Coffee & Chat
It can be valuable to meet with other families or carers who understand the delights and challenges that an autistic spectrum condition can present. For over a decade, our coffee and chat sessions have provided a warm, welcoming environment to allow people to connect and talk informally about what’s going on in their lives.
From time to time we invite guest speakers to deliver training or give specialist advice on relevant topics related to autism.
If you or someone you know is affected by autism, and would like some support, we may be able to help.
We meet in various community venues across the region to stay as accessible as possible, so feel free to drop in. Keep an eye on our events section for dates, times and locations.
Autism-friendly youth clubs
Hope GB facilitates two popular youth club sessions during term time each week. These are designed to accommodate the needs of children and young people on the spectrum, so are well structured, responsive and fun.
Our trained staff and volunteers love to interact with club members, so you can be confident that a friendly and flexible approach is taken.
The clubs are split to allow age-appropriate activities and are available to young Torfaen residents with a diagnosis or emerging diagnosis of autism. Activities could include anything from air hockey, table tennis and craft, to Wii games and group discussions.
A nominal youth club subscription fee is payable.
We’re pleased to deliver these sessions with the backing of BBC Children in Need, and endeavour to do so with excellence.
Download an application to register your interest.
Stay & Play
Parents of young children with autism told us how much they craved the chance to have a cuppa while their child occupied themselves in play. Often, it can be challenging to release a child with autism into a play area without fear of judgement or harm.
That’s where our dedicated stay and play sessions for young children make a difference. Hope GB has negotiated arrangements with several local play facilities to arrange autism-friendly slots. These are tailored to better accommodate children with autism and their siblings, allowing them and their families to relax and enjoy the experience.
The sessions have proved to be a great outlet for parents, allowing them to meet others in their position, at subsidised entry rates.
Read the events section for upcoming dates, times and locations.
We aim to support children, young adults and their families to overcome barriers and enable them to move forward.
Our commitment to raising public awareness of autism has helped us tackle misconceptions and poorly informed decision making. At the same time, we proactively equip others to recognise the part they can play in being more inclusive.
As we constantly listen to our target audience, we represent their views where appropriate and adapt as needed.
Hope GB hosts a series of activities in this arena. This ranges from localised training and presentations, social celebratory events and award ceremonies, to hosting national conferences and seminars with respected keynote speakers.
We work in partnership with local council, health and education advocates who understand the complementary role we play in engaging families.
Torfaen Autism Awards
The annual Torfaen Autism Award event is a highlight in our events calendar.
This special celebration was developed and launched by Hope GB to recognise the wonderful individuals with autism that have demonstrated success in their own way. It also allows us to thank and present awards to family members and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the lives of children and young adults with autism.
Often an emotional event, the Torfaen Autism Awards showcase excellence, compassion and potential in abundance, and we’re so proud to deliver this for the county.
Nominations will be received in early 2020.