A social group which gives adults who have Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism somewhere to meet with other like minded people and make friends. For people on the autism spectrum the idea of going out, being around other people and having to socialise can be really anxiety provoking. There are so many of us who spend hours on end in our bedrooms at home, talking to people through a computer screen, never actually getting out and meeting people or making friends but often having an overwhelming desire to do so. I know I, personally, was in that position before I began attending the social group, and as a result I had become very depressed because I was so lonely. The social group provides a place for people, like me, on the Autism Spectrum, to go and be around other people. It allows us to be around other like-minded people, in a place where we can feel safe and know we can be ourselves and there will be no judgement whatsoever. This gives the perfect opportunity to learn and develop social skills in an environment where you know it doesn't matter if you get something a bit wrong. You won’t get laughed at or picked on for it, because everyone there understands and is in the same boat. Often those of us on the spectrum don’t get out to places because of the stresses involved in organising and getting to places, the anxiety around being there, not to mention the fact that you need people to go with and we so often don’t have friends. The social group occasionally gets to go on trips, and these trips are so important. It means we can get out and visit places – zoos, museums etc. – that we wouldn't normally get to, with an adult we trust to help organise and arrange things, and who we know will help us out if needed while there. Not only that, we get to go with a group of similar people, with similar difficulties, who we get on with and can have a good time with, but who also won’t judge at all if any of us are struggling at any point because we all understand each other. The social group is vitally important in allowing those of us on the spectrum to get out, be around other people who are like-minded and understand, in a safe, calm environment. It enables us to learn and develop our social skills, see places we wouldn't normally see on the trips, and to just have fun, which helps no end with emotional well being!