Support, Advice and Information
How to ﬁnd us
We are on hand to offer advice and support to Aspirations members when they need it, whether it relates to personal issues, day to day problems or accessing jobs and training including one-to-one support if appropriate.
Other ASGMA Services
ASGMA offers a range of services and support for individuals, parents and carers, including regular support groups, speakers meetings, telephone support, newsletters, a library and an information service. For further details on ASGMA and how to join, go to our website www.asgma.org.uk, call 0161 866 8483 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leave Stretford Metro Station and turn right onto Edge Lane. Cross Chester Road using the subway – following the signs to Stretford Public Hall. On leaving the subway, walk along Chester Road, away from Stretford Mall, and ASGMA is on the corner of the third block, immediately after Herbert Street.
There are regular buses stopping on Chester Road, Edge Lane and Kingsway. For bus times please ring GMPTE or check their website www.gmpte.com
From M60: Leave the M60 at Junction 7. Turn onto the A56, Chester Road, towards Manchester. After passing Stretford Mal, cross trafﬁc lights over the A5145 and immediately turn left onto Dorset Street. Turn right onto Cyprus Street then right onto Herbert Street. ASGMA is at the end, on the left hand side, and the Car Park is at the rear of the building. From Central Manchester: Follow A56 (Chester Road) turn right onto Davyhulme Road East (just after canal), turn left at lights onto Moss Road, across staggered junction onto Victoria Road, 2nd left onto School Road, across staggered junction onto Herbert Street. ASGMA is at the end, on the left hand side, and the Car Park is at the rear of the building.
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ASGMA is a membership organisation and people attending Aspirations need to be covered by an ASGMA membership. Aspirations members over the age of 18 can join as individuals, but we would always encourage Family Membership so that the whole family can beneﬁt from ASGMA support.
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The ASGMA Aspirations Project
The Aspirations Project provides a range of social and leisure activities and support for people with Asperger syndrome and related conditions, aged 10 years and above, who live in the Greater Manchester Area.
With a wide range of activities on offer, there is something to appeal to all our members. Activities include:
The Aspirations Project provides opportunities for our members to have fun and meet with other people. It also helps members to make friends and develop their social and life skills.
Our Resource Centre In Stretford Our Resource Centre in Stretford is equipped with a wide range of facilities including: • Art Room: with various art and craft materials. • Pool and Air Hockey Room • Computer Room: laptops with internet access. • Games Room: with the latest games consoles, including Microsoft X-Box , Sony Playstation and Nintendo Wii. • Music Room: with keyboards, guitars, electric drums and Karaoke. • Meeting Room: for discussion groups and training. • Lounge: with comfortable sofas and a ﬂat screen TV/DVD for members to have a chat or just relax. • Kitchen: where members can make a drink or cook meals. • Quiet Room: available for members to get away from it all when they need to!
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Youth Clubs: regular meetings at our Resource Centre in Stretford. Drop-In Sessions: members aged 16 years and above can attend regular drop-in sessions at the Resource Centre, to meet each other and Aspirations Staff for a chat or advice and to use all the facilities we have to offer. Art Projects: we run regular art classes, plus special projects covering painting, drawing, mosaic and pottery led by professional local artists.
Evening and Weekend Activities: including bowling, cinema, swimming and trips to local museums. Pub Nights: a meal, a drink and a chat in a local pub for the over 18’s. Walking Group: for the over 16’s we have regular walks exploring the varied countryside throughout the North West. Allotment Project: we have a large plot at the Brooklands Allotments site in South Manchester, where we grow our own fruit and vegetables, and are developing a nature area to encourage local wildlife. Family Group: open to parents and carers as well as siblings of Aspirations members.
Football and Sports Groups: open to all ages, meeting regularly for a friendly game of football and for a range of other sports activities.
Independent Living Skills: to support our members to learn skills such as planning and cooking healthy meals, as well as shopping and travelling independently.
Girls Group: as the girls are in a minority within the Aspirations Project, they get their very own group. Activities include bowling, cinema and theatre trips, as well as girls’ nights in, when they order pizzas and watch a ﬁlm.
1-2-1 Targeted Support: in conjunction with our Life Skills Project, we can provide 1-2-1 support and help to Aspirations members based on their individual needs.
Holiday Activities: full days out during school/ college holidays to places like Alton Towers, Blackpool Sandcastle and the York Dungeons. Short Break Holidays: we aim to organise a short break holiday for our members each year. In the past we have been to adventure holidays in the Lake District, Haven in Blackpool, Centre Parcs and the Children’s Adventure Farm in Lymm.
An introduction to the ASGMA Aspirations Project for people with Asperger's syndrome