ASpire helps people with Asperger’s Syndrome improve their confidence, social & communication skills & reduce isolation and anxiety by providing mentoring – matching peer volunteers with service users to provide support, & through social groups – creating a unique & trusted space for people to make friends, improve social skills, & have fun.
- To reduce the isolation and poor mental health experienced by people with Asperger’s in Brighton and Hove as a result of their condition and lack of support available
- To provide fortnightly social groups and activities for 35 people with Asperger’s Syndrome that enable participants to meet new people, develop social and communication skills and have fun in a safe and trusted space
- To use the voice and experience of group members affected by Asperger’s to raise awareness of the condition to improve community understanding of the condition and increase the support available
How we will achieve our goals
An award would provide a lifeline to our ASpire social group at a critical time for the project. It would fund the group for almost one year, including the costs of recruiting and training volunteer group facilitators and the costs of social activities chosen by social group members.
Where the money will go
The project would provide a unique service that is not available anywhere else in the city. It would make a positive difference to the lives of the people that come to the social group and their families, and improve community understanding of the needs of young people and adults with Asperger’s.