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  Young people with a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Aspergers (you must be safe when out in the community with a group, must be able to use money and travel cards independently, and also a mobile phone)
Every other Thursday 6.45pm to 8.45pm and every other week out in the community on an outing chosen by the group
Phipps Bridge Youth Centre, Haslemere Avenue, Mitcham CR4 3TY
A voluntary donation is requested at the end of each term, we suggest £2.50 per session for each session that you attend (we may occasionally ask for a one-off contribution if young people choose to go somewhere particularly expensive that is above the project budget)
Up to 20 young people can be registered
Self-referral, no social service referral needed

ACES is a youth club run for and by young people themselves with support from our specialist staff. It is aimed at young people who find it difficult to make friends or join in social groups and activities and would like a place to go where every effort is made to accept each person as an individual and where care is taken to adapt the environment to reduce anxieties related to your diagnosis.

The purpose is to have fun and feel that you belong to a group of similar young people. The club aims to have a mainstream approach doing the same things as any typical youth club, indeed, we welcome other young volunteers who are willing to come along as participants and who are willing to act as buddies (expenses are paid).

We will invite speakers to facilitate discussion sessions now and then on topics that the young people choose e.g. bullying in school, internet safety, relationships, stress of exams and so on.