P R O G R A M M E
Monday, 10th April 2017, from 7.15pm
The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE


THEME: Welfare Reform – The Current Position
Welcome & Introduction Our Host for the evening is Carole Driver.
Refreshments & Voluntary Donations Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening. A voluntary donation of £1 per head is appreciated.
Pause for Thought “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” Dr. Temple Grandin
ASD Mingle A new social group is being set up in Bridport for anyone able to attend in the daytime. If there is sufficient demand it may be possible to set up an evening group as well.
Main Event
19:30 - 20:30 hrs
Welfare Reform – the current position - with Helen Bowyer, Welfare Benefits Caseworker from Dorchester Citizens Advice Bureau. Helen has been with the CAB for 15 years and in addition to advising on benefits and associated topics she also trains generalist advisors. So, as well as giving an overview of how the benefit situation and recent or proposed changes may affect you, Helen will also be open to discussing some of the related wider issues which may be of concern to those attending the group.
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 is comfortable
New Team Our thanks to Julian Cherryson for advising us of Autism Wessex news.
Grateful ThanksCarole Driver & The Dorchester Team