Workshops for adults with ASC

Important notice: Please note that all upcoming workshops will be delivered online via Zoom in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

We run a variety of workshops throughout the year as detailed below. If you would AS Mentoring to run a workshop or training session for your business or community, please contact us at workshops@asmentoring.co.uk

'Steps Into Work Programme: for higher education final year students and recent graduates'

AS Mentoring and Autism Forward present a fully online pre-employment programme, combining a series of workshops and 1:1 support meetings, for autistic adults looking for employment after university. 

The programme consists of a series of group workshops and one-to-one sessions delivered by autism-specialist mentors. There will be:

  •  6 x 2-hour live, online group workshops; and
  •  3x 45-minute one-to-one consultations, at the beginning, middle and end of the programme, respectively. 

You will receive structured follow-up work after each workshop. The workshop environment will model workplace social expectations, and all workshop sessions will include insights and experience from an autistic contributor. 

Where and When

The sessions will be delivered on Zoom, every fortnight. The programme will run from mid-June 2021 to mid-September 2021. The timetable and schedule of sessions will be shared with you upon enrolment. 

 The preliminary format is as follows:

  • Pre-programme 1:1
  • Workshop 1: What are my options after university?
  • Workshop 2: Out of university and into work
  • Workshop 3: Job-searching
  • Mid-programme 1:1
  • Workshop 4: Communications, CVs and cover letters
  • Workshop 5: Disclosing my diagnosis
  • Workshop 6: Interview skills, and action points
  • End of programme 1:1

The one-to-one meetings 

Pre-programme: To meet you and get a sense of what you want to achieve: to establish your personal objectives for the programme; to understand how your particular autism presentation impacts you as an individual; to explore any barriers you may have in accessing the programme; and to agree any adjustments/ strategies that are required.

Mid-programme: A mid-point session to review the personal objectives discussed prior to the start of the programme and to review progress.

End of programme: This will take place 4-6 weeks after the end of the programme. This is to check in and see how you’re getting on: to review progress on the action points you will have set yourself in Workshop 6; to discuss how you might overcome any barriers which have arisen; and to signpost/refer you to further support.

Eligibility Criteria

Places on this programme are fully subsidised by Autism Forward, and as such are conditional on meeting the following criteria: 

  • You must be aged 18 or over to attend this programme.
  • You must either have an autism diagnosis (which includes Asperger’s Syndrome), or be actively seeking one (NB in this latter case, evidence will be required: for example, correspondence with a GP/ diagnostic centre).
  • You must either be in /due to begin your final year of study for a higher education level qualification (Level 4 – 9; foundation degree to PhD), or have completed your course of study in the last academic year ie. 2019/2020 or 2020/2021. Evidence of student status/ course completion will be required.
  • You must agree to complete all pre and post- programme evaluation and feedback surveys. 

If you have questions on your eligibility for this programme please email workshops@asmentoring.co.uk 

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Application processed: if you meet the eligibility criteria you will be invited to attend an initial meeting (phone or Zoom) with a mentor for us to confirm your suitability for the programme and for you to decide whether it is the right programme for you.  
  3. Place on the programme confirmed or signposted to alternative support

Applications Close on Thursday 17th June 2021 (but will be processed on a first come/first served basis so the deadline may close earlier if all places are filled by that time).  You are advised to apply as soon as you are able to do so.

'Steps to greater independence'

Communication and Self-Advocacy

10th July; 10-12

This workshop is for adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition who want to explore methods to advocate for their needs with professionals and within their local community. This workshop will enable participants to develop a deeper understanding of effective communication strategies to use in their day-to-day life.

  • Effective decision making 
  • Talking with healthcare professionals
  • Resources in the community (supermarkets, banks, doctors) – what is there, and how to make the best use of them

Finance

17th July; 10-12

This workshop is for adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition who want to explore methods to manage their finances. Through a mixture of discussion and practical activities participants will develop greater confidence in their budgeting options.

  • Managing your budget
  • Bills and what to expect
  • Financial support available to you
  • Housing – where to start

**These workshops are standalone events within the series. Participants may choose to attend one, two or all three depending upon their interest.

Tickets:

General admission: £35

Assisted Places*: £12

*Assisted place tickets are subsidised by Autism Forward and conditional to this criteria:

  • You do not have other means available to pay for a place at the workshop
  • You must have an autism diagnosis or be actively seeking one
  • You must complete a ‘before and after’ survey to measure impact

Important note:

You must be 18 or over to attend this event

AS Mentoring reserves the rights to cancel this workshop should it not meet minimum booking numbers.

'Mental health and wellbeing'

The past year has been challenging for all and has highlighted the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. AS mentoring would like to equip you with the tools necessary to manage your wellbeing and to help you cope with the ups and downs that life can throw at you.

In this workshop we will provide a supportive, confidential and safe space for you to explore your experiences. The workshop will be a safe autism friendly space facilitated by two autism facilitators.

We will cover :

  • Understanding mental health and the different ways that it can present
  • Ways to improve your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Tips in creating your own 'mental health & wellbeing toolkit'
  • ASC specific testimonies about the relationship between Autism, MH and wellbeing.
  • An introduction to self-regulation tools, anxiety coping strategies and wellness practices such as grounding techniques, mindfulness and yoga

Following the workshop, AS Mentoring will send you a mental health and wellbeing resource sheet to support you in maintaining your mental health and wellbeing levels in the future.

Important notes:

You must be 18 or over to attend this event.

AS Mentoring reserves the rights to cancel this workshop should it not meet minimum booking numbers.

Tickets:

General admission: £35

Assisted Place tickets*: £12

*Assisted place tickets are subsidised by Autism Forward CIO and conditional to Autism Forward policy:

  • You do not have other means available to pay for a place at the workshop
  • You must have an autism diagnosis or be actively seeking one
  • You must complete a ‘before and after’ survey to measure impact