Keynsham Coffee Morning
Parent and carer support

Keynsham Coffee Morning

It was so great to meet other parents who understand.”

One of our main aims here at Bristol Autism Support is to connect parents and carers of autistic people with each other.  We want to create supportive safe spaces where we can share information with no judgement.  It can make all the difference talking through things with people who truly get it. Our in person coffee mornings are casual opportunities to meet other parents and carers along with our team. No need to book just turn up on the day.

Where?

Our Keynsham Coffee Morning is held at Mokka – Mokka, 34 High Street, Keynsham BS31 1DQ. Mokka is a public cafe /bar/lounge. Mokka is located on the junction of Keynsham High Street and Charlton Road. This is close to the Keynsham Church bus stop. Free parking (2 hour limit) is available at Tesco Keynsham (BS31 2BA) and there is a pay and display car park on Ashton Way – Ashton Way Car Park BS31 2UF (around 60p for 2 hours), both car parks are less than five minutes walk to Mokka.

Find more information about Mokka and see current menu’s here – www.mokkablc.co.uk

You can also find additional photos of the venue on their Instagram page. www.instagram.com/mokkablc/

Mokka Venue

Please note menu details above are a picture and subject to change.

Who will be there?

Our Keynsham meet up is held in partnership with Bristol Autism Support / Autism Central, Butterflies Haven and SENDIAS bathnes. This means there are usually 2-3 team members/ partners present at each meet up.

Our lived experience Keynsham team you can expect to meet:

We also have regular parents and carers attending this group so there is always someone to chat to. Our team members will do their best to talk to everyone at our meet ups and it is a great opportunity to meet other parents and carers.

Keynsham Team

Who is the session for?

The sessions are for parents and carers of autistic people (any age), no diagnosis is required / any level of support need.  Many people come whilst they are exploring if their family member may be autistic.

People come to our coffee mornings and meet ups for all kinds of reasons:

* To ask for advice and support. If the team can’t advise you, they will be able to signpost you to someone who can.

* To chat to other parents and carers of autistic children and share their experiences with people who understand.

* To meet others and make new friends.

* To feel seen and heard.

What to expect

When you arrive look for our  A4 sized ‘BAS Meet Up’ sign on the table – pictured below, there will usually be 1-2 team members who will be wearing lanyards that say Bristol Autism Support. Team members will say hello and introduce themselves, if we have a few people arrive at once it may take them a moment to get to you but please take a seat at the table and say hi to other parents and carers.

Coffee morning lanyards and sign

Coffee is on us – Mokka is table service so a member of staff will come over and ask for your drink order. BAS and or Butterflies Haven will purchase teas, coffee’s and soft drinks for attendees so the team member will pay for the tab at the end of the session.

As it is a drop in meet up numbers vary at each session but generally we get around 1-10 people at each session. There is no pressure to share anything, unless you want to.  The team and other parents and carers are friendly and the atmosphere is very supportive.

It can be hard to come along for the first time so if you are nervous or anxious about coming and want to talk in advance you can get in touch with Jade on – jade@bristolautismsupport.org / 07787452164

When?

Upcoming Keynsham sessions are:

  • Monday 8th July 2024, 1-2pm

Do I need to book?

There is no need to book our coffee mornings or meet up groups you can just show up on the day.  You are welcome to bring a friend / family member with you. The sessions are designed for peer to peer support. You are able to bring your children with you but keep in mind these are often in public spaces and activities are not provided for them and they will be exposed to the conversations.

Bristol Autism Support hold a variety of coffee mornings and meet ups, find out more here.