The ASPiration Service is a support service for Over 16s with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism living in Oxfordshire. The service is delivered by Autism at Kingwood and offers practical short-term support.
There are 3 main strands to the service:
Advice, information and guidance on a range of issues.
We can help you access other organisations and services. We hold drop-in sessions on a Monday from 2pm-4pm and on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 5.00pm-7.00pm.
Specifically tailored to your needs. One-to-one support sessions to help you take steps towards achieving your goal. Practical Support on a range of topics such as housing, benefits, education and courses, employment, relationships etc.
Run by the service, and includes social groups and some support workshops on various topics.
Our aim is to help people to reach their full potential, by developing skills, independence and confidence. Support is offered via individual face-to-face support, telephone, email, app technology and in group sessions.
The emphasis is on empowering individuals to achieve their goals. Coaching and mentoring techniques based on the principles of positive psychology are used. Individuals are encouraged to use their strengths to improve skills and help them independently problem-solve. Although the support intervention is short-term, the aim is to give people life-long skills to maintain their independence and ability to overcome barriers.
Aspiration Eligibility Criteria
All of the following criteria must be met to be eligible for referral:
- Have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism
- Over 16 years old
- Living in Oxfordshire
- Not entitled to or receiving any other support services. Non-FACS (Fair Access to Care Services) Eligible.
How can I access the service?
Contact the team via phone, text, Skype, email, Facebook or in person, for an informal chat to discuss your needs and what the service can offer.
If you want one-to-one support complete a referral form and send it to us. We will then arrange an informal assessment to establish what you would like help with, and how we can help you achieve your goals.
If eligible you will be offered a series of support sessions individually tailored to your needs. Support sessions can be face-to-face or via phone, email or Skype.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us run the service. If you would like to volunteer please contact us to discuss opportunities within the service and when our next training dates are.
The service can offer short term support interventions. Unfortunately we do not have the provisions to provide on-going long-term support on a weekly basis. If you require this level of support we suggest undergoing a Care Needs eligibility assessment. This can be arranged by contacting your local council’s Social and Community Services Team.
Drop in every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
Aspiration coordinators also volunteer at a pub social group called Oxford aspies on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.
Our next Cinema group is – Tuesday 17th April. We will be going to see Ready Player One. Please meet at the Odeon cinema (George street) at 16:30 ready for the film to start at 16:50. Charlotte will be the coordinator present.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions