Want to live longer?

You betcha!

One of the ways to help you achieve this I learnt today was to have a good network of friends. We take having friends pretty much for granted – but people with autism find it much more difficult to make and keep friends, and as a result can feel particularly lonely and isolated.

I have just begun volunteering at Friends Action North East – (FANE)  and today was my induction. The group have been supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism to build and maintain friendships in and around Newcastle upon Tyne since 2004.

A little group exercise exploring the difficulties people with autism might face when deciding to meet a friend

People with autism face many barriers when making sustainable friendships – finding accessible venues is one of them. To help combat this, FANE has an on-line rating system called NEAR (North East Accessibility Rating – a bit like Trip Advisor) which encourages people to rate and review venues across the region – but with a strong focus on accessibility information, service and the whole experience.

My role as a volunteer will be to help with the website and NEAR, designing posters for FANE events,  and getting the message out on Twitter.

I’m looking forward to getting started properly next week. If you are on twitter and are feeling generous today – please give Friends Action NE a little follow on Twitterhere’s the link

A few re-tweets every now and then wouldn’t go amiss either …….   thanks! 🙂





Published by speddinga

Photographer based in North Tyneside, UK - Event, Portrait, website. My website is www.NorthTynesidePhotographer.Wordpress.com AlisonSpeddingPhotography@gmail.com

Is there anybody out there? Would love to hear from you...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: