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Branches and groups in South East England

Listing of branches in this area


This is a database feed from the

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 Andover Group
    Contact Address
    Lynn Farr, Group Leader, email: andover.group@nas.org.uk

    Description

    NAS Andover Group is a friendly support group which meets once a month term time only on a Wednesday morning in Andover, for parents, grandparents, friends and anyone else who is affected by autism. We gather together to share common problems and experiences coping and living with autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome. We support one another by our experiences whether someone is undiagnosed, diagnosed or newly diagnosed and we sign post for further help and support. Dates for our coffee morning /support group are on our Facebook page, NAS Andover Group www.facebook.com/groups/380087278845734 .




  • NAS Bexhill & Hastings Branch
    Contact Address
    Sarah Fletton, Branch Chair, tel: 07920 254569, email: bexhill@nas.org.uk

    http://www.nasbexhillandhastings.co.uk

    Description

    We offer information & support to families who have a child on the autism spectrum. Our aim is to help families feel less isolated. We have a variety of parent & carer support groups that meet in both Bexhill & Hastings, during the day & on some evenings. Our main group meets on a Wednesday morning where speakers & professionals are invited to offer information & strategies to empower parents/carers. Workshops are also held on a regular basis & we have a large book & DVD library that covers autism related topics. Our National Autistic Society (NAS) Branch is run by parent volunteers & we are self-funding. Regular fundraising events are held, not only to raise vital funds but to also raise autism awareness in the local community. We arrange family activities during the school holidays, hiring venues exclusively for our group. This provides an opportunity for the children to play in a relaxed & spacious environment, whilst family members can get to know other families in a similar situation. Our Facebook page is National Autistic Society – Bexhill.




  • NAS Dartford and Gravesham branch
    Contact Address
    Mandy Garford , Branch chairperson, tel: 07436 562390, email: nasdandgbranch@nas.org.uk

    http://www.autism.org.uk/services/local/england.aspx

    Description
    Dartford and Gravesham Branch provides support groups for parents and carers, information talks for parents, carers and professionals, fun play days and events for children and autism awareness talks to the local community. Keep up to date with everything we do on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NASdartsham and Twitter https://twitter.com/NASdartsham.


  • NAS Dover and Deal Branch
    Contact Address
    Katy Jenner, Branch Officer, tel: 07717 818680, email: doveranddeal@nas.org.uk; alessia.mitchell@nas.org.uk

    Description

    The NAS Dover and Deal Branch provide support and information via email, telephone and Facebook. We run two monthly groups at Triangles Community Centre in Dover, one for ages 10 and under and the other for ages 10 and above. Both require adult supervision and siblings are welcome in the age appropriate groups. Come and meet other parents have a coffee and chat and let your children play in a friendly environment where everyone understands: 10 years and under fun club: 10.30am-12.30pm Saturdays  bouncy castle, arts and crafts, toys and sensory equipment; 10+ years youth club: 10am-12.30pm Saturdays computers, table top games, arts and crafts and sensory equipment; 16+ years meet ups: regular meet ups for youths and their parents at cafes; and S.P.A.C.E. coffee afternoons 1pm-2.30pm Whitfield and Aspen School: For parents to catch up and have a chat, find out information and meet professionals from organisations. For more information visit Facebook page 'National Autistic Society Dover and Deal Branch'.




  • NAS Isle of Wight Branch
    Contact Address
    Jess Higgins, Branch Chair, Aspire Ryde, Trinity Buildings, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2BN, email: nasisleofwightbranch@nas.org.uk

    Description

    The group aims to provide support and information to parents and carers of those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Formal diagnosis is not a requirement, the branch is still there for people affected by autism to help in any way it can. The activities they offer are: Ryde Support Group: Community Café, Aspire Ryde - every Tuesday 10am-12pm; South Wight Support Group: St Johns Hall, Wroxall - 3rd Thursday of the month 6.30pm-8.30pm; and Newport Support Group: Bebecinos, High Street, Newport - 1st Thursday of the month term time only - 10am-12pm. Clubs: Trampoline Club Every other Monday 5pm-6pm; Lego Club Fortnightly on a Saturday morning - ages 5-14 years; and Gamezone Gaming club for teenagers affected by ASD - Wii, WiiU, XBox360 and PlayStation 3 - every Thursday evening during school term 4.30pm-6.30pm. Across the Board Surf School - autism friendly surfing sessions every summer.




  • NAS Kingston Branch (SWAPS Kingston)
    Contact Address
    Sian Palin, Branch Officer KT6, tel: 07917 271350, email: kingston@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/kingston

    Description
    Information emailed to members regarding talks/workshops we run, activities and any other relevant information that families require. We run family Sunday fun sessions once a month, no booking required.


  • NAS Milton Keynes Branch
    Contact Address
    Teresa Harvey, Branch Officer, email: NASMiltonKeynesBranch@nas.org.uk

    http://www.nasbranch.org.uk/miltonkeynes

    Description
    We are the local Milton Keynes Branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS). The committee members all have children who are on the autism spectrum and understand the challenges and rewards this brings. We arrange events and meetings where families impacted by autism can meet in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental environments. We organise fundraising events both locally and as part of NAS national events. In the school holidays we arrange family picnics where we meet, have a bite to eat and let our children play outside. Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/NAS-Milton-Keynes-Branch-1483518281902523.


  • NAS South Buckinghamshire Branch
    Contact Address
    07786 125876, email: southbucks@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/southbuckinghamshire

    Description
    Local support group aiming to inform and help local parents and carers by: publishing a newsletter; running a club for school aged children; organising regular family activities; liaising with local services and raising awareness.


