Shropshire Council

Autism West Midlands Update July 2022

08 July 2022 Last updated at 04:18

Welcome to our summary for the “summery” month of July!  Below you will find details of our upcoming events and activities with an emphasis on opportunities for the coming holiday.  The team have been busy delivering our core offer as well as additional work on an exciting pilot called Autism In Schools.  The pilot will be drawing to a close soon and we are looking forward to hearing feedback from the children and young people who have taken part, as well as from their parents.

NEW – we will be continuing with ZOOM advice appointments during August in response to demand from parents – scroll down for booking link below.

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Summer Holiday Family Events

Picnic and Play event Telford Town Park – Wednesday 27th July 11am-1pm

Meet up and let the children explore and play together in the Town Park, bring a picnic if you wish, chat with members of the AWM team and (hopefully) enjoy some sunshine!

Historic Chirk Castle – Thursday 11th August 11am-1pm

The chance for Shropshire families to enjoy the idyllic surroundings of this National Trust property for free (parking charges apply).  Beautiful relaxing gardens, explore the history of the castle, meet other families and the AWM team.

Get active at Attingham – Tuesday 23rd August 10am-12pm

Attingham Park has some great places for families to play, build dens, enjoy nature and spend time outdoors together.  Bring a picnic too if you wish.


All In Short Breaks events for Teens (12-17 yrs up to 18th birthday)

Whether someone relishes trips out and about or prefers the familiarity of centre-based activities we have something to appeal to them throughout July and August – book as many sessions as you want, all young people must be registered with All In.  Find out more about each day below…

youth club-based in Shrewbury Monday 25th July Games/crafts/making pizza/yoga taster session

youth club-based in Shrewsbury Monday 1st August Games/film/baking/silk painting

Hawkstone Park Follies Wednesday 10th August Out and about – a great day exploring and burning off some energy!

youth club-based in Shrewsbury Monday 15th August Drama workshop/tie-dye t shirts/film/games

Whixall Marina with Shropshire Wildlife Trust Wednesday 24th August bug and beastie hunting/pond-dipping/3D sculpture building Blists Hill Victorian Town (Telford) Wednesday 31st August – always a popular trip, step back in time with AWM!

WEEKLY Zoom Advice slots – every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

For those would like some face-to-face contact we are offering this virtually via video appointments. Zoom works well on mobile phones. To book a 45 min advice appointment with a specialist autism advisor please book via our shop.

Virtual Support Group for Parents - Wednesday Mornings 10am-11am & Wednesday Evenings 8pm-9pm – 1st and 3rd Weds of each month (term time)

Our online support groups meet twice a month via Zoom. This is an opportunity to talk with other parents, share ideas, and offer support.

If you would like to join either of the support groups, please email the team here

Dad’s Group – Monthly on a Thursday 7pm-8pm

This is an opportunity for dads to meet online, share ideas, celebrate their children’s achievement’s and offer support to each other with a member of Autism West Midlands present.  For more information and booking details see link below

Advice and support

We also offer advice and support over the phone and via email. Parents/carers and professionals can contact our small team directly to arrange an appointment please call:

Shropshire office         01952 454156

Mon, Wed, Fri              Wendy Cowton            07900784186

Weds, Thu, Fri             Emma Hegenbarth      07881109480

Tue, Wed, Thu             Dawn Lewis                 07706309382


Helpline                       0121 450 7575