Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team

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The Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team in North Yorkshire and York provides targeted support to families with children awaiting or recently diagnosed with Autism. Through Social Prescribers and various support sessions, they aim to improve health, well-being, and independence by offering personalized assistance, promoting self-help, and connecting families to necessary services. Project updates include initiatives like the Peer Mentor Scheme and Quality mark awards.


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Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team

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  1. Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team Ruth Little NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

  2. What is the Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team? What is the Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team? The Autism Community Connector and Engagement Team in North Yorkshire and York aims to improve the health; well-being and independence of families with children and young people who are awaiting or have recently received an Autistic diagnosis to strengthen pathways of support. The core principles of the service are: To provide free, time limited, targeted support To promote independence and facilitate self-help To work alongside families to build their confidence and skills To facilitate self-assessments and make referrals where appropriate. To complement existing services To provide practical advice, information and support NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

  3. Social Prescribers Social Prescribers spend time with families on a one-to-one basis to identify what is important to them, what potential networks of support they have and what their priorities are. They will work with families to achieve positive outcomes that are important to them. There isn t a definitive list of things that the Social Prescriber will do because it is a personalised service and it will vary as to what the individual wants to achieve. Some examples of support are: Support to build self-confidence Support with practical advice and skills Helping a family to be connected to, linked with or signposted to services and networks in their area. NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

  4. Drop-in sessions Weekly virtual session for CFW team members NYCC and CoY (possibly opening up to schools) Virtual parent drop-in Face to Face One Stop Shop multi-agency session in Libraries, for parents Northallerton Library, 23rdFebruary Acomb Garth Community Centre - Thursdays Parent drop-in s in localities Ham/Rich, Harrogate and York Parent led groups NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

  5. Project updates Peer Mentor Scheme - Carers Plus (Ham/Rich), Carers Resource (Harrogate), York Inspirational Kids (York) Flying High Award Quality mark scheme awarded by young people Evaluation Chrysalis Research NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

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