The Adult Project, which commenced in 2011 has developed and grown considerably over years and is a well respected and valued service in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.
The project is focused on adults with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism aged 16 years and above who live in the East Lancashire area and Blackburn with Darwen. The Adult Project offers a range of support for adults from one to one low level support, adult social groups, social events and drop in sessions.
Action for ASD are also the specialist providers for all adults who are seeking a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. This part of the project has also developed dramatically over the last year and is now a well established service for the NHS.
What does the project provide?
Pre & Post Diagnosis Support: The project provides information, support and advice for adults before and after diagnosis.
Pre Diagnosis and Assessment Screening: Action for ASD are currently providing a short term interim service providing screening for adults who are waiting for a diagnosis. Diagnosis and Assessment Services are not currently available in East Lancashire so new referrals are being made to Action for ASD for the screening process.
Adult Social Skills and Support Groups: These are facilitated with the help of adult support workers at the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) & Ivy St Community Centre, Blackburn, for adults with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. There is a programme of events and sessions for adults with a wide range of activities and discussion topics. These sessions provide social support opportunities to help adults practice and learn social skills, make friends to help reduce their social isolation, help to increase confidence and self esteem and help to reduce mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.
The Burnley sessions are held at the ARC, every Tuesday evening from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3.30pm. The Blackburn support group sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Venue: Ivy Street Community Centre, Ivy Close, Blackburn, BB2 3RR.
Information & Advice Sessions: These Information sessions are for members who are in need of advice and/or support but find Blackburn a more convenient location than our ARC in Burnley. Members of the Adult Team will be available for pre-booked appointments only on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Please call or email to make an appointment.
Transition Group: This is a group for young people with Asperger Syndrome aged 16 -19 years. This group is a social communication group for young people going through the transition into adulthood and provides an opportunity to make friends, develop relationships, increase self esteem and confidence. The group bridges the gap between children’s or adults services for young adults. Sessions run every Thursday at the ARC, Burnley between 6pm - 8pm.
Low Level Support: The Project provides more individual support to adults, with issues such as day to day living and dealing with problems they face and how to overcome them. Low level support works very well with adults with Asperger Syndrome and often prevents more serious mental health issues or intervention arising. The Adult Services Manager and Outreach Worker work with clients who have or are seeking a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS).
Solution Focused Therapy: This offers in house therapy for adults with a diagnosis. Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), as its name suggests, focuses on solutions and is goal-oriented, rather than problem focused as many other therapies are.
Counselling: Action for ASD can provide up to 3 follow on sessions for clients after diagnosis who require higher levels of support . The number of sessions can be increased if necessary on an individual basis.
Signposting: The staff who work with clients and will follow up after diagnosis will be able to sign post clients to relevant services and support adults with social care assessments. We also have links with local colleges, employment services and housing and we will support adults in accessing these services.
PLEASE NOTE: You must become a member of Action for ASD before you access any social sessions.
How do I access the Adult Project at Action for ASD?
Anyone seeking a diagnosis or that has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism and is aged 16+ years can self-refer to the project. We also accept referrals from all professionals.
Please contact the Adult Services Team on 01282 415455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange to send out the relevant forms and explain more about the services, alternatively you can download a membership form to complete and return.
Once you have completed the Membership and Referral Form (Part 1) and returned it to the Autism Resource Centre (see address below) your application will be processed and you will be contacted shortly after.
A member of the team, will arrange to meet with you to complete the application process by completing an Assessment Of Needs (Part 2) of the application. This will help us to better understand the level of support or help you may require and clarify what we may be able to offer you.
In order for the team to provide the best possible support for each individual that accesses the Autism Resource Centre, it is essential that both the application and the assessment process have been completed prior to attending the support groups or activities provided by Action for ASD.
Because we are a charity, the support we provide will be subject to the funding we have available at that point in time and is limited to individuals within the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen area that have or are seeking a diagnosis of AS or HFA.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Adult Services Team at Action for ASD on 01282 415 455.
We look forward to hearing from you!