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NAS Avon Branch

A branch of the National Autistic Society

Support groups

Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) offers a support group for adults whose partner has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (this includes Asperger syndrome)


Each session will focus on a specific topic.  The facilitators will introduce the topic by providing some education around it, and then there will be an opportunity for a group discussion as well as a space to share experiences with other group members and to support each other. You are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions.

  • Petherton: 1st Tuesday of every 2nd month. 6.30-8.30pm

  • Create Centre: 1st Friday of every 2nd month 10am-12pm


For more information: contact Gemma Allen by email: or Tel: 01275 796200. Also, check out their Partner/Spouse Group website for details of upcoming topics

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Bristol Autism Support (BAS) provides a support network for families affected by autism in Bristol and South Gloucester. Organising and running events and activities including Coffee mornings, Sunday Socials for autism families, Evening support group meetings, Stitch & Bitch craft sessions.


Our goal is to provide a wide range of opportunities for parents and carers of children with autism to connect with each other. Our strong community helps equip parents and carers with the knowledge required to help them better support the children they look after.


For further information: or Facebook group

Butterflies-Haven is a voluntarily run organisation which provides a safe environment for all family members who are affected by Autism. We run weekly sessions for children to help them develop, learn new skills and express themselves more fully. We also provide somewhere for families to share experiences and provide each other with support.  


For further information:, email:, Mobile: 07837 348 690

We are a small, friendly group of carers that meet on alternate Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons in South Gloucestershire to sing together. If you are a Carer in South Gloucestershire come and join us!

Yate Parish Hall, Yate, fortnightly on a Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30pm

Kingswood Community Centre, fortnightly on a Wednesday 1 - 3pm


For further information: contact Douglas Watts email: or phone: 07909 118 949. You can also check out their Facebook page

The Carers' Support Centre in Fishponds provides support, information and advice to carers living in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer - they are just looking after someone who needs help and getting on with what needs to be done. In order to care safely and in good health, carers need information, support, respect and recognition.


For more information: or tel: 0117 965 2200

The Carers' Centre provides a great deal of help for carers, who are resident in BaNES or support someone living in BaNES, focussing on: Information, Support and Advice, Emotional support, Give Us A Break, Personal development, Tele-befirending, Community Carer Support Officers (Bath, Keynsham, Somer Valley, Chew Valley)


For more information:, email, or Freephone: 0800 0388 885

Provides information, advice and support for families. Bringing them together so they can support each other, as well as, campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.


For further information: or Free helpline: 0808 808 3555

Evolve offer dynamic and innovative support for young people with learning disabilities and autism from the age of 16.  They are part of Options, a leading care and support organisation operating throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset. Their programme runs from their central meeting hub and training base- The Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol.


They work closely with schools and colleges in order to provide a smooth transition process for young people leaving education. Young people can access Evolve through Social Care funding, Personal Budgets, Direct Payments, or private funding.


For further information:, contact Sam Jones or Rocio Gomez on email: and or tel: 0117 966 7451

The Hive (formally Avon North Mencap) works with people with a learning disability, their families and carers, providing support and information on a range of issues. such as healthcare, education, housing, leisure and benefits. They run a variety of leisure and social clubs as well as drop in activities.


For further information:, email: or tel: 0117 9614372. For drop in activites, take a look on our events page.

For those who care for, or support someone, with mental health problems the following are community groups that run locally

Filton - on the first Wednesday of the month. 6.30 - 8.30pm

Yate - on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month 2-4pm

Kingswood - on the second Monday morning of the month 10.30 - 12.30pm


For further information: or if you think you would like to go to any of the groups please email: or phone 07557537217

Our service is for any parent carer in South Gloucestershire with a child aged 0-25 with a Special Educational Need and /or Disability (SEND) from physical disabilities to social communication, learning disabilities etc. No diagnosis is needed to access us. Being parent carers ourselves, we have an in depth understanding of the issues we all face; from the challenges, to the joys our children bring!


The group organises: events, focus groups and activities including monthly Coffee Mornings, held at Poole Court, Yate.  A chance to chat and listen to other parents, and share thoughts, experiences and information.  


For further information:

Supportive Parents is the statutory SENDIAS Service (Special Educational Needs/Disability Information, Advice and Support) for parents, children and young people. This independent charity meets the local authorities' legal duty to provide a free, confidential and impartial service to any person aged up to 25 who has a concern about any aspect of special educational needs/disability.


For further information:, email: or tel: 0117 989 7725 10am-2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday in term-time (answerphone available all other times)

Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility. We’re there for people when they need us. We are round the clock, confidential, well talk about the difficult issues.


We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. Please don’t suffer alone. We know a lot about what can help you through tough times. We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch


For further information:, email or tel: 116 123 – 24 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year


We are a friendly group of parents who care for children and young people with disabilities and special needs in Bristol.  Our goal is to work in partnership with authorities in Bristol to shape the services provided for our children and ourselves. With the help of all parents these initiatives are more likely to be successful in bringing about positive changes for parent carers and their children living in Bristol.


For further information: or call on 0117 9396645 ext 204

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Bristol Black Carers supports carers and those whom they care for to access mainstream care and health related public services.  We provide regular support group meetings, organise trips and activities to give carers a break and can offer support, advice and information, either over the phone, at our offices or a home visit can be arranged.


For further information:, email or call 0117 379 0084


We believe that communities are stronger and healthier when everyone is able to contribute. So we offer a range of services to support disabled people in different areas or at different times of their lives – whenever they need it. Peer Support is a provision of social opportunities run by and for disabled people in Bristol South Glos and North Somerset, including: Monthly meet-ups, Trips and events, Learn new skills, Become as involved as you want!


For further information:, email or call: 0117 947 9942

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