Bristol Autism Support (BAS) is a registered charity providing information, support and training for parents and carers of autistic children in BS postcodes. We believe the need for our support is self-defining. Parents and carers do not need a diagnosis for their child in order to access our services. Bristol Autism Support is also the South West Regional Hub for the Autism Central Peer Education Programme.
What we do
- We create a wide range of opportunities for parents and carers of children with autism to connect with each other. Our strong community helps give parents and carers the knowledge needed to help them better support the children they look after. Click here to learn about our current service offering.
- We provide clear, relevant information about autism to parents and carers. By doing so, we hope to improve the futures and outcomes of autistic children. We use this website, our Facebook page and email to signpost information about local and national services and support. As much as possible, we share the voices of autistic adults because we know they are best placed to teach us about our children.
- We provide volunteering opportunities that enable parents, carers and autistic young people to gain skills and improve confidence.
- BAS is a membership organisation; some of our services are available only to our members. This enables us to deliver a high quality, tailored services. Membership is free and comes with a wide variety of benefits. Click here to learn more and become a member.
BAS is a registered charity, number 1186287. We exist to serve the local autism family community. As a registered charity, our annual accounts are a matter of public record and can be viewed via the Charity Commission website.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
In 2022 we were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, an extremely high accolade for our work and the quality of the services we provide.
Bristol Autism Support is led by the Board of Trustees which is supported by our management team and volunteers. The Trustees
oversee governance of the charity. All of our Trustees are volunteers:
Jane is a firm believer that everyone should have the opportunity to sing to the best of their ability and reap the physical and mental benefits. She is a music teacher for several local schools and has a number of private pupils. She has also conducted several local choirs. Jane has been a member of BAS from its early days and has benefitted from support and advice, as well as the social activities for children and adults on numerous occasions.
Jo has worked in the local voluntary sector for the past 20 years, focusing mainly on older adults and adults with disabilities. She has lived in the city since marrying a Bristolian and now has two gorgeous boys, one of who has a diagnosis of autism. Jo’s ideal day is walking the dog and digging in the garden.
Jason has practical experience of autism, one of his two daughters was diagnosed in February 2019. Jason feels that his 27 years experience of working in Local Government, qualifications in Business/Management and his involvement in local voluntary projects will help BAS develop. Jason became a Trustee after attending BAS’ What Do I Do Now? course, where he experienced first hand the vital work BAS carries out to support parents/carers and their children.
Caroline is an engineer by background and has worked across many sectors including academia, consulting, research and development, and innovation funding. Currently the co-founder and operations director of a Bristol-based quantum tech startup, she has a particular interest in how we inspire, develop and educate young people. As the parent of an autistic teenager, she is committed to supporting BAS in its mission to support parents and carers and to grow as an organisation.
Tammi’s daughter was diagnosed in 2020 after being on a ‘watch and wait’ list for six years. She has previously volunteered for the premature baby charity Bliss as her daughter was born at 26 weeks. Due to this she is keenly interested in links between prematurity and ASD for some children. She became a Trustee after attending a six week support group for parents of ASD girls – which she found invaluable! She has spent over 25 years working in Business Analysis in the global corporate world specialising in implementing new systems and processes.
Bristol-born and bred, Adam has worked in marketing and communications for over 20 years, originally with Bristol City FC and now within the charity industry at Wiltshire Air Ambulance. He has experienced the help and expertise of BAS first-hand through the ‘New to Autism’ online programme while his youngest child was on the pathway for an Autism diagnosis.
Glen started his career in the Armed Forces as an engineer before moving to project management delivering mission-critical systems for the government and large banks. More recently he has been working in business consulting focusing on leadership and teamwork for both private and public sector clients. His eldest daughter arrived prematurely days after repatriation from Tokyo where he lived for nearly 4 years. She is now on the diagnosis pathway for ASD and he has found great value in the courses and support that BAS has provided for his family’s autism journey.
Lucy has recently joined Bristol Autism Support
Kate set up Bristol Autism Support in June of 2012 when she could not find the support she needed to help her daughter, who was diagnosed at the age of two. “I remember when I first realised my daughter may be autistic. I was afraid, lonely and isolated. I never want any parent to experience this, and that is why I do what I do.” Kate is autistic and has ADHD, and shares her experiences of not just parenting an autistic child but being a neurodiverse individual. Kate left the charity in June of 2022 but our trustees, management team and volunteers carry on her legacy.
