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Autism Jersey

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Autism Jersey is the leading charity in Jersey dedicated to the assistance and support of people on the autism spectrum. The aim of the charity is to enable people with autism to lead a full and inclusive life and enjoy a reasonable degree of independence.

We provide essential support for families, individuals and carers, and have pioneered a number of bespoke services and support packages for both adults and children.

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.

There are approximately 1,000 people in Jersey who are on the autism spectrum. Through the wide range of services we offer, we ensure that these adults and children receive timely intervention to improve the quality of life for them and their families.

Autism Jersey strives to create a network for support and advice for both families and individuals. We offer comprehensive training and we have a lending library of autism-related resources.

Our Boutique gives opportunities to people with autism to engage in meaningful work experience and develop work and social skills while building confidence in a supportive environment.

Please follow these links for more on our services:

Holiday Club

Autism Jersey provides autism-specific holiday clubs for primary school-aged children during the Easter and summer holidays in a fun and safe environment. The holiday club is registered with the States’ Childcare and Early Years Service and is facilitated by autism-trained staff, who are police-checked and trained in first aid.

Children will need to bring a snack and packed lunch daily and also appropriate clothing for weather conditions.

The Holiday club will cost £22 per day. It is possible to book single days if that better suits your family requirements.

Please note that space is limited and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation of your place will only be given upon receipt of your payment, completed application and consent forms and an available space.

Please email the Family Support Team for a booking form along with the required consent forms at familysupport@autismjersey.org.

Support for parents

A group of parents have got together to support each other. They meet regularly for coffee mornings and weekend events, and in the school holidays they have meeting points twice a week.

This provides an invaluable friendship network for people who are facing similar issues. They have set up a closed support group on Facebook to provide 24/7 support to each other.

Please also look out on our Facebook page for Autism Jersey Coffee Mornings which are held monthly at the Seaton Social Club. A member of the Autism Jersey team will be in attendance to offer any support or advice and welcome any feedback.

Befriending

A befriender can be matched with children and adults with an autism spectrum condition, or their brothers and sisters, or parents and guardians.

A befriender might sit down to help with homework, spend time at home doing arts and crafts, or just be a listening ear for family members. Or they may go out and about and be an extra pair of hands on a family trip to the beach, or they may go on outings to the cinema, go for a meal or go swimming.

At Autism Jersey we take a great deal of time and care to match volunteers with their families. We look at many factors, such as things you may have in common, times that everyone is available, where people live, age group and needs. It is important that we get it right, so the experience is positive for everyone involved.

Sibling group

Our Siblings group, re-established in January 2018, runs once a month on a Sunday. It gives brothers and sisters of a child who is on the autism spectrum the chance to enjoy their own time. They can join in with fun activities and also meet others in a similar situation so they can share experiences.

The group also offers a chance for siblings to ask questions and find out more information about autism.  For further information please contact our Family Support team on 871888 or email familysupport@autismjersey.org.

Family Days

We aim to arrange several Family Days for our clients throughout the year. These are open to members of Autism Jersey and their immediate family. They are held at various venues across the island such as Cineworld, Tamba Park and the Bowling Alley, with the aim to bring families together in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment.

For further information please contact our Family Support team on 871888 or email familysupport@autismjersey.org.

Sensory Library

Autism Jersey have a new lending library of sensory aids, thanks to some fundraising by our friends at CPA Global and from money raised at St Martin’s Bonfire Night.

Sensory support is essential for children and adults with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder as they can find it difficult processing sensory information. This can have an impact on their behaviour and affect their everyday life.

You can borrow items to see if they are beneficial before buying what can sometimes be quite a pricy purchase.

You need to be a member of Autism Jersey to borrow from our library – but it’s free to join.

For some weighted items, you will need to have liaised with the Occupational Therapy department.

We have:

Giant Dark Den

Weighted blankets (5 lb and 4 lb)

Large weighted vest

Seating discs and wedges

Tactile massage rings and rolls

Tactile wedges

Large colour changing light

Ball seat

Yoga balls

Ear defenders

Body sock

Weighted lap pads

Sand timers (10, 5 and 2 minutes)

Items will be on loan for a month at a time.

More items will be added – do check back with us again.

If you would like to borrow an item, please email Jaclyn at j.lecrom@autismjersey.org.

Counselling

Autism Jersey now offers a Counselling Service to parents and carers of  people with autism. This has proved to be an invaluable service to members since it was introduced at the end of 2013. We adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s moral and ethical code of good practice.

For further information on our Counselling Service, please contact k.odonovan@autismjersey.org

Adult Social Club

The Adult Social Club is provided for people who are on the autism spectrum to enjoy social interaction and meet with others twice a week.

On a Tuesday they enjoy a variety of different activities chosen by the members at the beginning of the month. These can include meals out, cinema, bowling, swimming, pub quizzes and trips to the theatre.

On a Thursday evening they meet to enjoy a relaxed and welcoming environment where they can sit and chat or enjoy table tennis, pool and games.

The club has facilitators and a team of volunteers that oversee the logistics of the club, such as booking tables, arranging tickets and sorting transport, but the members have control of how the club is run.

For more information, please call Ellie on 07797 795524 or email e.lepoidevin@autismjersey.org.

Jersey Adult Autism Service  

JAAS is a service run by the Health and Social Services Department for adults who think they may have autism or for those who already have a diagnosis. It is also for their families and carers.

With support from Autism Jersey, it holds a weekly drop-in session from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm on a Tuesday afternoon at St James’ Centre, Le Breton Lane, St Helier. It helps people on the autism spectrum access a range of services and opportunities, including help with diagnostic assessments, post-diagnosis support and autism training.

The Jersey Adult Autism Service offers a six-week course to adults who receive a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). This is to assist them:

  • learn more about ASC
  • find out how ASC affects them personally
  • meet others who have a diagnosis
  • identify further advice or support they may need

For more information, please call 445723 or email JAAS@health.gov.je

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Lionel Gomes
Contact Position
Director of Services
Telephone
01534 871888
E-mail
ajadmin@autismjersey.org
Website
www.autismjersey.org

Where to go

Name
Autism Jersey
Address
Century Buildings
Patriotic Place
St. Helier
Jersey
Postcode
JE2 3AF

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Our office is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

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