Neurodivergent Group

Drop-in group for people who are autistic/neurodivergent and also trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant or questioning. A chance to connect with each other, chat and receive support.

First Monday of the month: 2:30-4:30pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton, BN2 1RL

The Clare Project Neurodivergent drop-in is a monthly space where people who are autistic/neurodivergent and also trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant or gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services.

You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions. The group is organised and run by facilitators who are trans or nonbinary and autistic/neurodivergent. You can have a look at our group agreement to find out a little more about how we try and keep the space as safe as possible for everyone attending.

The set-up of the drop-in is informal. There is an area with tea, coffee and snacks, a social space with tables and chairs for people to sit and chat with one another, an activities table for people that prefer to do art or play games and quiet spaces where you can relax. There is also the option to sit outdoors in Dorset Gardens. This drop-in is usually a lot quieter that our general drop-in, and we try and keep lights fairly low and provide plenty of quiet spaces. There is no pressure to ‘mask’ at this event – we encourage stimming and provide plenty of fidget toys, you can wear headphones if it’s easier, and can communicate verbally or non-verbally using communication cards or assistive technologies. You can bring a personal assistant or friend/family member for support if you want to.

Our facilitators are all autistic/neurodivergent and trans, non-binary or gender variant individuals who are there to help keep the space safe, to answer any questions you might have and to talk to you about our services or direct you to other local support options. If you are feeling nervous, please try and approach one of us and we will be happy to sit and chat with you.

Accessibility

  • Fully wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair-accessible toilets.
  • Have a certain amount of light and sound, but have quiet spaces available.

Transport

  • No direct parking, closest is paid parking on surrounding streets.
  • 15-20 min walk from Brighton train station.
  • Closest bus stop is St James’s Street Stop J.