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Help and support

Information and support for people who have autism, their families and their carers.

Support for parents and carers

National Autistic Society (NAS) Avon Branch

Offers support and information for parents and carers of adults who may have autism including Asperger syndrome. Meetings are held four times a year in central Bristol, giving an opportunity to exchange experiences and information. The main areas of concern covered are diagnosis/assessment, training, employment, housing and support. The branch officer and committee members attend meetings and events to raise awareness of autism spectrum conditions and the needs of individuals and can provide information on the areas of concern and where to go to get help if it is needed.

For more information contact Diana Elliott, Branch Officer on 07825 227026 or e-mail avon@nas.org.uk.

Carriages at the Avon Valley Railway

Carriages provide a meeting place for adults with additional needs to come along with their carers on Tuesdays 1.00 – 3.30pm. It meets in a railway carriage at the Avon Valley Railway. The arts and craft sessions are run for adults with learning difficulties to be assisted by their own support workers.

Cost: £2.50 for full or part session

The Music Train

Contact Liz Gray to book a place for the Music Train or Carriages

Social and network groups

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Aspergers Group

Meets every Sunday at The Compass Inn, Tormarton, 2-4 p.m. Contact Justin Scott Charnock on Jcharnock@hotmail.co.uk  or call 07827 960213.

www.meetup.com/Bristol-and-Gloucestershire-Aspergers-Group

Children and Young People

Local support for parents

Courses for parents or carers whose children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum condition or Asperger syndrome are offered by South Gloucestershire Council. The courses have been designed by the National Autistic Society and Barnardos; these organisations accredit and license the trainers.

The courses are based on the age of the child:

  • Ages 2 up to 4 years – Early Bird NAS
  • Ages 4 up to 9 years – Early Bird Plus NAS
  • Ages 9 up to 18 years – Cygnets Barnados

Local contacts

Supportive Parents

Provides information and support to families of children with any type of special education need (SEN) from 0-19 years in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

They are an independent organisation offering a free confidential and impartial service to any parent who has a concern about their child’s education. They will provide parents with information they need to understand the SEN process.

For more information go to http://www.supportiveparents.org.uk or telephone the Information and support line 0117 9897725

National Autistic Society (NAS) – South Gloucestershire Branch. Support for parents and carers. For further information contact southgloucestershire@nas.org.uk or visit http://www.nasbranch.org.uk/southgloucestershire

The Bradley Stoke Support Group – meets once a month, usually the first Wednesday of the month at Baileys Court Activity Centre, The Pavilion, Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8BH

They also provide a monthly Aspie club and science clubs

South Glos Parents and Carers

A group of parents and carers in South Gloucestershire all with children and young people who have a disability or additional needs. The group helps to improve the services and support available for families by working in partnership with the local authority, NHS and any other groups in South Gloucestershire.

The parent and carers group run a monthly informal coffee morning where parents can just drop in and have a chat with other parents. We are also happy to sign post families to further areas of support.

They have two other parent groups that provide support as well as planned activities for children:

  • JIGSAW – meets once a week on a Thursday afternoon in Thornbury
  • Little Treasures meets once a week on a Thursday morning in Hanham

For more information visit www.sglospc.org.uk 
Email parents@sglosparentsandcarers.org.uk
Telephone 01454 501009

Clubs and activities for children and young people

Evening clubs for children and young people with Asperger syndrome aged 8-13 years and from 13-18 years. Please contact the NAS Out of School Club: OOSC@nas.org.uk

CEA cinema card

The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card Website. This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

Autism friendly cinema screenings

For more information visit their website at

http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-care/autism-friendly-screenings/

Netmums

Netmums provide local signposting on support for parents of children with autism or Aspergers in South Gloucestershire.

http://www.netmums.com/southglos/local/index/support-groups/special-needs-autism-aspergers

National support

The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism and Asperger syndrome and their families. They provide information support and services. They also campaign for people with autism.

The National Autistic Society Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families and carers.

Call 0808 800 4104. Lines are open 10 am – 4 pm Mondays to Friday except Bank Holidays.

Call 0808 800 4106 for the Parent to Parent helpline a confidential listening service provided by parent volunteers.

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