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NAS Avon Branch

A branch of the National Autistic Society

Courses

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 louise.weller@bristol.gov.uk

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

 

Our latest new courses include:

  • Furniture Repair and Restoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bath

  • Weekday Wellness on Monday mornings in Keynsham

  • CAP Money Management Thursday evenings in Bath

  • Cooking for dads Saturday mornings in Midsomer Norton

 

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: www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk

FREE workshops at Carers Support Centre

For further information, please take a look at www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk/free-courses-and-workshops-for-carers/

The Curly Hair Project workshops are ideal for those who care for, teach, live or work with children and adults with Asperger’s or other ASDs, and meet Continuing Professional Development criteria. They are also great for those with an ASD or anyone who is simply interested in knowing more. Written by the brilliant author Alis Rowe – ‘the girl with the curly hair’ - they last around 2 ½ hours and are relaxed, informative and uplifting with lots of great images to explain things. Please see the attached flier for more information.

 

Workshop information: Tickets are £15 per person (+booking fees) and can be purchased at http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/events/ where more information about the Curly Hair Project can also be found.

 

They are relevant for both male and female adults and children and you can attend any or all of the workshops.

 

Bath Workshop Dates – New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RA

Thursday 8th June                       ASD & Challenging Behaviour       10:00am – 12:30pm

Friday 9th June                            ASD & Socialising                          10:00am – 12:30pm

 

Please get in touch if you would like further information

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:

http://www.southglos.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/care-for-adults/health-matters-and-disability/autism/autism-what-we-are-doing/

 

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 HRWorkForceDevelopment@southglos.gov.uk

 

Autism Training in Bristol and BaNES

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

www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/autism

www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/adult-social-care-and-health/adults-autism

 

Or contact BASS, the autism service:

www.awp.nhs.uk/services/specialist/autism-spectrum

 

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.