During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic we delivered a Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected (KNPC) service. The service offered support, advice and connection for neurodiverse feeling isolated or vulnerable as a result of Covid-19.
The S4Nd KNPC service was for people aged over 18 and living in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. It ran in the summer and autumn of 2020 and was funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale. We received positive feedback from participants and commissioners.
The KNPC 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
“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