The National Autistic Society Cymru's new Blaenau Gwent Branch complements a fantastic network of volunteer branches throughout Wales. Our branches provide a local hub where parents, carers and autistic people can get help, access services, support each other and meet other people and families in similar situations.

In Blaenau Gwent, the branch recently elected a new committee of incredible volunteers, dedicated to providing help and support to families across the county. We are delighted to announce the new Branch Chair is Caroline Phillips and the Treasurer is Julie Williams.

Already, the team have been providing signposting and advice to people in the area as well as organising and hosting a range of activities allowing parents and carers to meet up and share experiences of accessing services and support locally.

The branch recently spent a freezing November night in Brynmawr for the Christmas lights switch on, raising money and talking to local residents, helping to make people more aware of autism and the support available from the branch.

They’ve also been busy preparing for their Christmas Party at the Eden Centre in Abertillery as well as hosting coffee mornings and support groups, which give people the opportunity to meet the branch, put their feet up and enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Our branch’s activities in Blaenau Gwent rely on support from the local community and a special thanks goes to The Baileys Arms in Cwm for hosting a 90s themed night and raising nearly £900 for the branch, allowing them to start planning new and exciting activities well into 2017. 

The National Autistic Society Cymru’s Senior Branches and Community Engagement Officer, Sarah Morgan, said, “Caroline, Julie and the amazing team of volunteers in our Blaenau Gwent branch have really hit the ground running and have already made a huge impact on many families in the area. Blaenau Gwent, like many of our branches, can only exist with the dedication and commitment of inspirational volunteers who take the time out of their own busy lives to ensure that others facing the challenges they have faced, don’t struggle alone. We are so thankful to have such a great team in Blaenau Gwent.”

If you want to find out more about the branch and their meetings and activities, join them on Facebook or email BlaenauGwent@nas.org.uk