At the West Cheshire Autism Hub, we provide free, personalised support to autistic adults aged 16 and above, as well as their family. This can be accessed whenever needed throughout their lifespan.
What to expect
Our staff team is made up of people with lived experience of autism and professionals with experience of working with autistic adults.
- You can consult with our staff in a welcoming environment, whether that be at The Bluecoat or virtually.
- We will help you identify the gaps and barriers you are experiencing to receive the support you need.
- We will strive to make information we give you clear and concise, providing written information wherever possible.
- We will be flexible in our approach and open to any reasonable adjustments you need.
What we do
- Consultation, working with you to identify the help you need.
- Signpost to existing services offer by our partners. More about the various signposting pathways in place at the Autism Hub.
- Help you navigate the various services on offer.
- Emotional support.
- Autism specific bespoke services.
- Support the wider autism community and families, such as parents, partners, siblings and grandparents.
- Through peer connections, offer the unique opportunity to chat with other autistic adults in the relaxed and friendly environment of the Autism Hub.
- Support the transition to adulthood as we have strong links with local schools and the University of Chester. We can help develop life skills, such as money management, cooking and self care.
- Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope to offer a venue where autistic adults and their families can socialise and attend activities.
- Offer pre and post-diagnostic support. Our post-diagnostic, six-week course, which explores issues relating to adult diagnosis, is in development.
- Promote advocacy. We can help you prepare for phone calls and meetings you may attend, encouraging you to communicate on your own behalf and valuing your voice while respecting different methods of communication. We will support you to make your own decisions and be patient while consulting with you, giving you the time you need rather than rushing to make decisions for you. We want to listen to you and hear what you have to say as our services are led by you.
- Provide opportunities for autistic adults to take part in volunteering and develop as individuals.
Referrals aren’t required to access our support. Agencies and services can signpost to our services, or contact us on behalf of the autistic adult with their consent. We offer step on, step off services for individuals who need support throughout their lifespan, working with other agencies and services rather than managing individual cases.