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Who we are

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.

Our structure

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.

Our Team

We have a core team of decision makers that runs the organisation:

Our Trustees

Jane Walton

Jane Walton

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 Stokes trustee

Jo Stokes
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 Thorne

Jason Thorne

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 Clark trustee

Caroline Clark
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 Clark BAS Trustee

Tammi Clark
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.

Our Founder

Kate Laine-Toner

Kate Laine-Toner
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 Morgan

Christina Morgan
Finance Manager
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 Mills

Louise Mills
Operations Manager
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.

Jade Page

Jade Page
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

Lizzie Witchard
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





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





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





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. 

Sue Francomb

Sue Francomb
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 Spectrum Service (BASS). BASS looks after autistic adults. Their phone number is 01275 796 200. Their email address is

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.