Swadlincote Asperger’s Society< Back to Shortlist

Feeling frustrated by the lack of understanding, or opportunities, for vulnerable adults, a group of adults on the autism spectrum set up the Swadlincote Asperger’s Society four years ago. They began The Big Welcome Café - friendly, drop-in art therapy workshops offering others in the area the chance to meet new people and learn new skills.

The group have worked with a range of artists and have worked on projects including various crafts and zine making as well as creating a photography exhibition, a multi-media installation and staging a public performance event.

The group attracts people with a range of disabilities, mental health issues and those who are socially isolated. Being led by vulnerable adults, they create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. This friendly and supportive environment helps participants to overcome their anxieties and develop their creativity. Founding members have grown in confidence as leaders and now volunteer elsewhere in the community.


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