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Autism Services Directory , updated every 24 hours.

Our branches provide a local hub where parents, carers and people with autism can get help, access services, support each other and meet other people and families in similar situations.

All our local branches are run by volunteers: please be aware that it may not be possible for your call to be answered straight away.

  • NAS Avon Branch
    Contact Address
    Diana Elliott, Branch Officer, tel: 07825 227026, email: Avon@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/avon

    Description
    The purpose of the group is to support parents/carers of adults with an autism spectrum condition. Meetings are held at a central location in Bristol. The group welcomes everyone with an interest in or concern for an adult with an autism or Asperger sydnrome. It offers mutual support, shared experience and local information and occasional outside speakers.


  • NAS Bristol Branch
    Contact Address
    Lis Pibworth, Branch Officer, email: nasbristolbranch@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/bristol

    Description
    The branch provides an opportunity for parents to meet regularly at a drop in every month - these take place on the second Wednesday of every month, with the exception of August and December, at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Rd, Bristol, Avon BS5 0AX. It provides parent led exclusive access play opportunities for families with children under 19 and their siblings.  The drop in sessions occasionally have guest speakers and parents may also borrow books and resources. Some activities need to be booked in advance and some may require a donation.  All activities are ran according to the venues conditions of service of use and so some venues may have restrictions on the age and number of children using the venue.  Parents must be responsible for their children at all times.  All activities are notified through the NAS email address. The branch has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/609850685695429/


  • NAS Gloucestershire Branch (formerly Stroud Autistic Support Group)
    Contact Address
    NAS Gloucestershire Branch, c/o Alderman Knight School, Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucester GL20 8JJ, tel: 07770 731012, email: gloucestershire@nas.org.uk

    www.nas-gloucestershire.com

    Description
    The Gloucestershire Branch of the National Autistic Society provides help, support and information to families, carers, partners, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and anyone in the county of Gloucestershire with an interest in autism. The Branch organise regular evening support group meetings where guest speakers are invited to talk about a variety of issues relating to autism spectrum disorders (ASD's), monthly informal parent support meetings in Cheltenham (morning) and Tewkesbury (afternoon) during term times, branch newsletter, social activities during school holidays, practical workshops, autism conferences, local telephone and email helpline (daytime) and access to an extensive resource library.


  • NAS Mendip Branch
    Contact Address
    Branch Officer, tel: 07785 950911, email: mendip@nas.org.uk

    Description
    Parent support group meeting once a month to offer information and advice to parents/carers of children with an autism spectrum disorder.


  • NAS North Somerset Branch
    Contact Address
    Liz Kelly, Branch Officer, tel: 07436 264533, email: northsomerset@nas.org.uk

    www.nas-northsomerset.co.uk/

    Description
    Offers support to parents of children or adults who have an autism spectrum condition. This is in the form of three support group meetings a month or one to one. The Branch sends out 3 newsletters a year to its members. It organises social events for the whole family about 4 times a year. It also organises one day talks about 6 times a year ranging from talks about autism to challenging behaviour, or any other subject that members want to know more about.


  • NAS North Wiltshire Branch
    Contact Address
    Branch Officer, email: northwiltshire@nas.org.uk

    www.northwiltsasd.org.uk

    Description
    The NAS North Wiltshire Branch offers support and information for parents of children with a Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition.   


  • NAS Plymouth Adult Asperger's Branch
    Contact Address
    Dr Nigel Scott, Branch Officer, tel: 07435 789180, email: paab@nas.org.uk

    www.naspaab.org.uk

    Description
    NAS Plymouth Adult Asperger's Branch (NAS PAAB) offers support to adults with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.  They provide weekly support meetings, as well as time and space for people to chat.  This enables positive social interaction where individuals can achieve a sense of identity.  We arrange social events such as walks, barbeques, cinema outings and quiz evenings periodically throughout the year. We also offer information, support and signposting to other services where possible.  Please note that this branch is run by volunteers and, due to personal commitments, there may be a delay in them answering your enquiry.


