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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

We are now running online support groups. For more detailed information about these, how to join and what to expect, click here. You will be emailed the links once you have signed up as a new member (existing members will receive these automatically).

 

Below is the list of days & times for each meeting. All of our online support groups happen on Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm.

18th June

16th July

20th August

17th September

15th October

19th November

17th December

 
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

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.

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. The days and times of these meetings can be found here.

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. 

What Happens At An Online Meeting?

If you attend one of our online meetings you can expect the following:

 

  • To be welcomed by the two facilitators running the meeting.

  • During the meeting, everybody in the group will be invited to speak in turn and share what is happening in their lives.  You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, you can simply listen.  Generally people speak for about 10 minutes depending on the group size.

  • Halfway through the meeting there will be a break for tea and coffee

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. You will then receive a short phone call from one of our team to talk you through what to expect. After this welcome call, you will receive the monthly email links.  

Our Promises

All of our meetings - physical, online, and by telephone - 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 to.

  • No referral required and no formal diagnosis.

  • Adults only - you need to be over 18 years of age to attend.

  • No advance booking required - you can just log in on the day. All we ask is th you try to come on time and, as far as possible, stay for the whole meeting.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Register For Our Online Support Groups

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!

FASD Leeds Castles Family Fun Days

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