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Drawings by kind permission of our friend Charlie Mackesy / @charliemackesy

friendship.

We formed our Friends Groups as we are all carers & parents of children, young people and adults with undiagnosed or diagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); some of us have a professional background where we support other carers and parents alongside our network of colleagues nationally and internationally who specialise in FASD. 

 

We all started on this journey at different points but together we have become stronger and with the knowledge and skills we have gained along the way, we want to be able to offer you what we needed when we first started looking.......... friendship.

We offer you confidentiality, a safe space to talk and a friendly ear to listen.

Email: You can email us and chat confidentially to an experienced parent: fasdsouthwest@gmail.com

Facebook: Our 'Friends' Facebook pages gives us lots of experience and support from across our community of FASD:

FASD Friends; South West UK:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/888952215122780

FASD Friends; Home Education: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1643979936004911

FASD Friends; Ideas for Supporting & Teaching FASD:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/493779352170508

Online: We run a monthly Online Friends session (first Tuesday evening of the month) where we chat and share stories, we offer subject specific topics with 'Ask the Expert' guest speakers from a range of subjects that are relevant and chosen by carers & parents. Please find a list of diary dates further below. 

Drop in: Subject specific sessions where we try and find solutions or hear from guest speakers

WhatsApp: We provide a WhatsApp Responsive Friends Group where we support each others challenges & celebrate our smallest but biggest marathon wins!

Play: We meet up and let our children and young people  just be themselves .... they connect at a totally different level

Events: We host weekend & holiday events in discrete safe venues 

Cake: We meet up...... chat, laugh, share stories and eat cake.... but we are there for each other if we need to be or are there in the background when we need lifting

You are not alone - we will welcome you to a safe space to explore FASD and be supported through other parents who care.

EVENTS COMING SOON: 

4th October 2022 8:30 - 9:30pm: Wills & Trusts; Questions & Answers session led by Amanda George; LLB (Hons) STEP (Trusts and Estates)

1st November 2022 8:30 - 9:30pm: FASD Questions & Answers; session led by Dr Cassie Jackson; Clinical Psychologist, Expert Witness & Clinical Lead FASD

28th February 2023 8:00 - 9:00pm Dr Raja Mukherjee, Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead Adult NDD & FASD, CCIO‑PLD 

Dates to follows: Prof Alan Price, FASD & Trauma Research, Psychology Lecturer Salford University 

To be added to our mailing list contact us below or email us at: fasd.southwest@gmail.com

Please contact us below if you would like to chat, would like to ask a question or would like to be added to our confidential mailing list for events and resource sharing or just want to find out more.......

Thank you, we will email you today x