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Black Country Community Hub

Across the Black Country we offer

We offer Autism Confident Programmes for teenagers and adults across the 4 areas of the Black Country – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Autism Confident is an 8-week psychoeducation programme, with one-to-one meetings for participants on the first and last week, and 6 group sessions. It offers an opportunity to learn more about autism in a small, supportive, group setting and to share experiences and identify strategies that could help in day-today life.

Funded by NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, individuals need to be over 13 years of age, have a diagnosis of autism and live in the Black Country.

Click here to download our Autism Confident information leaflet

In Sandwell we offer

  • Training workshops for parents/carers of autistic children
  • Individual advice and support for parents/carers of autistic children, by phone, email or face to face
  • Coffee mornings for parents/carers of autistic children and family events via Zoom, social media or face to face
  • An adult discussion group which takes place one evening a month in West Bromwich town centre

Our Sandwell Family Service is funded by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Families must live in the Sandwell Council area, and have children under 18 years old, with autism/autistic traits. An autism diagnosis is not needed.

Our adult discussion group is for autistic people over 16 years of age who are registered with a Sandwell or West Birmingham GP and is funded by NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Click here to download our Sandwell information leaflet

In Walsall we offer

A befriending service for autistic adults

Through group and individual support, the service reduces social isolation and increases confidence and social skills in autistic adults.

Funded by Walsall Council, adults must be over 18, with a confirmed diagnosis of autism, and live in Walsall local authority. Due to a long waiting list we have temporarily stopped taking referrals for the befriending service. This page will be updated when referrals open again.

To contact our Black Country Community Hub email blackcountry@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

Our information helpline, downloadable resources and  free online webinars are available to people of all ages in all West Midlands areas.

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