Yesterday I went to the launch of a new scheme which the counselling service Relate are offering. It is called Living Well With Autism and this service will be open to those 18 years and over who have received a diagnosis and for their families and carers too. It will also be offered to those who have characteristics of Autism and have been referred to Relate by a health professional.
For the first year this is offered free to anyone in the Derbyshire area but you will need to contact Relate with regard to charges if living in Derby City. Help comes in the form of a one day education course, coaching sessions, counselling sessions, telephone helpline services and live chat sessions.
Bear in mind this only started as of yesterday - Friday 13th April and is a pilot scheme so although a really positive move from Derbyshire County Council and Relate there may be some teething problems. I hope not and I hope all goes well and it continues as I think it's so good to be working towards more support for those on the spectrum. If you do have any issues or problems please make it known as they do need to to be aware. They will adapt to meet needs but in the same way they would welcome your positive feedback too.
If you would like more information there is a dedicated website:
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call on 01332301350
Thank you for reading today and hope this becomes of some use. Take care and please join me again tomorrow for Pass the Remote.
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.