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Anxiety – Are You Anxiety Aware?

Posted on 14th May 2014 by

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental ill health. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014, let’s talk about that.

Since 2000, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has been raising awareness and generating discussion about issues relating to mental health. They have campaigned around a variety of themes so far over a week each May, including loneliness and physical activity. Now it’s time for 2014’s theme – anxiety. Here’s our insight into the topic.

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Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group, 25th October

Posted on 23rd October 2012 by

From Becky Heaver, Group Facilitator, Impact Advocacy Services:

The first meeting of the Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group went really well, we had ten people from across north and mid-Sussex, and have arranged the next meeting for:

Thursday 25th October, 7-9pm, at the same place The Old Post Office Resource Centre, 30-32 Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9DS.

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PatientView – patient groups around the world appraise health apps

Posted on 8th October 2011 by
PatientView has distributed a report “What Do patients Think of Health Apps?”, a review by patient groups of health apps as tools for the self-management of patients medical conditions. See
It is fascinating to read of the variety of ways in which mobile phone apps can help people with many different conditions, including Asperger syndrome, epilepsy, haemophilia, hearing disorders and learning disabilities.
The report has been made available for download to those registered with PatientView, who have to respect copyright and not pass it outside their organisations.
David Botibol, Trustee

Aspire Marathon update

Posted on 27th April 2011 by

Aspire would like to say a huge thank you to Aidan Goatley, our runner in the Brighton Marathon who raised a wonderful £320.00 for the project. Unfortunately for Aidan, he was unable to complete the marathon due to injury, but did manage a respectable 13.4 miles of the course. Commiserations and congratulations to him for his efforts. His contribution has paid for a set of books called Glimpses of Aspergers written by Professor Marie Harder of Brighton University, a copy of which will be given to each of our project members to be used with their mentors as a tool to raising self-awareness of Asperger syndrome.

Consultation on services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions

Posted on 6th January 2011 by

There is a consultation opportunity for those adults with autistic spectrum conditions to pass on their views about needs and local services. An online questionnaire is available on the city council’s consultation portal at: .

The questionnaire is quite wide-ranging and includes questions about  ASpire, ASSERT, Autism Sussex and Rookery (Hove). I hope that a lot of people do express their views through this survey, and that we get to see published some interesting analysis of the responses.

Happy New Year, y’all!


Asperger syndrome Service User Awareness Workshops

Posted on 24th November 2010 by

Yesterday saw the first outing of ASpire’s Awareness Workshops for people with Asperger syndrome. Following a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, it is usually the case that no information about the condition and what it means for the individual is provided. This was certainly the case for all of those who attended our first workshop – none of them had ever received any explanation of what Asperger syndrome was and how having Asperger syndrome would affect their lives. Post-diagnostic support in Asperger syndrome is non-existant and this is something that we hope the Brighton and Hove City Council’s Autism Strategy will address as a priority.

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So many new mentors!

Posted on 9th November 2010 by

I am overwhelmed by the number of enquiries from people wishing to become mentors with ASpire – 14 in the last 3 weeks. Our next training session should be full to the brim with aspiring Aspirers and I’m very much looking forward to working with them all.

We Need You!!

Posted on 27th October 2010 by


I’m new in post as Project Leader at ASpire, although I have been with the project in various guises for the 5 years of its operation. Outside of ASpire, I have written a number of books on Asperger syndrome and deliver training across the country to increase understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome.

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City Council Scrutiny Panel on Services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions

Posted on 18th September 2010 by

A Scrutiny Panel on Services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions has been set up by Brighton & Hove City Council to develop a local response to the first National Autism Strategy.
See .

The needs of adults with autistic spectrum conditions will be the subject of a public meeting on Friday September 24 from 10am to noon at Hove Town Hall.

ASpire screening of ‘Adam’ – Friday 2nd October

Posted on 2nd September 2009 by

Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton

The date of the special Aspire screening of the film ‘Adam’ at the Duke of York Cinema, Brighton has been confirmed as Friday 2nd October at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the screening are available online at:

The film focuses on a man with Asperger syndrome forming a relationship with the woman who lives upstairs from him. So, come along and help us raise some money for Aspire’s mentoring work with adults with Asperger syndrome.

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