Meeting up with other Aspergians in London.

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Do you want to meet other people with AS in London?
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10 May 2012, 7:04 am

Hello,

I am interested in the possibility of meeting other people with AS in London. I noticed from other posts that there have been meetups in the past in London with visits to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and other locations.
Is anyone else into this idea?

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10 May 2012, 8:08 am

We had a meet-up in London just over five weeks ago. I was one of the people that attended. There wasn't a massive turnout the last time we got together - only about six or seven of us actually turned up in the end.

And actually, we never went to the Natural History Museum - we ended up at a pub on St Martin's Lane.

Also, most of the people on this site from the UK aren't necessarily based in London - we're spread out across the UK and getting to London for me is a hassle.



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10 May 2012, 8:11 am

Tequila wrote:

Also, most of the people on this site from the UK aren't necessarily based in London - we're spread out across the UK and getting to London for me is a hassle.


Same. Whilst I can get to London, it would mean going up the day before and returning the day after. And getting around can be difficult too.



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10 May 2012, 9:11 am

Hi Innerpeace :)

Threads like this have normally been in the Social Skills section. Umm I've organised two meetups and the turnout really varies. The first meetup I organised had around a dozen people.
Usually these don't get organised unless one person takes the lead in getting people together but I would be interested in going to one again.

In terms of locations I wouldn't bother with museums again if you were going to suggest one. Just because it's hard to have a proper meet then as people tend to go off on their own.

So yeah I'm sure a few people would go to a meetup in London.


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10 May 2012, 12:44 pm

I live in London but hardly ever even meet up with my friends as it is, so the idea of meeting up with a bunch of strangers...err...no, not going to happen.



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11 May 2012, 6:55 am

Thanks for your feedback everyone. Point taken about London being a hassle for those living far away. Perhaps a solution is regional meetups across the UK, organised by people in each region?
Gemstone123, thanks for your reply. Point taken about this sort of post being more applicable to the Social Skills section. Also point taken on someone taking the lead to make it happen. Maybe instead of a museum, a good location could be a park in London. I know Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park, Hyde Park are all pleasant spaces. Maybe a picnic?

Thanks

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11 May 2012, 7:04 am

I should be visiting London in June, I don't know any London WPers well enough to meet up though.


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11 May 2012, 7:33 am

It's not far by train for me (just over an hour on a good day by train). If there is enough notice given like 1-2 months and some clear instructions on how to find each other then sure I'll tag along :)



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13 May 2012, 12:38 pm

Innerpeace wrote:
I am interested in the possibility of meeting other people with AS in London.
You are invited to the London Autistic Rights Movement's next event, in Camden:
http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt197951.html
There will be plenty of Autistic/Aspie Londoners over there.

You can also come to the Autism London Asperger meetings:
http://www.mcch.org.uk/pages/common/mcch.aspx?pg=8515 (they are good)

You can also join an Aspie group, with lots of Londoners, on Facebook. They do have picnics together. (pm me to get to that group).


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13 May 2012, 2:34 pm

Thanks Ken,

I might go along to these. As well as the events you mentioned, I see on the Autism London Asperger Group website, that there is going to be a ''special 10th anniversary meeting'' on Wednesday 23rd May, 2012. It is taking place at the VAC Centre, 293-299 Kentish Town Road NW5 2TJ.


More info here:

ALAG
AUTISM LONDON ASPERGER GROUP
Invites you to a special 10th anniversary meeting Wednesday 23rd May, 2012

‘After diagnosis...
Outcomes in adult life for more able individuals with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome’
by Professor Patricia Howlin
Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the NHS, Professor Howlin has helped to develop guidelines for diagnosing and treating autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
Doors open at 5.00pm. Talk commences at 6.00 pm.
Afterwards there will be a chance to socialise, catch up with old friends, make new friends and enjoy some refreshments!

To help us plan our catering, please confirm you will be attending by emailing: [email protected]
Venue: VAC Centre, 293-299 Kentish Town Road NW5 2TJ.
The nearest station is Kentish Town (Northern Line & Thameslink, buses 134, 214, C2).
On leaving the station turn left and cross the road. VAC is located between Snappy Snaps & Iceland. Please press button 6.

ALAG is a support group for adults with Asperger’s syndrome living in the Greater London area. We have regular monthly meetings in which a wide variety of topics are discussed (such as employment and relationships). It is a chance to meet others, to talk about common issues, and to support and help each other. We also plan social events.
If you wish to visit for the first time, please contact: Ethney Anderson, Community Development Officer at [email protected]



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13 May 2012, 11:31 pm

I have mixed thoughts and feelings about meeting up.

I don't live in the UK but if a meeting was arranged near where I live I am not even sure I would attend that!

I enjoy the annonymity of WP and the fact that I can choose my level of engagement and am free not to respond to direct questions and to withdraw from a thread whenever I want.

It would be an event where I would probably have more things in common with more people than at a typical social event that I endure but I think I would probably be happier just getting a synopsis from one of the WP, forums than participating in the event in person.


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14 May 2012, 5:37 am

I am mulling over the idea of organising a meet-up in a park in London. Somewhere quiet and peaceful. There is lots of green, open space in London. Considering the possibility of Hyde Park. Any thoughts?
Feel a bit dubious about going to the Centre in Kentish Town as it is a somewhat formalised setting. There are also medical professionals there and as I have not engaged with the medical profession before on the subject of AS, I have some concerns about it.



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15 May 2012, 8:22 am

Innerpeace wrote:
I am mulling over the idea of organising a meet-up in a park in London
By the way, would you like to come to Autscape this summer?
( http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt197496.html )
It will be in Norfolk, in July.


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15 May 2012, 9:03 am

KenG wrote:
Innerpeace wrote:
I am mulling over the idea of organising a meet-up in a park in London
By the way, would you like to come to Autscape this summer?
( http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt197496.html )
It will be in Norfolk, in July.


Norfolks quite a way from London (where I live). Also I may be doing some eco-village projects in Berkshire at this time. However I won't rule out the possibility of coming along. Thanks for letting me know.



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15 May 2012, 10:48 am

Innerpeace wrote:
Afterwards there will be a chance to socialise, catch up with old friends, make new friends


This made me chuckle :lol:



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16 May 2012, 1:14 pm

We don't know who you are though! How about an introduction?

Does Autism London attract the same crowd as Contact and Danda?