The National Autistic Society Northern Ireland provides social groups across both the Northern and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust areas.
Our groups provide adults and teenagers (who attend Teenscene) the chance to overcome social isolation, increase confidence and make friends.
The safe and comfortable environment provided within our groups for adolescents and adults with autism can also help to develop and improve social skills, self esteem, and independence, which in turn can have a positive effect on behaviour.
Members of our groups participate in age appropriate activities within the wider community. We also encourage participants to take ownership of their groups and to work as a team to make decisions about forthcoming activities.
Activities for adults include:
- book club
- bowling club
- cinema club
- lunch club.
Teenscene is our supported youth group service for teenagers with autism and Asperger syndrome aged between 12 and 18 years old. Teenscene gives teenagers a safe, structured environment in which to meet and make friends with other people their own age that may be experiencing similar social difficulties.
In addition, we run a weekly youth club in Carrickfergus (Northern Health and Social Care Trust) which caters for children from 4 years old and up.
Our social groups are free to access.