  • NAS Plymouth Branch
    Contact Address
    Sharon Simpson, Branch Officer, tel: 07435970301, email: plymouth@nas.org.uk

    www.nasplymouth.org.uk

    Description
    The National Autistic Society's Plymouth Branch provides support for parents and carers with children and adults on the autism spectrum.  It offers a monthly daytime parent/carer support meeting, with regular visiting speakers, as well as time and space for people to chat.  People can also contact the Branch for information and advice.  The Branch will be developing further evening support meetings and other services in due course.


  • NAS Somerset Branch
    Contact Address
    Helen Brown, Branch Officer, tel: 07769 935445, email: Somerset@NAS.org.uk

    Description
    The group works to promote awareness of ASD throughout the community. The group, supporting parents, aims to work with all concerned towards the development of a brighter future in Somerset for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly Asperger syndrome. The group aspires to support and publicise the policies and programmes of the National Autistic Society and those of the education, social and health services in the county. It currently meets on a quarterly basis.


  • NAS South Gloucestershire Branch
    Contact Address
    Maria Watkins / Jo Osborne, Joint Branch Officers, Bristol BS32, tel: 07917 085132, email: southgloucestershire@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/southgloucestershire

    Description
    The NAS South Gloucestershire Branch offers support to parents and carers of children who have autism or Asperger syndrome. The branch has two support groups, a day time one that meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am - 12pm and an evening one that meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 7pm - 9pm. In addition to this there are activities for children and young people on the autism spectrum including science club, and youth club. A termly newsletter is distributed to all parents to keep them up to date with news, events and useful information. The branch has a representative on many planning groups in the area to ensure that the needs of people with autism are being considered.


  • NAS South Wiltshire Branch
    Contact Address
    Dawn Barry, Branch Officer, tel: 07795 368113, email: southwiltshire@nas.org.uk

    Description
    The branch offers: quarterly newsletter; occasional open meetings with different speakers; leisure events and cinema. Please leave a message on the phone line and someone will return your call.


  • NAS Swindon & District Branch
    Contact Address
    Orianna Morrison-Clark, Branch Officer, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5, email: swindon@nas.org.uk

    Description
    The branch provides social events such as fun days, skittles and barbeques and offers information, support and signposting services, as well as having speakers at their meetings. They currently provide a social group for young adults with Asperger syndrome but would like to expand this to have more social groups for a younger age group and another for those lower on the spectrum. The branch's committee is formed of representatives from several well-established local autism-related groups. They are SCAAS (Support for Carers of Adults with Aspergers in Swindon), DASH (Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness), a steering group comprising professionals from mental health services and third sector housing and occupational services, as well as service users. In addition, the committee has representatives of parents of adults with autism and the group for those with younger children with autism spectrum disorders (across spectrum) are also represented.


  • NAS West Cornwall Branch
    Contact Address
    Tracey Mears, Branch Officer TR1, tel: 07901 103351, email: westcornwall@nas.org.uk

    www.naswestcornwall.co.uk

    Description
    The branch exists to do what it can to help people with autism and their families. It does this by having open meetings every month with guest speakers where people have the opportunity to meet and support each other. It provides information and ideas in regular newsletters and through access to the branch library. Arranges social events and family trips out. These include a young adults group which runs on a weekly basis and a regular swimming group which has private use of a pool. Helps raise autism awareness in the area by organising public events and generating press reports.


  • NAS West Wiltshire Branch
    Contact Address
    Martine Milton, Branch Officer BA14, email: naswestwiltshirebranch@nas.org.uk

    Description
    The Branch offers support and information for parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders including those with additional special needs including ADHD, ADD, OCD, ODD, dyspraxia, chromosomal abnormalities and Down syndrome.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 7-9pm at Leigh Park Community centre in Westbury.   

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