About

Leeds Autism AIM is a free service for autistic adults in Leeds who receive little or no funded support. It was founded in late 2014 by The Advonet Group (formerly Leeds Advocacy) and is co-led by a number of autistic adults and carers/parents of autistic adults.

We developed the service after running some specialist autism advocacy and mentoring provision. It was set up with autistic adults because there was a need identified for ongoing support to help people achieve their potential.

We offer advocacy, information, autistic-led groups and post-diagnostic support for newly-diagnosed autistic adults. Normally, we run a weekly drop-in at Lovell Park on Tuesday afternoons and quieter fortnightly ones on Friday afternoons at the same venue for booked appointments and groups.

Coronavirus update

Since the Coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020, we have been offering remote support by phone, email, text chat and video call. To make a referral for remote support, please go to our online referral form.

We also run post-diagnostic support sessions for autistic adults diagnosed within the last 12 months of their first appointment with us. At the moment, we offer these online, by phone call or text chat.

Advocacy

We can offer advocacy support at our weekly drop-in on Tuesday afternoons, or at our weekly Friday hub session for booked appointments only, as well as online and by phone, email or text chat. Some of our paid staff do advocacy work, some of whom are autistic themselves.

Information

Information and signposting are both major parts of what Leeds Autism AIM can offer. You can find info and get signposted to services at either of our two autism hubs, via email or phone or through our website. 

Mentoring

**Please note that this service is currently on hold, as of autumn 2021. When our mentoring service is back up and running, we will let you know as soon as possible**

Peer Support

**Please note that this service is currently on hold, as of autumn 2021. When our one-to-one peer support is back up and running, we will let you know as soon as possible**

What we don’t do

Please note that Leeds Autism AIM do not provide support workers or personal assistants. We also don’t have case workers assigned to specific people. Please also note that our services are for autistic adults living in Leeds (aged 18+).

Sometimes, we will work with a 17-year-old as they transition into adulthood to let them know what services are available once they turn 18.

Leeds Autism AIM does provide low level short-term advocacy, peer support, mentoring and post-diagnostic support, self-advocacy resources, information and signposting. If you have never used the service before and would like our help, please make a referral.

Privacy policy

We are part of The Advonet Group, an independent advocacy charity in Leeds. As such, we abide by their Data Protection and Procedures Policy, which is available at this link: https://advonet.org.uk/about-us/our-policies/