Tuesday 21st July 2015 - AGM and branch meeting - Notes can be found here
Tuesday 28th April 2015 - Branch meeting including discussions of social work and housing - Notes can be found here
9th December 2014 - to discuss the draft Statutory Guidance for implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy for response to the Consultation
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - 'The changes from DLA to PIP' - Notes can be found here
Future meetings: Typically, this is an annual AGM and branch meeting together. The meeting has a guest speaker and a topic that is something relevant to the group, e.g. Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney, or Housing services, or changes in legislation. If you have a suggestion for speakers or topics do please let us know, we are more than happy to accommodate new ideas.
Who can attend Branch Meetings: These meetings are particularly for autistic adults, and the parents and carers of autistic adults, living in the Avon area (Bristol, South Glos, BaNES & North Somerset).
Booking and cost: There is no charge (although contributions towards refreshments are always apreciated). Please let us know if you would like to attend by email: email@example.com; or phone: 07825 227026 so that we can anticipate numbers.
Previous AGMs and Branch meetings:
Tuesday 20th November 2018 - AGM and branch meeting including speaker Andrew Jack from AMD Solicitors.
Tuesday 7th November 2017 - AGM and branch meeting including speaker Andrew Powell. Please take a look at the Minutes from the meeting. In addition, please see further informmtion about the groups that BASS organises (that Andrew talked about).
There are no further meetings planned. However, if there is something you would like to discuss as a group or something you would like to present to our group, please get in touch. Diana Elliott's contact details are, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: 07825 227026.
If you who would like to contribute in any way to the work of the branch e.g. raising awareness of autism locally, or helping with email enquiries – do please get in touch. We would love to hear from you!
NAS Avon Branch Meeting & AGM November 2019
Andrew Powell and Marie Wastlund were invited to our Branch Meeting on 12th November 2019 to talk about Diverse, which has evolved from the Bristol Asperger Social Group, which Andrew has been overseeing for many years. Diverse will cover the whole of the Bristol, BaNES, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area supporting groups for, and run by, autistic adults.
Unfortunately Andrew was not able to attend as he was giving training to social workers – which we will all agree is very important!
However, we were pleased to welcome Marie who told us about Diverse and the groups they currently organise and other groups which they plan to start soon. Details below.
Marie also said:
“We have been awarded some National Lottery funding, so you can now start up your own groups, with support.
If you wish to start a group e.g. photography or walking or friendship or gaming and have some like-minded people we can support you in setting this up.
You will receive training in being a volunteer which will be FREE and we will give you information about what makes a good volunteer and how to organise and manage groups.”
Diverse has a steering group of autistic adults which plans and oversees the groups.
Below are the details of the groups which Marie told us about.
Their website is being put together and should be available soon. In the meantime, you can access information on Diverse on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bristolaspergersocialgroup/about/
As at November 2019, the groups due to take place are:
Bristol Walking Group - monthly on 1st Friday (6 Dec) from the Create Centre, 11am – 12.30pm
Bristol Singing Group – every Friday Nova Scotia Pub, 3pm
Bristol Pub Group & Games Group – monthly 2nd Tuesday (10 Dec) Wetherspoons Pub, Commercial Rooms. 7pm-9.30pm
Bristol Cinema Group – monthly on 3rd Tuesday (19 Nov) Commercial Rooms. 7pm – 9.30pm
Bristol Music Event – monthly on 4th Tuesday (26 Nov)) Basement45, Frogmore Street. 7pm – 10pm
New Groups in November:
WSM Arts and Crafts Group – monthly 1st Monday (2 Dec) Brunello Lounge, Weston-super-Mare (location may change) 2pm-4pm
WSM Role Playing, D & D and Gaming Group – monthly on 2nd Saturday Elizabeth House, Weston-super-Mare. 1pm – 5pm
More Groups coming soon….
Understanding your Autism - monthly on 2nd Thursday (9 Jan)Percy Community Centre in Bath. 5pm - 7pm
Yate Cinema Group – monthly
Bristol Arts & Crafts Group – monthly
For more information look on the Diverse Facebook page
Any questions or queries email: Marie - Marie@diverseuk.org or Harry - Harry@diverseuk.org