire only.

This pilot service will be aimed at women and non-binary people over 18 with a late diagnosis (self-diagnosis is valid) or on the pathway to an autism diagnosis. The sessions will create a safe space for the group members to explore their feelings re: being diagnosed and their future hopes. It will move away from a pathologising medical model of autism that does not present a positive future for autistic people but will recognise that it may take time for members to work through years of masking and being gaslit.

We want group members to have a renewed sense of self-compassion and self-esteem and to experience Our trained Autism Peer Support Workers will support and validate your experiences as well as answering any questions about diagnosis and what it means to be autistic including exploring co-occurrences such as with ADHD and Alexithymia. The sessions will allow the group members to learn about their others’ experiences of being neurodivergent and build an important sense of community.

There are limited funded places for this service and we expect them to fill quickly.

Details are as follows:

  • Open to women and non-binary people aged 18 and above living in Coventry or Warwickshire who have a medical or self diagnosis of autism or are awaiting one.
  • Sessions will be in person at venues across Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • If sessions need to be virtual over Zoom (there will be no requirement to have the camera turned on or to speak if the young person would prefer to type in the chat, and peer support workers can turn off their cameras if preferred and just share screens) members will be told in advance.
  • There will be 10 sessions of one hour each for the group members, who will then have the option to join a moderated online group of other group members to further build a supportive community which will be maintained after formal sessions end.
  • All of our autism peer support workers are neurodivergent themselves and will bring their own relatable experience of being diagnosed as an adult to the sessions.
  • Each peer support worker is DBS-checked, has had safeguarding training and has previous experience of mentoring or working with autistic people.

The peer support programme has been specifically designed by autistic people in the framework of the NHS’s Peer Support Programme and all our Peer Support Workers have attended NHS Autism Peer Support Worker training.

Before applying please check that you are eligible on the criteria above and read our Admissions Policy along with our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Our first group is in Harbury, near Southam and Leamington Spa on Tuesday evenings, starting after Easter.

To apply for the service, please complete the form below

Those who are unsuccessful in obtaining one of our limited number of funded places will be put on a waiting list while we pursue more funding.

This service has been made possible thanks to funding from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust.