DASH Social Groups:
Activities: DASH Social Groups
For more information & access to all the social groups described
below please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07554 665 715 or go to the
resources & links page and download a
social group application form
The Young Adult Social Group is held every Monday evening at the Oasis
Leisure Centre for both young men and women. There is always an option
to play badminton, pool, table tennis and/or cards or just simply chat
together over a drink. In addition, other activities are organized on
occasional week-ends such as 10 pin bowling, day trips, evening meals.
There is a small weekly charge to help cover costs.
The group is facilitated by both male and female staff.
It is the aim of the group to not only enable friendships to form,
but to also enable self confidence and social skills to develop. The
forming of friendships in turn enables members of the group to organize
their own social activities outside of the group.
“People understand me”
“The DASH group is full of fun and friendly people who all get on
well and really enjoy themselves”
“It's helped me to feel more confident about meeting people”
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This is a new group set up in response to a small number of young
women who contacted DASH about the same time via the information and
advice service to enquire about social opportunities - but without the
confidence to immediately join the young adult social group.
It was decided that a group would help the young women with:
- Understanding the adult world or life
- Communications by:
- Meeting new people
- Learning new skills
- Having discussion
- Learning to co-operate
- Having fun
Activities that might help include:
- Art and crafts- card making, drawing pictures, painting etc
- Sewing- making things beautiful things that I can use
- Cookery- simple stuff
- Jewellery making- all girls love jewels
- Running a budget and life skills
- Acting and writing a script
All of these things are intended to enable the women who attend to
begin to relax in the company of others, and help them to prepare for
employment, college or voluntary work.
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is an established fortnightly daytime group for men of any age to meet
up and engage in practical craft activities and woodwork in a fully
equipped workshop. There is also a kitchen for occasional cooking and
baking for those with an interest. It is a safe place for meeting others
and helping reduce isolation whilst doing something useful. It is held
on Wednesday afternoons and facilitated by 2 experienced DASH staff.
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This group was set up to support the activities of Swindon Wildflower
Nursery to help raise funds for DASH social groups – and also as a
social group for women with Aspergers or who care for a child or partner
with Aspergers. The hope is to provide a safe, supportive and sociable
environment for women to meet, talk and work together in a therapeutic
environment. The group is currently on hiatus but if you think you might
be interested in this activity please contact us.
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This group is being piloted in response to adults with Aspergers for
whom other DASH groups are not appropriate because they are in
employment or because they are ready to ‘move on’. A 6 month ‘What’s On’
programme is publicized in advance and ranges from walks and the
theatre, to curry nights and pub quizzes. People can ‘dip’ in and out
according to their interests and are invited to help plan the subsequent
programme. DASH staff help organize and attend the events. People are
invited to meet up with a staff member individually if they wish, before
attending their first event, to gain the confidence to come along.
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This group meets every Wednesday 1.30 – 3.30pm throughout the year. It
helps individuals diagnosed with Aspergers or awaiting assessment to
break their isolation and engage in purposeful activity in a safe, quiet
and supportive environment. A range of tasks are available to suit
everyone – indoors and outdoors – from physical work such as digging and
cutting back vegetation to grass cutting, planting and harvesting
and vegetables, flowers and their seeds, potting up and dead-heading, as
well as sorting seeds - requiring good hand skills and patience! No
horticultural experience is needed to join the group. Every activity
contributes to the
and development of Swindon Wildflower Nursery - itself raising funds for
DASH by selling wildflower plants to the public and creating popular
wedding favours from surplus seeds. We also welcome independent
volunteers to the allotments group, including parent carers to enable
them to also benefit from the therapeutic value of this wonderful oasis
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How you can make a difference!
Volunteers can make a great contribution to DASH by:
directly helping adults with Aspergers
to develop their self confidence, improve their work and social
skills and enjoy social and occupational activities;
helping to manage DASH as an
organization - to plan how sustain and develop it’s services in
meeting local needs and to have it’s voice heard.
In return Volunteers can expect to feel valued, develop their own
skills, increase their knowledge and understanding, encourage
communication between people, feel good about themselves and offer trust
and satisfaction to others.
If you would like to become a volunteer with DASH you are welcome to
try a 'taster' session or two before making a decision to offer a
regular commitment. And in this way DASH can also make sure that we can
support you appropriately as a volunteer.
Volunteers are welcome to help in:
any of our groups depending upon their
the Information & Advice Service to
undertake administrative, receptionist and/or IT tasks;
DASH management group to help steer
the work of DASH either as a time limited project or as a trustee
serving at least 1 year on the committee with specific skills to
For further information about all of these opportunities, including
role/task descriptions please contact DASH secretary on
telephone 07554 665 715 or download a
volunteers application form.
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The Swindon Autism Information & Advice Service opened it’s doors at
Pinetrees Community Centre on May 20th 2013 for a 12 month pilot to
gauge if there is a need and a demand for such a local service. Latest
national statistics suggest that 1 in a 100 people will have an autistic
spectrum condition which translates in Swindon to around 2,000 people.
The service is kept very busy during it’s opening hours - 5 x 2 hour
drop in sessions per week (to try and accommodate all circumstances) and
enquiries also come in by email and telephone.
Our contact details are on the
Swindon Autism Information and Advice
Service. Please contact us if we
can be of help to you as an adult, child or young person with autism
and/or family members, support workers and other professionals and
DASH is also able to monitor patterns of enquiries and if lobbying is
needed to improve access to services or address gaps in services then
this is also something we can take on.
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For people who receive a diagnosis of Aspergers when they are an
adult, it may feel very confusing to be told that they have a lifelong
condition that hasn’t been recognized until then. On the other hand,
learning about Aspergers might mean that their life experiences suddenly
make sense. It may be that they have experienced specific difficulties
for many years without understanding why. And they may feel that these
difficulties have adversely impacted upon their personal and social
life, their education and opportunities for work.
For this reason DASH offers opportunities to discuss with the
information and advice service what it means to have Aspergers and how
to build on individual strengths and talents to move forward.
In addition, and in collaboration with LIFT NHS psychology services
in Swindon, an Asperger specific stress and mood management course is
being piloted (Nov/Dec 2013) ready to roll out in 2014. The course is
free and accessible by contacting LIFT direct to register your interest
in the course or alternatively download the
course booking form and send direct to LIFT as a DASH referral. Free
post envelopes are available from DASH and we are hoping to establish an
email link with LIFT as well.
This free course explores Asperger’s syndrome, and looks at the
different ways it can affect people’s lives. It examines the impact of
day to day stresses, anxieties and worries, and teaches helpful
techniques which may help to deal with these problems. The 7 week course
also looks at ways of effectively communicating with people, and the
impact Asperger’s syndrome may have in the workplace. The course is
aimed at individuals who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, and
who may experience any problems with stress, anxiety and communication.
It is run by counselling psychologists as members of LIFT, the primary
care psychology team.
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