Monday, 12 November 2018, 7pm - 9pm

Welfare Benefits

The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Getting to the Dorchester venue

7pm Doors open Hosted by Trish Crawford
Refreshments Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening.
7.20pm Notices

December meeting . This year our Christmas meeting will be about sensory good things. We’ll have glow sticks, sparklies and lights as well as stim toys and a weighted blanket. There will also be board games and light snacks (crisps, mince pies and biscuits). If you’ve got a favourite game you’d like to bring please do.

Christmas Meal The Bournemouth group have a Christmas meal at the Bath Hotel in Bournemouth. It will probably be on 16th December this year. Dorchester people are welcome to attend, just let Trish know if you're interested.

Future meetings It’s your group, what topics would you like to see next year?

Can you help keep the meetings going? Looking for people willing to host and make the tea, also people to help with group administration.

Any other notices? If you have anything you’d like to bring to the group, you can share it here (if you don’t want to speak, let the host know before the meeting starts and she’ll read it out).

7.30pm Main Event

Benefits – Lizzie Jones, Autism Wessex The topic of benefits comes up often at our meetings - a lot of people find it very stressful and difficult to claim benefits they’re entitled to. The benefits system is changing a lot at the moment with the introduction of Universal Credit in our area and the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and this is causing many people worry and stress.   This month at our Dorchester meeting, Lizzie Johnson, Information and Advice Officer from Autism Wessex will be talking about benefits.  Lizzie is experienced in supporting autistic people and their families to claim benefits.

And Finally ..... Time to network, chat, seek advice or help, bring news to the group etc.
End of meeting Grateful thanks for helping us ready the Café for the following morning :)
First Visit? DAAS West is a small and welcoming group. You can just listen; observe; join in and take part; get up and move about; come and go at your leisure; whichever feels comfortable for you. You are kindly asked to sign the register to comply with fire regulations. Directions and pictures of the meeting room.
Confidentiality Please respect each other's privacy and don’t discuss outside meetings who else attends or what they say at DAAS events, unless that person has given you permission to do so.
Can I Attend? DAAS and DAAS West meetings are open to those on the spectrum both diagnosed and undiagnosed plus carers, friends and family.