About carers News Hope Programme Are you a parent or caregiver of a child on the autism spectrum including ADHD (no formal diagnosis necessary)? Would you like to cope better, feel more in control of your emotions and be more resilient? It is important for parents to stay connected, even more so during this time of social isolation. We are offering free online Hope Programme, a 6-week online group self-management programme for parents and caregivers of autistic children to help you cope with life during lockdown - to feel more in control and more resilient. Each week the course covers topics like: • managing stress • smarter goal setting • gratitude • character strengths • physical activity • eating well • coping with fatigue • practicing mindfulness • communication and relationships The course includes quizzes, worksheets, audio and video materials, interactive activities and social networking via email and forums. There will also be a live mindfulness session and opportunity for the group to come safely together online. You will be supported throughout by trained facilitators. The course can be accessed from PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The course is not delivered in a way for people to be on “at the same time”. You will have access to the course 24/7. It takes about 2 hours to go through the materials each week, but you can do this at your own pace and time that suits. We delivered pilot courses with a group of parents and many found the course helped them to feel better with their child’s diagnosis and family life. “The Hope Programme has been a real turning point in my life. I must say I was feeling pretty sorry for myself before embarking on it, 14 months on from my son’s diagnosis. But through the programme I feel like I have broken the downward cycle.” Previous participant Start dates: 13th July 2020 and 24th August 2020 If you’re interested or want to find out more about the programme book your place now.