Horizons is a specialist day centre in Godalming for autistic adults. It is an ideal place to learn more about living with autism, receive support with education and training, and socialise. We offer many groups, activities and classes that enable people to follow their interests and develop their skills with the help of our experienced staff.
Horizons is open to anyone with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome. It is in the High Street, letting us make the most of the town's amenities. We are easy to reach on foot, by bus or train.
At the Horizons day centre itself we have rooms dedicated to office training, IT, games and relaxation and two classrooms. We also help people to use community resources including local colleges.
The service offers a varied programme of activities to suit the needs of the individual.
Leisure and learning activities
The ultimate aim of all the programmes we run at Horizons is to help people to gain in confidence and to become more independent. Every person needs different support and training to achieve this, so each has a personal plan. They pick sessions which suit their needs and choose which days to attend.
Below are some examples of the activities we offer – there are many more and we are always open to new ideas.
Several times a year everyone who uses our day services gets together with families and staff: we create our own pantomime, run a sports day and hold parties in the summer and at Christmas, as well as many other gatherings and special days.
In our day services we use SPELL and TEACCH. These approaches provide essential structure and a means of clear communication designed to support people with autism.
The activities and support we offer
At our daytime hub:
- communication and social skills training
- support with emotional and behaviour management
- pre-employment and employment support
- art and pottery
- money management
- first aid and safety.
In the community:
- ICT, numeracy and literacy and pre-employment skills at Godalming Business College
- adult education classes, for example in tai chi, pottery and art
- support at work
- leisure activities including swimming, rock climbing, trampolining, skiing and skating
- trips to cafes, pubs and restaurants
- visits to museums, the theatre and cinema.
Because helping people to become more independent is so central to what we do, we see it as vital that they take responsibility for building their own programme. We work closely with each person to enable them choose the activities that will best suit them, extend their skills and allow them to pursue their passions. We involve family, carers, friends and staff in the planning process too.
Every member of our team is trained to understand autism and Asperger syndrome, and how they affect people's lives. They learn specialist techniques which help them support people effectively, and continue to develop a deep knowledge and experience of working with autistic people throughout their careers.
Horizons does not offer a drop-in service. Booked visits arranged with the manager are welcomed throughout the year. How to find us
How to access our support
There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.