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Our mission is to empower young people with ASD by providing them with a social platform that fosters an environment for them to create positive connections, feeling of inclusion, and linking families with services and support!

Stephen Shore coined the phrase, “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism”.  Different Journeys is reflective of this because each and everyone’s journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is different. No two journeys are the same because no one individual is the same.

Our logos were created by a parent of a child with ASD. They can be interpreted in many ways either as talking marks, people socialising, or representative of male and female genders. 

Different Journeys specialises in helping teens and adults living with ASD, and their families, to come together and socialise in a safe and supportive environment with the aim to share the journey, celebrate, connect, and create positive communities.

Empower. Mentor. Inclusion.

Meet our Committee

Our Supporters

The Footmen Foundation
Parisotto Design
I CAN Network
Interchange Outer East
Club Kilsyth
AMAZE
Larissa Hill Photography
Life Assist
Holmesglen
Maroondah Council
Complete IP
Podular Media
Olga Tennison

Events

BANUYLE Teens ASD Peer Support Event
BANUYLE Teens ASD Peer Support Event

Our next Teen ASD Peer Support Social Event in Banyule Council on Sunday 27th October at Greensborough RSL

The event runs on a monthly basis from 5.30pm – 8pm, every forth Sunday of the month.

To book tickets you need access our online link each month, which will released via our facebook page and or through emails if you are on our database.

If you would like to be added to the database, please email us at differentjourneys@gmail.com and let us know which event you would like to be linked to for more information and for the booking links each month.

Tickets are $6.50 (which is redeemable on the night for a soft drink or juice) and other menu items are at your own cost.

Don’t forget to bring your device, as we do run a Kahoot Quiz around 7pm!

The next even will be held on Sunday 27th October at Greensborough RSL.

You will be able to purchase tickets online from our online link at https://www.trybooking.com/BEZVT.

You will need to purchase a ticket one per person attending, including all family members, carers and or support workers.

Look forward to seeing you at the Greensborough RSL!

BANUYLE 18+ ASD Peer Support Event
BANUYLE 18+ ASD Peer Support Event

We have a second ASD Adult Peer Support Social Event running on a monthly basis now in Banyule Council at Greensborough RSL.

The aim of these dinners is to enable young adults to integrate within the community, form friendships, potentially link in with other support available within the community and empower and educate them to know that they are very worthy participants in our community.

The events are held in a private function room, seperate from the public where we have access to a cashier to order your meals, a buy to order your drinks and toilets for our function only.

Bring along your device (iPad, iPhone etc) as there is free wifi to access and we run a Kahoot quiz after dinner. We also provide board games and card games that you can play.

You RSVP each month via our trybooking link which is open the week before each event. Our trybooking link is released via facebook and our email mailing list.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list for this event please email differentjourneys@gmail.com

Ongoing events will be running the first Monday of each month at Greensborough RSL. The next event will be on Monday 4th November (Cup Weekend) 2019

The online link to purchase your tickets will be open from 28th October.

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MAROONDAH ASD Teens Peer Support Event
MAROONDAH ASD Teens Peer Support Event

We meet at Club Kilsyth in the Canterbury Room, which is a private function room on the third Sunday of the month. This means only teens, their families and the Club Kilsyth staff will be accessing this room, no one else.

The tables are arranged so the teens can sit with each other and the parents/carers sit on other tables. If you want to sit with your parent or carer that is ok, too.

When you arrive, the teens order their meal at the bar with the support of one of our committee members, through this process.

Bring your device (iPad, iPhone etc) as there is free wifi to access. We also provide board games and card games that you can play, as well as a variety of colouring in books.

We run a Kahoot quiz after dinner, which is an online quiz game. You will need to use your device to play the quiz, and the adults are welcome to join in too!

The results so far have been extraordinary from our dinners and there have been many positive stories from families that have attended. We open RSVPs via an online survey each month in the week before the Sunday event, so hopefully we see you next month!

Email us to join our mailing list for the reminders, or follow us on Facebook.

The online link to purchase tickets will open on 8th November 2019.

You will need to purchase a ticket one per person attending, including family members, carers and or support workers.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the next event on Sunday 17th November 2019!

MAROONDAH ASD 18+ Peer Support Event
MAROONDAH ASD 18+ Peer Support Event

We have now started an 18+ dinner for young adults with ASD which are becoming very popular, on the second Tuesday of each month.

The aim of these dinners is to enable young adults to integrate within the community, form friendships, potentially link in with other support available within the community and empower and educate them to know that they are very worthy participants in our community.

The current statistics in regards to individuals living with ASD are very alarming with employment, suicide, mental illness and inability to leave the house. Whilst we are aware we cannot fix all this, we aim to try and make slight improvements and this is the aim of Different Journeys holding these monthly dinners.

We run the 18+ ASD dinners in the Canterbury Room, at Club Kilsyth which is a private function room. Parents/carers are welcome to stay and have a meal themselves connecting with other families in the bar area of the venue, which is facilitated by a parent with children with ASD.

