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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.


November – December Workshops

As well as the existing workshop spaces available for our October workshops we can now offer free spaces for the following workshops in November and December including two seasonally based ones:


·         Assertive Communication

·         Art Sessions (seasonal theme) – December only

·         Building Confidence ‘Bouncing Back’

·         Confidence Building

·         Coping With Anxiety (three session course)

·         Managing Depression (three session course)

·         Mindfulness

·         Planning For Christmas

·         Self Awareness

·         Ways To Wellbeing


To sign up for any of the above workshops please go to:


Wellbeing Events

You are invited to join us for a couple of afternoons of activities and fun in November and December: (both events are at The Station on Silver St. in Bristol City Centre between 1pm – 4pm)

  • Tuesday 21st November

  • Tuesday 19th December


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. We also offer one to one wellbeing advice sessions to help point you in the direction.

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.

Autism Oxford UK presents Attwood on Autism and Aspergers 


This is a 2-day event on 3rd and 4th May 2018 - for all the information you need about this event, please take a look.


To book your place, please click here.

Learning Communities are planning to start a computer course at Lawrence Weston youth centre. The suggested starting date is 20th February in the afternoon for 5 weeks but this date can be delayed if there are not enough people to start.


Take a look at this flyer with the info and please pass onto anyone who might be interested.


Please contact Suzanne Gaffney on her email: if anyone would like to discuss other options.