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OSSME Offers Free Support for Parents of Autistic Children

Posted on 30th May 2019

Service with over 20 years of excellence teaching and training people to effectively support those with autism has helped to set up a free parent support group in Ainsdale.

The OSSME parent group for parents of children on the autism spectrum meets once a month at the MeCycle Bike Workshop & Café by Ainsdale train station.  

OSSME, a team within charity Autism Initiatives, understand that if you care for a young person with autism there can be extra challenges that other people may not fully comprehend. 

Sharon Williams, Manager of OSSME explained: “The group aims to make the potential challenges seem a little bit smaller - we want parents to feel supported and to know where to find further support if needed.  There is plenty of hands on, practical advice from people who have a deep understanding of Autism and of the services available to those living with the condition.”

The OSSME parent group also provides opportunities for parents to connect with and support each other in a relaxed and stress free environment, and anyone with a child who has an autism diagnosis or is awaiting diagnosis is welcome to attend.

Vicky Jones Manager of MeCycle is delighted to host the monthly group meetings, she said: “MeCycle is a social enterprise set up by Autism Initiatives. It supports young autistic people through work placements and training, so we were more than happy to offer a space for the OSSME Parent Group to meet.”

The demand for the parent support group has been outstanding, with families travelling from across Sefton to benefit from the sessions.  Those wanting to attend are asked to book their free place by calling MeCycle on 01704 579353.  All those caring for people with autism are welcome to come along, however some of the topics covered are more suitable for those caring for children under the age of 20. 

Details of forthcoming OSSME Parent group meetings are listed on Facebook @OSSMEAI and on Twitter @OSSME_AI