Bring along your device (iPad, iPhone etc) as there is free wifi to access and we run a Kahoot quiz after dinner. We also provide board games and card games that you can play.

The next event will be held on Tuesday 12th November (second Tuesday of each month).

You can now purchase your tickets (one per person, including support workers, parents and carers) via our online link will be open from 5th November.

Hopefully, we see you next month!

Autism Family Swim Nights
Autism Family Swim Nights

We are now hosting Autism Family Swim Nights on a monthly basis thanks to the support of Interchange Outer East, Belgravia Leisure and Kilsyth Centenary Pools.

This is open to all ages and a way that younger autistic children and their families can connect in with Different Journeys.

This event is strictly closed to the public and tickets must be booked in advance.  Numbers are also capped each month, so get in quick when ticketing opens each month.

These events run on the first Saturday of every month at Kilsyth Centenary Pool, Hawthory Road Kilsyth.
The pool is closed to the public and open to us from 6pm8pm.
Each ticket includes access to all indoor pools and includes a bbq for dinner.  Costs are $5 per person (including tickets required for support workers).
We do not accept companion card.
Our next Autism Family Swim Night will be help on Saturday 2nd November 2019 6pm – 8pm.
You can purchase your tickets online from our online link at https://www.trybooking.com/BCPTO (one ticket per person attending).
Hope to see you there
Forums & Information Sessions
Forums & Information Sessions

Families have asked if we are going to continue to provide more forums and sessions, and the answer is YES!

We just held our Allied Health panel evening in August which as was sell out event. We have had very positive feedback and hope to run another panel session in the near future. The night was an opportunity for families to come and listen to a panel of 6 professionals discussing what an allied health team can offer their family. The discussions were based on a case study and linking common goals, NDIS plans and what it can possibly look like when you therapy team are working together in a multidisciplinary approach.

Stay tuned for more information sessions to come. All sessions will be ASD specific.

18+ ASD Sydney Events
18+ ASD Sydney Events

We have teamed up with Autism Community Network (ACN) to replicate our adults peer support social events fro Melbourne, in Sydney. ACN are now able to bring what will become a regular event for autistic adults everywhere in Sydney to come to.

The Autistic peer support evenings will be held at  Club Rivers in Riverwood on the first Monday each month from 6 to 8 pm. The club is next to Riverwood station and has long supported autism in the community. There will be games and opportunities to meet others, and you can order a meal while you’re there, followed by a Kahoot Quiz. For more details contact Steve at ACN info@autismcommunity.org.au

 

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Venues
Venues

Club Kilsyth are not only one of our supporters but the staff and management have gone over and beyond of what we could have ever imagined in terms of their flexibility, positivity and engagement with us, Different Journeys, and all of our families every month, at both dinners.

We are constantly in contact with Club Kilsyth to ensure we are providing a supportive environment for our events.

Families are now accessing Club Kilsyth outside of our events regularly, as their teen/s or young adult/s with ASD are comfortable and confident is visiting this venue for an outing.

If you are a member of Club Kilsyth and live within 5kms you may also have access to their Members Bus 7 days a week – contact the Club for more details.

We now have an additional two venues we are running events from. One in the northern suburbs in Melbourne at Greensborough RSL and also now one in NSW Sydney at Club Rivers. Our events have just started at the two new venues from July and August and again we are so grateful for all the additional time and effort both venues put in place to help make their environments / venues inclusive for our autism communities.

 

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Testimonials

PARENTS
PARENTS

“I have two boys on the spectrum and it’s great to see them both so comfortable and happy amongst their peers and they both look forward to the following months catch up. It’s not often we get to go out as a family so these nights benefit us parents as well as the kids,” – Alex Edwards

“Everyone needs to find their tribe, other people who speak the same language and just ‘get’ each other. For young people living with ASD attending the Different Journey’s Dinner offers the opportunity to meet other members of their tribe,” – Tracy-Ann Pettigrew

PROFESSIONALS
PROFESSIONALS

“The group can also be an advocacy group to help the understanding and services for those with ASD,” Tony Attwood – Clinical Psychologist.

“These social outings help teens and young adults develop important life skills which they can transfer to other situations in the community,” Richard Eisenmajer – Clinical Psychologist.

COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY

“Club Kilsyth is proud to host the Different Journeys ASD functions, and these dinners also assist our staff to better understand aspects of people living with ASD,” Laura – Club Kilsyth Functions Manager

“Having had the privilege of attending Different Journeys ASD Social Group dinners, I can attest to the genuine opportunity that these events provide for teenagers and adults to connect with like-minded individuals and feel included in the community,” Michael Sukkar – Federal Member for Deakin

Contact Us

0490 774 068
differentjourneys@gmail.com
We DO NOT provide emergency assistance.
 
If you require assistance, please contact:
 
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Suicide Line – 1300 651 251
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Police, Fire, Ambulance – 000

We support celebrations, we provide connections, and we create communities.