Tuesday 16th January 2018 from 7.00pm
Room FG06, Fusion Building
Bournemouth University, Wallisdown

How to find the room


Our Hosts for the evening are Diane Waters & Sara Gilbert.

Room FG06 was also our venue in January 2017. It’s on the ground floor of the Fusion Building near the rear car park.

Refreshments From 7.15pm. Available from 7.15pm. Coffee/Tea with biscuits
Sensory Table Explore and try out items which may help to manage sensory sensitivities or which have been recommended for a sensory diet. Before & after the formal part of the meeting (but not during !)
Notices 7.30pm
  • Update on DAAS – looking forward. Progress on changes
  • The DAAS Group Committee and teams
  • 9th May 2018 – Tony Attwood Conference in Southampton.
  • The Curly Hair project – ASD Family & Education Days
  • 15th February – Valentines Club Night – Cameo Bar, Bournemouth
Main Event c7.45pm

Changes and opportunities in Mental Health - April 2018. We are very pleased to welcome Steve Jones - CMHT Service Manager, South & East Dorset to tell us about some important and welcome changes.

Mental health issues (anxiety, stress, depression etc) are commonly found alongside autistic spectrum conditions and can also affect carers, either from their own perspective or from concern about their family members.

Steve will be talking about the recent Acute Care Pathway Review and discussing some of the developments to services in Dorset in 2018 and beyond. This includes  potential opportunities for those on the spectrum.

Steve manages 6 teams, based in Christchurch, Wimborne and Wareham who provide secondary mental health services to adults and has been in this post since 2014, having previously worked in Hampshire. Steve is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in MH services since 2000. He mixes operational and strategic roles so works on the development of services as well as on day to day matters, such as responding to complaints and monitoring quality issues.

Round table discussions. After Steve’s talk there will be an opportunity to discuss the topic further or to take part in a couple of other discussions on unrelated topics - of interest both to those on the spectrum and those who support them. Please come along and share your thoughts or listen to others.

And Finally ..... Time after the Main Event to circulate, chat, seek advice or offer help and generally catch up.
Note for first-timers At DAAS meetings you are welcome to join in and take part but you are also welcome to just listen & observe – whatever feels comfortable.
Can You Help? Many thanks to those who already help in running DAAS meetings or who have recently offered to take on some of the support roles. If you would like DAAS to thrive and prosper please think seriously about what you too can do.