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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 Aylesbury Vale Branch
    Contact Address
    Ian King, Branch Chair, email: AylesburyVale@nas.org.uk

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

    Description

    The Aylesbury Vale branch provides activities for autistic children, adults and families. You can find out more about these activities on our Facebook group or website. Anyone can join us – there is no subscription or membership fee. People on the mailing list are sent updates, details of branch activities, information on events of interest and other useful details. We welcome new volunteers and are always looking for new committee members so if you would like to get involved please contact the branch using the details below. 

    If you would like to be a member of the branch please email AylesburyVale@nas.org.uk, or join our Facebook group ‘NAS Aylesbury Vale Forum’.




  • NAS Bexhill & Hastings Branch
    Contact Address
    NASbexhillbranch@nas.org.uk

    http://www.nasbexhillandhastings.co.uk

    Description
    The Bexhill and Hastings NAS Branch is currently closed. We will be reviewing the local need in Spring 2019 and will ensure that the necessary volunteer support is available before we restart any activities. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the branch’s success to date and very much hope that it will be operating again as soon as possible. While the branch is inactive, there are a number of SEN activities and support services in the Bexhill and Hastings areas and we hope that our branch members and supporters will be able to find alternative support and activities. You can find out more here: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfami…/specialneeds/ 


  • NAS Dartford and Gravesham branch
    Contact Address
    Branch chairperson, 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
    Gee Buttigieg , Branch Chair, tel: 07717 818680, email: doveranddeal@nas.org.uk

    Description
    The NAS Dover and Deal Branch provide support and information via email, telephone and Facebook. We run activity groups for children and meet ups for youths and their parents/carers to catch up and have a chat, find out information and meet professionals from organisations.. We also run one off social events and activities for Autistic children and their families. 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
    kingston@nas.org.uk

    www.nasbranch.org.uk/kingston

    Description
    The branch welcomes all parents and carers with children on the autistic spectrum, and organises a number of activities as well as acting as a source of information on local events/services.

    What do we do:

    • We run monthly play sessions in The Pod Soft Play which are most suitable
    for pre-school and primary school age children (and siblings);
    • We organise special events for children through the year;
    • We organise an autism friendly Christmas Party with Father Christmas;
    • We work with in partnership with other organisations raising awareness on autism,
    signposting, providing advice and information.

    To join, please go to our page: http://naskingstonbranch.webeden.co.uk/
    contact: Kingston@nas.org.uk


  • 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
    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, email: shants@nas.org.uk

    www.shantsnas.org.uk

    Description

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

    Evening autism support group open to all – parents, carers and family members of autistic children and adults, individuals on the autistic spectrum and professionals who work with them – to meet to exchange experiences, skills and understanding. . 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.
    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 group for children (along with their families) during term time.
    Fortnightly social group for teenagers (along with their families) during term time.
    Teenage youth clubs: the branch is able to signpost autistic young people (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.
    Support group specifically for partners of autistic people (whether the partner is diagnosed or not). The meetings are for the partner of the autistic person only (not the autistic person themselves).
    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 autistic people.




  • NAS Surrey Branch
    Contact Address
    Sara Truman, Branch Chair, tel: 07423 435413, email: info@nassurreybranch.org

    http://www.nassurreybranch.org

    Description

    The NAS Surrey Branch is a volunteer-run parent to parent support group with around 1500 members, covering the Surrey County Council area. 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.

    We have a range of morning or evening support groups meeting in towns around the county, run by local volunteers.  There are also special support groups for:  Parents of Girls,  Parents of Adults, Dad’s Group,  Spouses & Partners Group.  In addition, we have an online support group.  We run occasional courses or speaker meetings, and once a term run an activity for children and young people with autism and their siblings, such as indoor climbing, ice skating and a Christmas party.  See our website (address above)  for more information.




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

    http://nasbranch.org.uk/sutton

    Description
    NAS Sutton is run by parents of young children on the spectrum and also adults with autism. They are there to support parents, families, carers and professionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also adults with autism. They run information talks with guest speakers, support groups and also arrange activities for local families. They also run a monthly support group for adults with Autism. They also work closely with other local support groups. 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. You can also find them on Twitter.


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

    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
    Holly Cannon-Taylor, Branch Chair, tel: 07748880725 , email: westberkshire@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!



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Last updated: 27/11/2015 10:24:50