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Social groups in England

The information below is coming from the Autism Services Directory

Groups listed are those that are found on the Autism
Services Directory
at present. New additions and changes
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  • AS We Are, Chippenham
    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description
    The Chippenham AS We Are group (there are also groups in Trowbridge and Salisbury) gives adults with autism the chance to get together once a fortnight, for a couple of hours with others who know what it feels like to be them. We meet as adults, in adult spaces and the agenda is purely social. People can chat or stay on the edge, they can display their autism as much as they want and they will not be judged. You have to pay your way like any other social group but most people only come to the sessions which interest them. Nearly all sessions take place within a walk or bus-ride of Chippenham town centre. There is no fee or 'sub' to be involved, all members who offer an email address or mobile number will get a fortnightly text & email letting everyone know what we are doing that week. Sessions are not planned far in advance to help keep the group responding to members ideas and preferences. Over the course of the year we have between 22-24 meetings giving people the chance to try new places as well as return to favourites.

    Located address
    Richard Conlon, Social Programmes Leader, Unit 22, Wansdyke Business Centre, Radstock Road, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2BB, tel: 07825 732985, email: richard.conlon@nas.org.uk


  • AS We Are, Trowbridge
    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description
    The Trowbridge AS We Are group (there are also groups in Chippenham and Salisbury) gives adults with autism the chance to get together once a fortnight, for a couple of hours with someone who knows what it feels like to be them. We meet as adults, in adult spaces and the agenda is purely social. People can chat or stay on the edge, they can display their autism as much as they want and they will not be judged. You have to pay your way like any other social group but most people only come to the sessions which interest them. All sessions take place with a walk or bus-ride of Trowbridge town centre. There is no fee or 'sub' to be involved, all members who offer an email address or mobile number will get a fortnightly text & email letting everyone know what we are doing that week. Sessions are not planned far in advance to help keep the group responding to members ideas and preferences. Over the course of the year we have between 22-24 meetings giving people the chance to try new places as well as return to favourites.

    Located address
    Richard Conlon, Social Programmes Leader, Unit 22, Wansdyke Business Centre, Radstock Road, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2BB, tel: 07825 732985, email: richard.conlon@nas.org.uk


  • NAS ASSIST London – Connect Women’s Group
    Contact Address
    020 8962 3018, email: assistlondon@nas.org.uk

    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description
    Held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month between 4pm-6pm, Connect is a social group for all those who identify as women on the autism spectrum. It is a relaxing space for people to meet and socialise with one another and plan and participate in running a variety of activities.

    Located address
    12, The Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2NH


  • NAS ASSIST London - Social Steps (free)
    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description

    Held twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's between 5.00pm-7.00pm. Social Steps is a relaxed and informal social group. It provides an opportunity for adults with Asperger syndrome who live in either Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster or Hammersmith & Fulham, to come and relax, play games and socialise with one another.



    Located address
    NAS Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre, 73c, St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ, tel: 020 8962 3018, email: assistlondon@nas.org.uk


  • NAS East Lancashire Social Group
    Contact Address
    Adam Haworth, (PARC) Deputy Manager, c/o National Autistic Society, Margaret House, Queen Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn BB6 7QP, tel: 01772 558 576, email: adam.haworth@nas.org.uk

    www.autism.org.uk/socialgroups

    Description
    This social group is for adults at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, such as those with Asperger syndrome (AS). Social Groups are supported by volunteers who are recruited and trained by the NAS. Volunteers come from all walks of life. Social Groups are membership groups which meet monthly, and activities are discussed and decided on by group members. Activities can include going to the cinema, meeting up in the pub for a drink, going for a meal, visiting a museum, or meeting up as a group for a chat or to play board games.


  • NAS Herts Evening Social Group
    Contact Address
    Manuela Bazon, Facilitator, tel: 01442 247046, email: manuela.bazon@nas.org.uk

    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description

    An informal group, meeting once a month - (usually the last Thursday of every month) for a drink, meal, play pool and socialise.



    Located address
    Watford WD1


  • NAS Lambeth Adult Autism Social Group
    Contact Address
    Jacqui Thomson, Coordinator, tel: 07845 148689, email: lambeth@nas.org.uk

    http://naslambethbranch.webeden.co.uk

    Description

    This is a club for people over 18 years and have autism, high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome, and social communication disorders who want to meet up with other people to enjoy activities. It is a chance to meet old friends, and make new ones. It meets on a weekly basis on a Monday between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. Club nights in are at the Stockwell Centre with café, table tennis, quizzes, board games, computer games, music, drama, crafts and sports etc. The cost is £1 per week. Club Nights out include walks, cinema, restaurants, West End, sports, bowling, museum visits, disco, pub quizzes, etc, and there will be a programme of events given out once you join. Costs vary, some events are free. Find us on Facebook: Lambeth Autistic Social Group.




  • NAS Manchester Social Group
    Contact Address
    Lesley Martin, Manager, National Autistic Society, Anglo House, Chapel Road, Northenden, Manchester M22 4JN, tel: 0161 945 3341, email: lesley.martin@nas.org.uk

    www.autism.org.uk/socialgroups

    Description
    The NAS runs a social group in Manchester for adults with high functioning autism and Asperger syndrome on the first Tuesday of the month. The cost is £5 per session plus any activity cost on top.


  • NAS Surrey Service - Aspire Social Group
    Contact Address
    Bettina Stott, Drop In Co-ordinator, email: SEResourceCentres@nas.org.uk

    www.autism.org.uk

    Description

    Aspire is primarily a place to meet others with Asperger Syndrome. The people who attend the group are aged between 18 and 40+ and come from all over the county and beyond. Some live independently, with their parents or in supported living; some work full or part-time, others are in college or at university and others are currently looking for employment.  Meetings are in fortnightly on Thursdays in the Godalming Pepperpot:

            • 6-7pm “social hour” 
            • 7-9pm structured Social Skills session.

     



    Located address
    The Pepperpot, High Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7


  • NAS Telford Social Group
    Contact Address
    Beth Jones, Project Worker, Grovebrook House, Whetstone Street, Whetstone, Leicestershire LE8 6LA, tel: 0116 2866956 or 07974 067833, email: beth.jones@nas.org.uk

    www.autism.org.uk/socialgroups

    Description
    Social Groups are for people over the age of 18 at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, such as those with Asperger syndrome (AS). The groups are facilitated by a Session Worker who is responsible for a number of groups in their area. Social Groups are supported by volunteers who are recruited, CRB checked and trained by the NAS. Volunteers come from all walks of life. Social Groups are membership groups which meet monthly, and activities are discussed and decided on by group members. Social Programmes Managers and volunteers then support the Social Group members to make things happen. Activities can include going to the cinema, meeting up in the pub for a drink, going for a meal, visiting a museum, or meeting up as a group for a chat or to play board games. The group meets twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Please contact Beth Jones about joining the group, available places may be limited.

    Located address
    Telford TF3


  • Somerset NAS Social Group
    Contact Address
    Alexandra Crick, Founder, tel: 07411933054, email: alexandra.crick@hotmail.co.uk

    Description
    A monthly social group for parents/carers and young people/adults with autistic spectrum disorders. Young adults under 18 years old would need to be accompanied by a parent/carer. The first meeting is on Friday 7th March, 2014 from 19.30-21.30 at The Henhayes Centre, South Street car park, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8DA (next to the Aqua Centre).

    Located address
    The Henhayes Centre, South Street car park, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8DA


  • The National Autistic Society Centre, Greater London (Ladbroke Grove)
    http://www.autism.org.uk

    Description
    We support people of all ages on the autism spectrum to help them achieve their full potential. Our centre offers a safe and supportive environment in which children, young people and adults can meet other people, try new activities, explore interests and develop their confidence and independence. We can provide packages of support for those who require structure on a daily basis. We also offer support and training to families, carers and professionals. We don't offer a drop-in service.

    Located address
    Presbytery Building, 73c, St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ, tel: 020 8962 3010, referrals: 020 3326 1200, email: se.services@nas.org.uk


  • The National Autistic Society Centre, North Somerset
    http://www.autism.org.uk/somerset

    Description

    The Lynx Resource Centre has been developed by The National Autistic Society (NAS) to offer a range of Vocational Training, Social Enterprise and Sheltered or Supported employment opportunities to adults who are on the autism spectrum. The centre has Open College Network (OCN) accreditation and is able to provide accredited qualifications at achievable levels. In addition to this, the centre is working in partnership with the Primary Care Trust (PCT) to develop their employment service by supporting a small number of people on the spectrum (aged 25 years and over) into employment. Located on an industrial estate, with good transport links, it has a workshop area, equipped to provide woodwork and metal craft training and the space to develop other vocational training activities if required. An Information Technology (IT) suite enables the Centre to offer training in IT skills, social skills, work skills and basic literacy and numeracy. They offer specific individualised support programmes for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to reach their own potential, and facilitate a number of social activity groups in and around the local area, for various age groups and abilities.



    Located address
    Nikki Williams, Lynx Curriculum Coordinator, The Lynx Resource Centre, 14/15, Lynx Crescent, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS24 9DJ, tel: 01934 412575, 07795 475823, email: nikki.williams@nas.org.uk

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 27/07/2015 11:26:11