Recent SAFE initiatives that have been made possible through fundraising include:
SAFE STUFF (Social Training Using Fun & Friendship):
SAFE STUFF is for our younger group of children aged 8-12 years with Asperger Syndrome. Over 100 children have been using a variety of art forms such as drama, dance, poetry, pottery-making, arts and crafts, plus visiting places of interest to the young people as well as taking part in special workshops as a way of learning concrete skills in group social interaction and team building. This project is a continuing success with parents who have commented on how well their children have learned how to interact and make new friends.
SAFE Youth Activity Clubs:
Evolving from our social skills courses for children with Asperger Syndrome, SAFE holds regular Youth Clubs in the North and the South of the county where young people aged 13 to 21 years old are able to take part in a wide range of activities including bowling, swimming, rock-climbing, camping, boating, and social events. These clubs continue to be hugely successful in developing friendships and social understanding amongst the young people involved.
A.S.A.P. (Asperger Syndrome Adults and Parents):
ASAP is SAFE’s adult group for those aged 17+ with Asperger Syndrome. The group meets monthly to deal with issues particular to adults such as independent living, supported employment and training, social communication and interaction skills, adult social care, friendships and relationships, mental health and carers’ issues. Members also receive monthly newsletters with further advice and information.
Our monthly meetings cover the whole county and take place in Chelmsford or Southend, with specialist speakers talking on a variety of topics of interest to our adult members and their families. Every SAFE member over l7 years of age is welcome to join us, either with or without their families. Contact Carolann Jackson for more information either by phone 01206 240931 or email email@example.com
Anyone wishing to participate in any of our activities must be a registered member of SAFE.
We need your help to continue to run these projects which have had such a positive impact on hundreds of people with Asperger Syndrome living across Essex. Any contribution given will be greatly appreciated and will help our group develop into members of society capable of reaching their full potential.