  • NAS South Hampshire Branch
    Contact Address
    Mr David Carter, Branch Officer, tel: 07767 618325, email: shants@nas.org.uk

    www.shantsnas.org.uk

    Description

    The branch supports children, young people and adults with autism, and their families, in the South Hampshire area. They run a number of activities which include:

    • Afternoon and evening support groups for parents/carers of children, young people and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome. The groups meet monthly to exchange experiences, skills and understanding. At some meetings they invite guest speakers or have professionals present who can advise on aspects of autism. Professionals who work with people with autism are also very welcome to attend.
    • Branch members have access to an extensive Resource Library with books, videos, DVDs and educational games available, on a wide range of ASC topics.
    • A monthly Saturday afternoon Family Youth Club. Children accompanied by their families (including siblings) are welcome. A number of rooms and activities are available during the afternoon, for example, table tennis, air hockey, crafts, Lego, books, games and so on.
    • A monthly Saturday afternoon Lego Club for children aged 9-13.
    • Fortnightly social meetings for children (along with their families) during term time.
    • Teenage youth clubs. The branch is able to signpost young people with autism (over 13) for referral to suitable local weekly teenage youth clubs.
    • Fortnightly friendship group for adults, who take part in activities and have social outings.
    • Social events for the benefit of individuals and their families.
    • Links to other support services and groups.
    • Access to a wealth of advice and information.
    • The branch is represented on the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board and campaigns locally to improve support for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions.



  • NAS Surrey Branch
    Contact Address
    Emma Whitfield, Branch Officer, tel: 07423 435413, email: surreybranch@nas.org.uk

    http://www.nassurreybranch.org

    Description

    The NAS Surrey Branch is a volunteer-run parent to parent support group with around 1500 members in Surrey. We offer a variety of support groups, meetings and activities for families with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Details of all activities are published in the branch newsletter, produced every 2 months. It’s free to join – just go to http://www.nassurreybranch.org/membership.html. Evening talks: Once a month during term-time there are evening meetings with speakers, open to anyone with an interest in ASDs. Meetings take place in Guildford, Redhill and Woking. Coffee morning support groups: a chance for parents to meet others with children with ASDs. Coffee mornings run throughout term-time in Woking, Guildford, Walton-on-Thames, Chertsey, Cranleigh, Hinchley Wood, Oxted, Frensham, Haslemere, Bookham and Redhill. Parents of adults group: this group meets in different locations around Surrey once a month in the evenings for informal get-togethers. Parents of girls group: meets monthly in Woking and Guildford. Dads’ group: a chance for fathers of children or adults with ASDs to meet in a member’s home for a meal and a chat. Meets every 3 or 4 months on a Friday evening. Online support group: the branch runs a moderated Yahoo! email group for members to share experiences and ask questions. You can join here http://www.nassurreybranch.org/moderated-email-forum.html. Family activity events: we run events every few months for children and young people with ASDs and their siblings - including ice skating; indoor climbing; children's Christmas party and bowling. Parent seminars: when funds permit, we host parent programmes such as Cygnet courses and information sessions on issues such as education or health. We also run an informative website and have two libraries of books (based in East Surrey and West Surrey).




  • NAS Surrey Branch Dads Group
    Contact Address
    Martin Trenaman, Manager, tel: 01737 360069, 07855 031028, email: trenamans@talktalk.net

    www.mugsy.org

    Description
    A group for Dads of children on the autism spectrum. They normally in each other’s homes approximately 4 times a year for social and support. Also have an email group which is used to organise meetings and ask for help and support.


  • NAS Sutton Branch
    Contact Address
    Rachael Phillips, Branch Officer, email: sutton@nas.org.uk

    http://www.sutton.webeden.co.uk

    Description
    NAS Sutton is run by parents of young children on the spectrum. They are there to support parents, families, carers and professionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At the moment, they are a small that can provide information and signposting to both local and national support networks. They run regular coffee mornings with guest speakers, so members can get together and meet others in similar positions. Their branch website contains details of all local organisations who provide support for families and there is an active Facebook Group that gives up to date information on everything that is going on in the local area.


  • NAS Thanet Branch
    Contact Address
    Julia Geer, Branch Officer, The Quarterdeck Youth Centre, 15, Zion Place, Margate, Kent CT9 1RP, tel: 07798 715839, email: thanet@nas.org.uk

    www.freewebs.com/thanetnas

    Description

    The NAS Thanet Branch run a weekly support group at a local youth club for parents and carers to have an informal chat or receive information and learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children on the autism spectrum of any age are welcome, as are their siblings.




  • NAS West Berkshire Branch
    Contact Address
    Kate Lo, Branch Officer, tel: 07748 880725, email: westberkshire@nas.org.uk; alessia.mitchell@nas.org.uk

    www.westberksnas.org.uk

    Description

    The NAS West Berkshire Branch provides speaker evenings, social clubs for children and young people, family holiday activities, a newsletter, local lobbying and a range of weekly and monthly activities. Please make contact for an up to date newsletter to find out more. It covers West Berkshire but has members from other local areas – and is always on the lookout for volunteers for the committee!




  • West Wight ASD Support Group
    Contact Address
    Mary Stringer, Support Group Co-ordinator, tel: 07553 116547, email: isleofwight@nas.org.uk

    Description
    The group meets on the first Friday of every month for coffee, cake and a chat. It offers support and advice to parents, carers and families whose lives are affected by autism. There are regular guest speakers, family activities and other days out.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 27/11/2015 10:24:50