Our Management Team
Christina is our finance manager, having worked previously in finance and accounting for over 20 years. She also provides parent support for BAS and is a co-facilitator for our courses. Christina has a son who was diagnosed with autism in 2015. She is committed to supporting BAS and the work we do in supporting autistic children.
Louise manages day to day operations for the charity. Louise first came to BAS support meetings when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with ASD in 2018 after a 6 year long fight for support. Her daughter has since also been diagnosed with ADHD and her son received a diagnosis of autism during the coronavirus lockdown in early 2020. Louise undertakes regular courses to enhance her knowledge of Autism, ADHD and SEN support which will benefit the wider BAS community.
Parent Support / Training Manager
Jade wears many hats within BAS. She manages the operational side of things, provides parent support and is one of our lead trainers. She also runs The Autism Page website and is a full time mum to two autistic boys. Before having kids Jade worked in Strategy and Information and has a passion for sharing information. She is calm, level-headed and has a wealth of knowledge to share with parents and carers of children with autism. See Jade’s One Page Profile
Helpline Co-ordinator and Volunteer Mentor
Lizzie has been a part of BAS for nearly 10 years. She wears many hats within the organisation, offering parent support, running in-person groups and mentoring our volunteers. She co-ordinates our helpline as well. Lizzie is the mother of a teenage autistic daughter and is studying to be a counsellor.
Kim Gryniewicz – Administrator & Membership Manager
Kim is mum to two autistic teenage boys and has been involved with BAS for some time. Kim is a regular volunteer at our in person support groups and coffee mornings. Kim manages our enquiries service, newsletters and day to day administration for BAS.
Liz Clarke – Fundraising & Partnerships Manager
Liz has been a member of the BAS community for around 4 years. An experienced fundraiser in the fields of arts and culture, working with organisations large and small in Bristol and the South West. My focus is on access and participation, enabling underserved communities access cultural experience.
Loren Snow – Autistic Trainer and Facilitator
Loren has been teaching parents, autistic people, and healthcare staff about autism for almost a decade. They deliver various autism courses and groups with BAS. You can find out more about them on their website and their youtube, where they have over a hundred videos explaining everything about autism. As well as teaching with BAS they also deliver training to NHS staff and work in the NHS reviewing autistic patients’ care in mental health settings. See Loren’s One Page Profile.
Amy Phipps – Parent Trainer / Facilitator
Amy is an experienced autism trainer who has Dyscalculia delivers information sessions and our 6-week support groups / courses. Amy is mum to an autistic child and has worked in the field of autism for 20 years. A freelance trainer, delivering National Autistic Society’s training and Teenage Life with Bristol Autism Team. Amy manages the Autism Families website. See Amy’s One Page Profile.
Wrap Around Coordinator
Saira has been a BAS volunteer for some time running our Easton coffee mornings and providing peer support. Saira has two children and is Bristol based. Saira started working in autism in a mainstream school as an SEN LSA before moving to a specialist school in the same role. More recently Saira has been working in family support and at Autism Independence.
Wrap Around Coordinator
Laura is based in North Somerset with her two children (one of which is autistic with ADHD). Laura is a licensed facilitator of the Parent Plus Special Educational Needs programme and currently works with North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together (NSPCWT).
Wrap Around Coordinator
Vicky spent 16 years as a specialist teacher for students with additional needs and then went on to lecture at a college to help teach young people understand SEND. Vicky is a Certified Sleep Coach and you may recognise her from our Autism and Sleep sessions. Vicky is also Mum to two children and based in Devon.
Social Media and Marketing Manager
Jonny runs Marketing With Jonny, a Social Media agency specialising in the sports industry that is focused on delivering end-to-end social media management with empathy, kindness and inclusivity. Jonny has lived experience of autism with close family members who are autistic.
Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Laura is already a BAS volunteer that runs our weekly in person support group providing peer to peer support. Laura has experience as a TV Researcher, project management and running her own business.
Abby is the Hub Coordinator for the Autism Central Peer Education Programme. Abby comes to us with experience in customer service and project management roles most recently in primary and secondary education settings.
Social Media Scheduling Manager
Sue has two daughters, the eldest of whom was diagnosed autistic just before her third birthday. She is passionate about raising awareness and acceptance of autism and helping other parents of children on the spectrum. Sue manages the scheduling of our social media.
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What we’re not
Bristol Autism Support is an independent, registered charity. We are not affiliated with any other charities or organisations. We are not:
Bristol Autism Team Education Hub, which is part of Bristol City Council. Click here to learn more about this team.
Bristol Autism Project, which provides activities for children diagnosed with autism. This is run by FACE Filton. Click here to visit their website