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NAS Avon Branch

A branch of the National Autistic Society


Wellbeing COllege

As part of the BIS Community Learning Mental Health project there is funding available to arrange a range of  FREE courses to adults 19+ experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. These courses are available to those suffering with anxiety, stress, sleep problems or prolonged low mood. Those who have already been on a course have reported significant improvements in their wellbeing.


Bespoke courses can also be arranged for groups at your centres looking to improve your wellbeing, in areas such as: Digital Stories, Arts, Textiles, Crafts, Healthy Living, Exercise, Relaxation, Healthy Eating, Gardening.


If you need any more information regarding the project please do not hesitate to contact Louise Weller on

Please see our latest courses listed and course descriptions with more details for you.


New additions include:

  • Jewellery Workshop (over 55s) on Saturday 15th July from 11am-4pm in Bath contact Bath College on 01225 328822 to book your place

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing on Thursday 14th September from 10.30am-1.30pm in Bath

  • Improving Computer Skills for over 55s starting Thursday 12th October from 2pm-4pm in Paulton


There are also more groups and activities to be found in this great resource The Hope Guide:


And don’t forget Banes Talking Therapies also offer FREE courses to help with unhelpful thinking:


For more information on any of our courses please go to our website at: or call 01225 831 820.


If you would like to book onto a course or book your space at our upcoming event then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01225 831 820. We also offer one to one wellbeing advice sessions to help point you in the direction. To book onto any of our course or for more information call 01225 831 820. You can also take a look at our website:

FREE workshops at Carers Support Centre

For further information, please take a look at

The University of Bath has developed a free online course. Please take a look at the following for details: Technology for Children with ASD and ID - Online Course

Autism Training Programme in South Glos – provided by the National Autistic Society


Details of all the courses, and the dates, can be found on the South Glos Council website:


As well as the Level 1 Awareness Training and the Supporting Adults courses, there are more specialised courses in Autism and Maturity (to help staff support people effectively as they get older), Sensory Considerations, Relationships, Understanding Behaviour, and Criminal Justice Issues.  An E-learning module from the NAS Ask Autism package is also offered, free of charge, for those who want the introductory level, but can’t attend the half -day session.  


If an organisation has several staff who require training, bespoke sessions could be arranged. Please contact the training department to discuss


Autism Training in Bristol and BaNES

For details of what is available in Bristol or BaNES, please look at the Council websites,


Or contact BASS, the autism service:


Autism Information Talks

A one hour introductory talk on autism is available for those who would like to have some basic understanding of autism.  This is suitable for staff working in a shop or on reception to help them when they come into contact with someone with autism.  This talk can be delivered by NAS branch volunteers, so please contact the Avon Branch on the details below.


Do you want to develop skills to get a job? Do you have a learning disability? Interested in the catering industry? Then ‘Kitchen Challenge’ is for you!

What is it? Kitchen Challenge is an 8 session programme, exploring and developing skills in teamwork, independence, confidence, healthy eating, and skills for work. During the project you will learn to cook a wide range of dishes, from preparing an Indian banquet, to filleting a fish, whilst learning skills for the workplace. The challenge…? For the final session, you will plan,

prepare and serve a 3-course meal to invited guests.


For more information, take a look at this flier.