‘A warm welcome awaits’ – New walking group announced for people in East Devon living with autism or Asperger syndrome

A new walking group for people in East Devon living with autism or Asperger syndrome will meet monthly in Sidmouth.

The Aspie Walking Group has been formed by ‘like-minded people’ with the aim of sharing experiences and exploring Sidmouth.

The first walk has been planned for Friday, January 7, 2022, setting off at 11am from The Triangle bus shelter, in Sidmouth.

The organisers said there is no need to book, and a ‘warm welcome’ awaits.

The walking group is for those with autism or Asperger syndrome as their prime diagnosis, or for people who identify as such. However, you do not need a diagnosis to join in, the organisers said.

Liz Slater, Sidmouth resident and walk leader, said: “The aim is to get together with like-minded people to share our experiences whilst exploring the delights of Sidmouth.

“Many Aspies find that within our own groups we can drop our masks and express ourselves without apology or explanation.”

Jo Hall from Newton Poppleford, co-founder of the group, said, “It is a relief to find like-minded people.

“We share coping strategies and examples of helpful services, forming our own supportive community.”

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Co-founders Liz Slater and Jo Hall with Kevin Hickson.
Photo: with permission.

Kevin Hickson of Sidmouth will be providing professional support to the group.

The walks will take place on the first Friday of each month, meeting at 11am, setting off from The Triangle Bus terminus in Sidmouth.

The walks will last around two hours and include a refreshment break.

A spokesperson for the walking group said: “There is no need to book, just turn up, meet with Liz, Jo and Kevin at the shelter on The Triangle. You will receive a warm welcome.

“We are aware of COVID-19 restrictions and will follow the latest restrictions and guidance when we meet and walk.

“The group is run and led by people with autism, for people with autism.

“See you on Friday 7th January for the first walk of the year.

“Don’t worry if you miss the first one. We’ll meet up at the same place on the first Friday of every month for a different walk.”

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The walks take place around Sidmouth.
Photo: with permision.

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