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SUPPORT GROUP AND EVENTS

Our Support Groups and Events are now being held online using Zoom. Read more below to find out how to join us.

FASD is only one small part of a person’s identity. A person with FASD has the same hopes and fears as others. They have families and friends who love them and whom they cherish. They have strengths and difficulties like other people with or without a disability, and they enjoy a variety of activities. Individuals with FASD can make a valuable contribution to their community and society in general.

Online Support Groups

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to disrupt nearly every facet of society, it is rightly at the forefront of our public health professionals’ attention. In response to this emergency and the on-going social distancing regulations, we are now running online support meetings to continue to fulfil our mission of raising awareness of FASD and supporting those who are living with FASD and their caregivers.

FASD Awareness, have embarked on a new online campaign of support/friendship groups working with 1-2-1 support, Parent/Carers, 11-16 & 16+ Individuals and families. This has been hugely successful and a valuable experience for all involved. We have welcomed individuals from all corners of GB and parts of America too!

FASD Awareness Zoom online groups are friendly, relaxed and offer a safe and supportive place, where you can connect with others, share ideas and find out more about FASD. 

All of our group meetings are: ​

  • Completely confidential - what is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting 

  • Free to attend - you don't need to pay for anything

  • Open access - you can attend for as many meetings as you need or want 

  • No referral required and no formal diagnosis

  • We will send you the link via email when registered.
     

Join us by completing the online registration form below, get comfy, grab a snack and join in the chat.

 
Parent / Carers Support Group

 

The meetings will take place on a video platform called Zoom. They are run by two trained facilitators who ensure the meetings are run smoothly and safely and that they adhere to our meeting ground rules.

Just like our physical meetings, our online meetings are relaxed and create a comfortable space where you can connect with parents , carers and families with experiences similar to yours. You can share your personal story, or simply listen and learn. Many meetings also include a local speaker on topics of interest to the group. Our registrants have found a wealth of experience, advice and signposting to be one of the most useful aspects of these groups.

All of our Parent/Carer online support groups happen on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm.

 

Upcoming Parent / Carer Support Group Dates:

15th April 2021

20th May 2021

17th June 2021

15th July 2021

26th August 2021

16th September 2021

Register Online HERE

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11-16 FASD Friends Group

 

Once registered, you will be sent a link to join by Zoom a day or so before. The sessions start with a warm welcome from Tracy Allen and Andrew Keeping who are the facilitators running the meeting along with group introductions. They will ensure protection of privacy and promote dignity and respect for all group members in accordance with the charities strict Safeguarding policies. 

These groups are a great platform for individuals with FASD to highlight any achievements they’ve had, talk about their favourite activities/TV programmes/music, experiences and advice. It is an excellent opportunity to talk to like-minded individuals in a safe environment and develop bonds and friendships.

All of our 11-16 FASD Friends Group happen on Thursdays,

7pm - 8pm.

 

Upcoming 11-16 Friendship Group Dates:

15th April 2021

20th May 2021

17th June 2021

15th July 2021

26th August 2021

16th September 2021

Register Online HERE

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16+ FASD Group

 

The meeting will take place on Zoom and links will be sent out to all wishing to take part. All meetings are supervised from a distance, and allow teenagers and young adults to make friendships, bonds, offer advice & support and chat about the things that matter most!

All our 16+ FASD Friends Group happen on Thursdays, 7pm - 8pm, except for December which will be on a Wednesday

 

Upcoming 16+ Friendship Group Dates:

8th April 2021

13th May 2021

10th June 2021

8th July 2021

12th August 2021

9th September 2021

Register Online HERE

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Online 1-2-1 Sessions for Individuals with FASD UNDER the age of 11
(Individual sessions booked at times that suit you)

 

The meeting will take place on Zoom and all sessions are designed around the needs of the individual. Existing sessions have included "show & tell", therapeutic music sessions, use of FREE sensory sports pack or just chat!

Register HERE 1-2-1 support sessions

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Phone Support Groups

 

We also run monthly phone support groups. Please complete the registration form, highlighting that you would like access to our phone support group. One of our team will contact you to discuss availability.

 
Online Support Meeting Information

The meetings will take place on a video platform called Zoom (more on this below). They are run by two trained facilitators who ensure the meetings are run smoothly and safely and that they adhere to our meeting ground rules. Just like our physical meetings, our online meetings are relaxed and create a comfortable space where you can connect with parents and families with experiences similar to yours. You can share your personal story, or simply listen and learn. Many meetings also include a local speaker on topics of interest to the group.

 

As many of us are experiencing self-isolation, these online meetings are a chance to connect with others. To join, you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with video camera and speaker / headphones. You will also need a private, quiet space with good internet connection. 

How To Join A Zoom Meeting

First, you must become a member by filling in the form below. When this is completed you will receive a weekly email with meeting links in it.

  1. Prepare your device at least 15 mins before the start of the meeting.

  2. Paste the meeting link into your browser & hit return.

    • You may be instructed to download the Zoom app. This is safe & usually works slightly better than the browser option.

    • You can also join without the invitation link by going to http://join.zoom.us and entering the Meeting ID provided.

    • You don’t need to create an account to join, but if you do we suggest registering your first name and initial (e.g. Tara R).

  3. Once you have joined you’ll see a ‘waiting screen’. Make sure you’re comfy & have a cup of tea with you if you want one. The facilitator will start the meeting when ready.

You can download a .pdf copy of these guidelines here.

Zoom Features
  • You can mute/unmute your microphone (usually far left of screen).

  • On a computer, we recommend using Gallery View in Zoom so you can see all other members at once. Speaker view can be quite confusing.

    • On a computer, this option is top-right of the Zoom app.

    • On a phone, swipe left to see other members.

  • You can chat with everyone or individuals (by typing). We ask that members only privately message each other during the break.

Joining For The First Time

If you have attended an FASD Awareness support group in the past, you are already a member and can simply join a group by following the links in your weekly email. 

If you’re new to our services, welcome! You will need to join by filling in our registration form.

 
 
 

Family Fun Days at Leeds Castle, Kent

Join us for our Family Fun Days, free to those living with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) in Kent and the South East of England, and their families/carers. These days out give individuals with FASD, their parents/carers, and siblings the opportunity to enjoy appropriate activities together in a safe environment with like-minded individuals. It is also a chance to build friendships, be part of a group, and access a wealth of knowledge from the experience of others. The video below shows the fun we have!