Different Journeys started when two Melbourne mums, Mel Spencer and Merrin Ayton, came together to do something about the loneliness and isolation they and their autistic children were experiencing. In February 2016 the first autistic Teen Peer Support Social Group event was held at Club Kilsyth in outer east Melbourne. It was an overwhelming and immediate success. Different Journeys has continued to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our autistic community from that day on. Our talented pool of peer mentors, event managers, volunteers, Board members, partners and professional supporters has also grown. We are proud of our collective achievements and of the many lives which have been positively changed forever because of Different Journeys.
Why not join us? Everyone’s welcome.
“The journey for families for teens and adults is made that little bit easier by connecting with the world and not feeling so alone.”
Mel Spencer OAM – Executive Officer and Co-Founder
“There is nothing better than seeing that smile on their face as they leave our event and tell me they had a great night, they have made a friend and shared phone numbers.”
Merrin Ayton – Co-Founder and Senior Peer Support Officer