Connecting neurodiverse people
The Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected (KNPC) service was delivered by S4Nd throughout the summer and autumn of 2020 offering support, advice and connection for autistic or neurodiverse people feeling isolated and vulnerable as a result of Covid-19. The service received positive feedback from participants and commissioners.
The KNPD service was for neurodiverse people aged over 18 and living in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Neurodiversity includes autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, Tourette’s or any similar diagnosed or self-identified neurological difference.
The service offered:
- an initial 45-minute 1-1 support call
- additional bookable sessions
- What’sApp group
- online ‘moot’ gatherings on Google Meet
- Facebook Group
- information about coronavirus support services
- membership of the Society for Neurodiversity (S4Nd) and access to online forums
The KNPC service was run in Calderdale by the Society for Neurodiversity (S4Nd) and was funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale. S4Nd is a national organisation that campaigns to empower autistic and other neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential and promotes understanding and embracing of neurodiversity.
“Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected has been helping me keep in touch with real people during the lockdown. Until Angie met up with me – at a safe distance – I had not spoken to another human face to face for a couple of months, other than in shops. It really did make a huge difference, as my depression was going into overdrive at that point. thank you, Angie, and S4Nd”Colm, Upper Calder Valley