Welcome to the Autistic Spectrum Collective

A charity dedicated to supporting adults on the Autistic Spectrum and their carers.

We strive to improve their quality of life and reduce isolation through various activities and programs. Our goal is also to raise awareness about Autistic Spectrum Conditions among the public, private, and third sector organizations.

Liverpool MakeFest 2024
6th July 2024
It’s a ‘Fab’ welcome back to the largest free Maker Event in the UK!

If you’ve not attended before, Liverpool Makefest is a one day hybrid technology and arts & crafts participatory festival where lovely makers get together to show their projects to the public, with the hope of enthusing the next generation of creative technologists and artists.

It’s a fun, educational, buzzing and often wacky day that takes place in the unusual setting of Liverpool Central Library.

Our event is totally free to attend and open to all. It’s important to us that everyone has equal access to this great resource. We do have FREE tickets available via Eventbrite. You won’t be asked for your ticket to gain entrance but it helps us show support for the event and justify future funding.
About the Collective
The Autistic Spectrum Collective (formely the Asperger’s Collective) was born in 2016 out of the need for resources and services, in particular the provision of social opportunities, for autistic adults both pre and post-diagnosis. It is run purely by volunteers who have a lived experience of autism or a personal diagnosis.

We work alongside the NHS (Mersey Care) Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis Service, who partially fund our work, to provide a space and support for our service users and their carers.

Our key focus is to extend their social circle, which can be extremely limited for some, and reduce their isolation. Our provision is based on a monthly cycle of events and activities run by the trustees and other volunteers, who have a lived experience of autism either as carers of people with ASC or those with an ASC diagnosis themselves.

We seek to promote what we do as a potential model of support, which people in other locations could use.

The main part of the Autistic Spectrum Collective are the Drop-In Sessions were many things go on:

Socialising

At the Drop-In Sessions, we come together – no matter where we are from, in a safe environment with like-minded others, to interact, engage in activities such as having a chat over a cup of tea or coffee or engaging in board games such as chess and Scrabble.

Seek Advice

There are opportunities for you to seek specific advice and have informal conversations with representatives from Mersey Care Autistic Spectrum Conditions Service (diagnosis, health and support); the Department of Work and Pensions (in relation to benefits, including PIP and employment) and the Whitechapel Centre (housing).

Workshops

Attendees can take part in one of our workshops, which are frequently devised, developed and run by service users themselves. Recent workshops have included Drama, Singing, Film Appreciation, Hula Hooping and Shared Reading sessions. A different workshop is run each month.

Relaxing Environment

At the Drop-In sessions everybody is friendly and welcoming. People come to have a drink and a chat, but if things get too overwhelming, there is also a quiet room to escape to and there is the opportunity have a neck and shoulder massage with a professional masseuse. Reservations for a massage are on a first come first serve basis.

Carers Meet Up

There is also a specific session for carers and family members who need to talk to others and compare experiences on dealing with challenging situations.

When do the Drop Ins take place?

The Drop-Ins are held on the last Friday of every month from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. If you are interested in attending a Drop-In, then click on the link below to find the date for the next one.

Interested? Click here to find the next date  

Carers Support Group

First Monday of every month at 1pm | Sefton Park Community Centre

Those who look after autistic people, and/or who are family members, are often under considerable stress in trying to give their loved ones the best possible experiences in life. Sometimes they need to “off load” and share their experiences with others in a similar role.

Short Walk

First Friday of every month at 12:30pm | Sefton Park, Lark Lane Entrance

The Short Walk is a chance to meet up monthly outside the Drop-In, on a different day, normally a Friday lunchtime; to have a chat and go for a short walk, around Sefton Park. Afterwards we carry on our conversations over a drink or coffee in one of local café/bars on Lark Lane.

Planning Meeting

Every Second Friday at 12:45pm | Sefton Park Community Centre

All of the ASC activities need to be planned in advance. The ASC Planning Group meet every month to co-ordinate activities and plan future events. This meeting is open to all and suggestions are welcome.

Shenanigans Pub Meet Up

Once every month on a Tuesday at 7:30pm | Shenanigans Pub, Tithebarn St (near Moorfields station)

We are aware that not everyone can always make it to the “Drop-In” on a Friday afternoon, so we have arranged an additional social evening, around a pub quiz, for the 18-40’s age group. The pub has given us a dedicated space where we meet for a drink, a chat and a few rounds of quiz questions, some written by our own attendees.

Other Activities

To Be Announced when planned | Keep checking the Activities Timetable where we will put up dates for these activities.

From time to time we organise a number of additional one-off events. These have included day trips to places like Llandudno in Wales, 10 pin bowling and amazing art exhibitions at Gallery 455 on Smithdown Rd (where many of our Art Hub users exhibited their work to the public).

Art Hub
Every Wednesday 1pm-3pm
For those with creative interests, we have developed an Art Hub catering for up to around 10 people at Gallery 455, 455 Smithdown Road, L15 3JL (use link below for location map). Those interested in activities such as painting, digital art, printing, photography and jewellery making are very welcome. Some of our work has also been exhibited in the gallery where it is also for sale.

As places are limited to 10 people, it is important to contact us first to make sure there is a place for you, in order to avoid disappointment.

Here are the dates for our upcoming activities:

DateActivityLocation/TimeMap of Location
Monday 1st JulyCarers Support Group
Sefton Park Community Centre
1pm
Link Here
Friday 5th JulyShort WalkSefton Park
Lark Lane Entrance
12:30pm
Link Here
Friday 12th July
Planning MeetingSefton Park Community Centre
12:45pm
Link Here
Friday 26th JulyDrop-InQuaker Meeting House
1:30pm
Link Here
Tuesday 30th JulyPub Quiz
Shenanigan’s Pub
7:30pm
Link Here




  • Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT
  • This is the address for the Drop In Sessions.