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Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

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Meet up for Autistic Spectrum adults and their carers

You may recall that I recently complained that there were little or no sources of support for adults on the autistic spectrum in Thanet. You might also remember that I vowed that I would do something about that.

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I have not been idle.

Just recently I had the honour of attending my first ever Liberal Democrat Conference. It was a great experience overall but a little stressful when things did not go exactly according to plan. However I coped in no small part thanks to the support of very many friendly people.

Some of those friendly Lib Dems happened to have a background in mental health care. One such Lib Dem suggested the very thing I had been thinking of - simply starting with an informal meet up and seeing where things go.

Mike, that was the Lib Dem's name, also gave me an overview of how mental health services tend to be organised and what it takes to get things set up. Step one is to establish evidence of a need. Which a regular social gathering would do.

Thus, I propose: TWASM - Thanet Weekly Autistic Spectrum Meetup. (The first order of business might be to come up with a better name).

The aim of this group is to provide a social and supporting network for those on the Autistic spectrum and their carers. This will be an informal regular gathering at one or more locations in the Thanet area. My hope is that as we connect with others who have similar needs we can build our own infrastructure of services because, let's be honest, no one is going to do it for us.

If we later find that we need to campaign for better support we can rest assured that Thanet's Lib Dems will be there to back us up (and, I hope, many other fair minded folks).

I am interested in hearing from anyone whose life has been affected by the Autistic Spectrum (in any way) as to where, when and how frequently you would like to get together.

I am thinking that our first gathering should be somewhere low key and easy to find. It should probably only go on for an hour or so. Also important is that it should be relatively easy for one of us to slip away if things feel a bit overwhelming.

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If you are on Facebook then there is a new group you can join. It is a private group so discussions can only been seen by group members - this is so we can all feel safe talking about our needs. Thanet Autistic Spectrum Support (TASS) is open to anyone who is or thinks they might be, to some degree, on the spectrum, dyspraxic or just social awkward. It is also open to all those that care for or wish to support those of us that are.

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Flip Flops

The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. We don't like bullies and have removed all trace of his "contributions"
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Calais Fundraiser: Update

Thanet's support for the refugees in Calais has been overwhelming.

Since the start of the fund raiser over three times the target amount has already been donated. Over 800 of the initial 250 goal has been achieved.

This tells me that the people of Thanet do care about the rest of the world.

If you have yet to do so Give today.

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Home Truths

The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. We don't like bullies and have removed all trace of his "contributions"
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Why are TDC sacking street cleaners?

TDC have been shedding street cleaners at an average rate of 10.44% a year and that percentage is growing.

If you have been wondering if your street is cleaned as often as it used to be then wonder no more. Your street is almost definitely being cleaned less.

Street Cleaners in Thanet

From 2010 to 2014 TDC reduced the number of staff cleaning the streets by an average of 6 a year. If that rate holds then by 2021 (6 years from now) there will be no one cleaning our streets at all.

As of 2013-14 Broadstairs had just two dedicated street cleaners for the whole town.

To put this in perspective: By the next general election the trend data suggests that there will be just five or six staff cleaning all the streets in Thanet.

Are Thanet District Council attempting to end street cleaning by stealth?

What can be done to halt this decline?

How clean is your street?

Data: In 2011-12 just 5.2% of staff were lost; in 2012-13 staff were reduced by 10.9%; but in 2013-14 a whopping 12.24% were let go. Source: Street Cleansing Number of full time staff (or equivalent); data provided by Thanet District Council, 19 June 2014 [link]

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Autism Support in Thanet?

Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person perceives and relates to the world but what help and support is there in Thanet?

It was only a few years ago that I was formally diagnosed as dyspraxic (as well as dyslexic which would probably come as no surprise to regular readers). My family had seen that I struggled with things other people found easy while at the same time excelling at what, to others, were challenging tasks. In fact my family were starting to wonder if I had asperger's syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) and I can see why.

Despite help from my GP, who was very supportive, realising that I was "different" and wanting to find out why was not something that the NHS was ultimately able to help me with. I was able, after some pushing, to get an assessment for asperger's syndrome. The breakthrough came when my family paid for a private assessment. Learning I was dyspraxic brought me answers but it also brought many new questions.

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Local Art

Local Artist, John Wooster-Brown has a new website.

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