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.
What we do
- BAS is a membership organisation; most 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.
- 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 and work experience opportunities that enable parents, carers and autistic young people to gain skills and improve confidence.
Due to the high volume of requests, we can no longer provide free advice about ‘autism friendly’ events. We would be happy to come to your venue to discuss this for a fee of £100 for a one-hour consultation, payable in advance.
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.
We have a core team of decision makers that runs the organisation:
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.
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.
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.
Anna has a background in advice service delivery, business development and commissioning having worked for the Citizens Advice service for many years and now for the Money and Pensions Service. She is mum to an autistic stepdaughter and autistic son (as well as a neurotypical daughter) and used BAS’ services initially when there seemed nowhere to turn after their diagnosis. Anna is passionate about ensuring that parents are supported in their journey as they parent an autistic child and raising awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace.
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 Operations 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.
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.
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.
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 patient’s care in mental health settings.
Policy & Procedures Manager
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 Volunteer Manager
‘I was previously a parent volunteer for the PDA Society. I have two children aged 10 and 5; my 10 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with autism. I really enjoy being able to facilitate peer support so that parents can benefit from others’ similar experiences and knowledge, and that volunteers further along in their journey can offer their support and share their experiences.’
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 onboarding of our new members and makes sure they are well looked after.
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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
We are also not affiliated in any way with The National Autistic Society.