On this page you'll find details of services in Bristol for children, young people and adults with autism (including Asperger syndrome).

Social activities for children and young people

Out of school clubs
Out of school clubs are run by The National Autistic Sociey (NAS). If you're aged eight to 18 and have autism, you're welcome to come along, take part in activities, socialise and make friends. The clubs take place once a week, in the early evening. Activities include cooking, craft, sports and trips out to the cinema or for a meal.

Contact: Rebecca Peacock
Tel: 0117 974 8400 or 07884 068434

Sailability
Bristol Sailability enables young people with disabilities to enjoy the challenging sport of sailing. The group for young people with autism (aged eight to 18 years) is on Tuesdays from 4.30-6.00pm.

The Sailing Centre
Baltic Wharf
Underfall Yard
Cumberland Road
Bristol BS1 6XG
Tel: 0117 968 8244
Email: gill.hannan@hotmail.com

Time2Share out and about group
The Out and about group is for disabled young people and their siblings aged 8-20 years old. There are coach trips during the school holidays. We have a pick up point in North and South Bristol and we travel on a coach. In 2014 the trips included visits to Wireworld (computer gaming), Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Puxton Park and Cattle Country. When we get to our destination we split into 3-5 groups based on age and friendships. There are also regular visits to bowling, cinema and the zoo, throughout the year where young people can maintain the friendships made during the school holidays.

Contact: Rachel Smyth
Tel: 01179415868
Email: hello@time2share.org.uk

National Autistic Society Bristol Branch

This local parent group organises some activities during the school holidays, including swimming, cinema and adventure play. Parents accompany their children on all trips.

Contact the branch on 0117 904 7682 or by emailing nasbristolbranch@nas.org.uk

Hop, Skip and Jump
An activity centre in Kingswood for children and young people, that hosts specialist autism groups as well as drop-in sessions throughout the week.

Hop, Skip and Jump
Grimsbury Road
Kingswood
Bristol BS15 9SE
Tel: 0117 967 7282
Email: southwest@hopskipandjump.org.uk

Special Friends Activities Club
This parent-led group offers fun, friendship and activities to children with special needs and their families. Meets as a holiday club for all ages.

Tel: 01454 882836
Website: www.specialfriendsclub.org.uk

Bristol Autism Project
Bristol Autism Project provides free activities during the school holidays for children and young people with autism and their siblings. There are two groups: over-11s and under-11s. You can self-refer to the group and once you've been accepted onto the project, you'll be sent a timetable of activities before each holiday so you can book places. 

Over 11s group
Tel: 0117 974 8400 or 07884 068434
Email: rebecca.peacock@nas.org.uk

Under 11s group
Tel: 07827 979698 or 0117 353 4088
Email: shirley.young-lumsden@bristol.gov.uk

Social activities for adults

Bristol Asperger adult social group
A social group for adults that meets in a pub in Bristol, usually on the second Tuesday in each month from 7.30-9.30pm.

Contact: Andrew Powell or Nick Tarleton
Tel: 07919 258823
Email: andrew.powell@nas.org.uk

Network Group
Bristol University-run social group for adults with Asperger syndrome. Runs fortnightly on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm.

Contact: Katie
Tel: 07535 014120
Email: Ubu-network@bristol.ac.uk
Website: http://networkbristolsca.yolasite.com

Wire World
A gaming café for young people and adults in Radstock.

Tel: 01761 439451
Website: www.wireworld.co.uk

National Autistic Society North Somerset social activities 
These generally take place in the North Somerset area and include:

  • walking group, Saturday mornings
  • craft evenings, Tuesdays
  • activity club, Wednesday evenings.

All groups cost £5.

Tel: 01934 412575
Email: nikki.edwards@nas.org.uk

Neuro Native
Invitation-only social media site for people with Asperger syndrome in the Bristol area. This is a new initiative by Avinash Patil and Andrew Powell. For an invitation, email: andrew.powell@nas.org.uk

Magazines, chatrooms and events

Asperger United
A free quarterly magazine produced for and by people with Asperger syndrome. Suitable for people 16+.
Subscribe online at www.autism.org.uk/aspergerunited or write to:

Asperger United
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London EC1V 1NG

The Hub
The Autism Education Trust has an online chat room for teenagers with autism called The Hub.
Website: www.aet.org.uk

Autscape
An annual weekend event for adults with Asperger syndrome and autism to meet and learn more about  autism culture.
Website: www.autscape.org.uk

National Autistic Society community services

Our flexible outreach service helps children and adults with autism across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to become more independent in all aspects of their lives. We offer youo support at home and out an about in the community, helping you to build your confidence and achieve specific goals.

Our service costs about £20 per hour, so it is best to approach your social services department for funding if you are interested. We have a template letter you can use: email andrew.powell@nas.org.uk and ask for a 'Social services letter'. Parents can contact social services on behalf of their children.

Tel: 0117 9748400
Email: meriel.woolmore@nas.org.uk