"The Nottingham Asperger Community of Interest "

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Intellectual Developmental Disabilities /Learning Disability Services – Community (County)

(as a staff member),

The Asperger Community of Interest needs more members!!

Since the launch of our booklet, we are looking to work on further aims; however with very few members we are unable to work successfully towards new goals.

we are looking for people who are:

- interested in raising awareness of Asperger syndrome

- work with or live with the condition

- want to meet some new and interesting people

- willing to meet up regularly and are not afraid of hard work!

- able to spare some time and effort for a good cause

you do not need to have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome to join our community of interest - just a passion and willingness to help others and raise awareness.

we welcome any thoughts and ideas, so please get in touch.

if you are interested in joining - please contact:

Clare Astle

email: clare.astle@nottshc.nhs.uk

tel: 0115 854 2207

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I hope you have more luck in recruiting people to your Community of Interest.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

We are still hoping that more members come forward to join the Aspergers Community of Interest. this is not limited to just people in the Nottingham area and all members are welcome. You can join online or attend meetings.

Opening the Door For Asperger's

The Asperger's Community of Interest has existed since August 2010. It involves a wide range of people interested in raising awareness about Asperger's Syndrome, alongside improving welfare and quality of life for those with the condition.

Together we are working to gather a body of shared experience, including both positive experiences and clinical understanding. We aim to produce presentations and documentation to help the neurotypical community understand Asperger's, and those affected by it. Below are some quotes from group members:

“As a person with Asperger's Syndrome I have frequently felt in groups I was a person on the outside looking through a window into a warm room, but now with the Community of Interest I meet with like-minded people and have come in from the cold.”

“Since being part of the Community of Interest I’ve gained a greater knowledge of my son, who has Asperger's.”

“As an adult with Asperger's Syndrome I feel that my condition leaves me as an eternal outsider. This group allows me to develop a new perspective about my condition, expressing it in a useful way and at the same time increasing understanding of the non-Aspergers community.”

As a group we are seeking to make contact with anyone who has an interest in Asperger's Syndrome.

You might have the condition, care for someone with it or work with those with it.

We are an inclusive group open to all parts of the community.

For further information please contact: stuart.walker@nottshc.nhs.uk

or ring Jane Danforth on 0115 9529430