BANDs – Frome
BANDs (Bath Autism and NeuroDiversity spectrums) CIC offer social opportunities and peer support to over 16s in Frome and the surrounding areas who have autism, Asperger syndrome and/or similar neurodiversities.
They currently organise a cinema, cafe and pub group which run consecutively monthly on a Thursday (attendees pay for their own cinema tickets and drinks).
Connect-ed: Inclusive Games Group – Wells
A peer-led support and social group for adults with mild learning difficulties, NDD or Autism Spectrum conditions. Face-to-face peer support in a friendly, relaxed environment. Support staff are welcome.
Free of charge, refreshments provided. Always the first AND last Tuesday of the month, 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
The Lawrence Centre, 37 Chamberlain Street, Wells, BA5 2PQ. Contact Frances on the email below for more information.
Cygnet Parenting Support Programme
A parenting support programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-18 with an autistic spectrum condition.
National Autistic Society inc local Branches
The UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Offers advice, support and local branches.
Somerset Parent Carer Forum
Somerset Parent Carer Forum is an independent not for profit Community Interest Company formed by parent carers. They welcome any parent, grandparent or foster parent to engage with the Forum about their child or young person’s experiences regardless of their disabilities; these may range from complex medical needs to challenging behaviour, learning or physical difficulties. You do not need a diagnosis to be in place to join them.
Parent support groups meet at monthly coffee mornings in Wells, Shepton Mallet & Chard – please see our events calendar for dates & times.
Online Support Groups are available online via closed Facebook groups that give you up to date advice and information that is available when you are. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FindingYourWay/
The Pod – Frome
The Pod is a local charity supporting individuals with additional needs. The charity creates opportunities and provides safe, supportive, sociable, and enterprising spaces that improve the quality of life for young carers as well as children and adults with disabilities and their families.
They run a weekly youth club, a weekly social group and other various fun community groups. For more information on the various groups they run please visit their website. If you would like to find out more about the various volunteering opportunities with Pod please contact them for more information.
Wild Roots Growing for Wellbeing Autism Friendly Group – Baltonsborough
Autism Friendly Growing for Wellbeing Group is a small weekly group that welcomes people who want to get outdoors and learn new skills. It is a beautiful rural location easily accessible by public transport. It can cater for any weather with large areas under cover.
It offers quiet, calm working spaces and a small supportive group with lived experience in autism. Its main emphasis is horticulture, wildlife gardening and rural craft skills. There is no requirement to attend every week or the whole session. Its very much about what is right for the individual on the day.
Thursdays 10am-2pm, Catsham, Baltonsborough, BA6 8PQ