Covid-19 update 01/05/2020

Hi Everyone, I hope you are keeping safe in these uncertain times.

Back when I first notified you of the changes we are making to our services due to the restrictions in place, I said these would be reviewed at the beginnning of May.

Please click here to see the orginial update

I am sad to say that not much has changed and we will still not be able to run any of our face to face sessions, groups or training.

With the social distances measure in place still and no prospect of them being relaxed. These measures will be reviewed in 2 months time (01/07/2020).

Please see below for updates to our services

Family and Youth Support Groups

– All groups both Youth and Family will remain closed, this will be reviewed on the 01/07/2020

-We encourage you to use the facebook groups/pages to remian in contact with those from the groups, as we understand this will start to become a very lonely and isolating time for some of you:

Facebook groups:

Thetford Family

Norwich Family

Aylsham Family

Dereham Family

Norwich Youth

– Join us on a Saturday Morning 10:00-11:00 for our virtual support group on ASD Helping Hands Support Page

Family Support service

The Family Support Service has now stopped receiving referrals. This is down to an influx of referrals but also limited time and volunteer resources to manage the case loads received.

-This measure will be reviewed on a monthly basis with the next review happening on the


-We encourage anyone needing support to get in touch to use our Live Chat service which is available from 9am – 9 pm Monday to Saturday. Just look for the chat box on our website.

E-learning and Shop

-We have a wide range of E-learning courses on our shop aswell as many resources to help.

-Plus we have something else in the works which we hope to reveal to you very shortly!

Summer Activities

-It is with great regret that this year we have taken the decision to not hold any activities over the summer. We do not know which venues will open or how long these restrictions will be in place for, so will not have enough time to prepare everything we need to to ensure they run safely.

Further Information and Resources

– Autism and Covid-19 resources

-Homeschooling help

-Managing your mental health

Help with your Mental Wellbeing

We had a visit from Lauren who gives some helpful activities to maintain your mental health wellbeing..

Help with Sensory Issues

For further information and the latest advice on COVID-19 please visit the Goverment / NHS websites on:::

Thank you for your understanding,

And remember Stay Home and Stay Safe my friends,

Lee Gibbons

Operations Manger

ASD Helping Hands