Sometimes, talking to people who share similar experiences to yours means you’re more likely to feel understood and get the help you need. That’s why we’ve set up our peer education programme for parents, carers and personal assistants of autistic people.
We have hubs in regions across England that offer guidance sessions for parents, carers and personal assistants of autistic people. These sessions are run by peer educators and may take place in a group or one-to-one setting.
Peer educators can be paid employees or volunteers and receive comprehensive training and support from their hubs.
Could you be a peer educator?
Are you a parent or carer of an autistic person? Would you like to help other families of autistic people in your local area? We’re looking for people who are interested in becoming peer educators and share their knowledge and experience with others.
Contact your local hub to find out more.
Why become a peer educator?
“As a service manager and a late diagnosed autistic woman, being an peer educator is very important to me. My hope is to help parents and carers to understand autism while showing that being autistic shouldn’t limit their loved ones to achieve their own potential. There is little support out there for autistic people and their support network after a diagnosis, so I wanted to pass on my own lived experience and working knowledge to help others."
Peer educator, Autism Central, South East
"I wish this amazing service had been available for me when my autistic teenagers were much younger. But now as a Peer Educator, I am able to offer the guidance and help to families that I so desperately needed back then."
Peer educator, Autism Central, North West
"It is humbling to see parent carers balance busy lives, making time to better understand how to meet the needs of those they care for. The relaxed sessions provide Carers, PA’s, and Peer Educators a positive atmosphere enabling all participants to leave feeling supported, informed, and empowered."
Peer educator, Autism Central, London
"Supporting parents/carers is very rewarding as I remember how lost I felt at the beginning of our Autism journey. If I can help others not to feel as lost as I did then I feel satisfied."
Peer educator, Autism Central, East of England
"After raising two children with additional needs I am passionate and committed to empowering parent carers through education and guidance in navigating the SEN system. My role in Autism Central allows me to provide much-needed targeted support to families across the region."
Peer educator, Autism Central, North East and Yorkshire