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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:

Centre for Autism

Autism Jersey is working with the Department of Health and Social Services to develop a permanent building at a site in Trinity from which community-based services can be provided. It is envisaged that the Centre for Autism will be operational in 2019.

Services

Family Support

We are here for you. Family Support is a vital part of our work. Whether you want to speak to other parents to share ideas, you need a befriender, or you just need some information, please get in touch.

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.

2018 dates
Summer: Monday 23 July – Friday 10 August

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.

Siblings 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.

Counselling

Autism Jersey now offers a Counselling Service to parents and carers of young 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.

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 2017.

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

Read more here.

Support for Parents

A group of parents have got together to support each other. Led by Jane Renouf, 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 Autism Mums/Dads Jersey on Facebook to provide 24/7 support to each other.

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 Charlaine on 07829 777310 or email c.duncan@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

Supported Living

Autism Jersey works with a number of adults who have autism who have their own dedicated staff team providing support for up to 24 hours a day in their own homes.

The support covers everything from basic care to going out and about, and taking them to the doctor or the dentist. We work on life skills, such as using public transport, cooking and managing money.

We work closely with other professional agencies to ensure that the best support is provided at an individual level. And we encourage family support, liaising closely with families, seeking their advice on everyday issues.

We want our clients to reach their potential and lead as full a life as they can. We actively promote independence with our clients and celebrate in their success.

Why us?

Autism Jersey has well-developed expertise in its field and has achieved Preferred Provider status in the provision of autism-related services to the Department of Health and Social Services. In 2014 our services were accredited by the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation Programme. The organisation will undergo a further Autism Accreditation review in 2017.

Autism Jersey staff have specialist training in autism as well as expertise in managing behaviours that challenge. They are also trained in first aid, manual handling and safeguarding.

We are fully insured.

The team is headed by Jude Tanguy, Residential and Supported Living Manager.

Short Break Services

Since August 2012, Autism Jersey has provided Short Break Services, supporting children and adults who are on the autism spectrum, with the youngest being four years old and the oldest in their late 30s. We assist with life skills such as cooking and cleaning to help people live independently and we accompany them on activities like bowling and swimming and going out on excursions.

As of the end of 2016, we support 36 individuals and deliver a minimum of 250 hours of support per week. This is expected to keep growing.

Why us?

Autism Jersey has well-developed expertise in its field and has achieved Preferred Provider status in the provision of autism-related services to the Department of Health and Social Services. In 2014 our services were accredited by the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation Programme. The organisation will undergo a further Autism Accreditation review in 2017.

Autism Jersey staff have specialist training in autism as well as expertise in managing behaviours that challenge. They are also trained in first aid, manual handling and safeguarding.

We are fully insured.

Training and Resources

We offer a range of autism-specific training courses for families, carers, professionals and employers. We are proud to work with our training partners All About Autism, who offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.

An Introduction to Autism

Course duration: 3 hours

Course overview: This course will provide you with an overview of what autism is and how it affects individuals on the spectrum.

Who should attend: Anyone who would like an awareness of autism.

Understanding Autism and the SPELL Framework

Course duration: 1 day or 2 half days or 4 X 2 hours

Course overview: This course will consider the key areas of difference in autism including the history, theories, diagnosis and the impact of autism on individuals and families. It will also focus on using the SPELL framework to support individuals with autism considering each element of the framework in turn including strategies to support individuals.

Who should attend: This course is suitable for anyone wanting to increase their understanding of autism. It is recommended that anyone supporting a person with autism should complete this course.

SPELL Refresher Course

Course duration: 3 hours

Course overview: This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and recap on the core principles of SPELL. It considers current research and clinical developments in the field of Autism. Participants will also get an opportunity for discussion.

Who should attend: This course is suitable for anyone who has previously completed SPELL training more than two years ago. It is recommended that anyone supporting a person with autism should refresh their knowledge every two years.

*We can also make private arrangements for training with organisations and employers. For further details, or to find out the dates of the next courses, please contact Rowan Branch.

 SPELL training is the National Autistic Society’s framework for understanding and responding to the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum. It focuses on five principles which have been identified as vital to best practice in the field of autism:

  • Structure
  • Positive [approaches and expectations]
  • Empathy
  • Low arousal
  • Links

At our offices we have a lending library of autism-related resources.
And we are here to help when it comes to referrals to other services and professionals.

For more information, please contact us on 871888 or email ajadmin@autismjersey.org

Autism in the workplace

Adults with autism do have talents and skills to bring to a business but need the combination of the right support, some adjustments and the opportunity to make it a reality. They could prove to be a tremendous asset to a business.

Statistics provided by the National Autistic Society show that only 16% of people with autism are in full-time employment, and the situation hasn’t improved in almost a decade.

Autism Jersey can give talks and training to staff to increase the understanding of autism and help with supporting employees who are on the autism spectrum.

Read more about how employers can help here.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Lionel Gomes
Contact Position
Director of Services
Telephone
01534 871888
Fax:01534 871678
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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