Leeds Autism AIM launches an Autism Hub January 13th

Leeds Autism Aim is launching a new drop in service in January providing information, advice and peer support to autistic adults in Leeds.

 Leeds Autism Aim is an exciting new project led by Leeds Advocacy with funding from the Autism Innovation fund . It provides Advocacy, Information and Mentoring services. We ran a 2 year project training volunteers in providing advocacy support to autistic people and found we got many referrals from people already in crisis situations. Many of these were from people with Aspergers Syndrome/ high functioning autism who struggled to access services.  We have developed this service to try to reach people who may need a small amount of support or information earlier in order to prevent problems escalating. It is open to all autistic people and carers or those that support them but focussed particularly on those who may get little or no funded support.

Advocacy: we will provide access to trained advocates at the hub and are developing volunteer community advocates.

 Information:  we have already developed an autism directory for Leeds www.autismleeds.org.uk.with funding from Brelms and Jimbos. It gives information about services, general information, a training toolkit and a news and events page. We can also provide information and signposting by phone or email. The Autism Hub is run in partnership with Leeds City Council and the CAB. It will give direct access to information; leaflets to take way, laptops and support to find information online. The hub can give information or advice around many areas including benefits and finances, housing, employment and services that are available to you. It will also provide quiet and communal spaces so that you share experiences and a monthly peer support group.
 Mentoring; we are recruiting volunteers to expand our mentoring project. They are matched to a person with autism then visit the person regularly and look at what they want to achieve and any barriers to getting there. They are fully trained in autism, mentoring and related areas.
We are looking to recruit reliable and enthusiastic vounteers with either experience or a specific interest in autism and will provide full training, support and expenses.
The project is co-led by a steering group of people with Asperger Syndrome. We have autistic people both employed and volunteering in our organisation and plan to develop volunteering opportunities further.

 If you are interested in volunteering or want more information about the hub or other areas of our service please contact wendy@leedsadvocacy.org.uk or call 0113 2056532. You can also find information on our new Autism Leeds Directory at www.autismleeds.org.uk