We are a registered charity (1186287) which exists to provide support, advice and information to parents and carers of autistic children, diagnosed or suspected, in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and BaNES.
Bristol Autism Support was set up in 2012 as a way to bring parents of autistic children (age 18 and under) together to share knowledge and make new friends. It began as a small pub meetup group and quickly grew! This page provides information on all of the services and support we offer.
We have a main Facebook support group with over 2,700 members. This group is very busy and active. Members use this to ask questions, get advice, rant and share successes. The group is only open to parents and carers of autistic children, diagnosed or suspected, living in and around Bristol. Click here to join the group or search Facebook for Bristol Autism Support.
We have a weekly support group meeting in Bedminster, at the Quaker Meeting House. Booking is essential, click here to book. Want to know what to expect when you come to this group? Click here to learn all about it.
We run special 6-week support group blocks for specific topics, for example parents of autistic girls or parents of non-speaking children. Click here to learn more.
To find out what events we are running ourselves, click here for our calendar. We also run a Facebook page where we post every autism and SEND event that crosses our paths. Click here to go to the page or search Facebook for @bristolautismevents
Any parent or carer of an autistic child, diagnosed or suspected, living in and around Bristol may access our main Facebook group, in-person meetings, Zoom support and information sessions. However, to access a greater level of support and to be the first to know about new activities, we urge you to become a member. Membership is free and comes with a lot of perks including phone support, mentoring and a private member’s Facebook group. Click here to learn more and join.
When we are able to, we have epic family socials! These are casual events where the whole family can join us for a fun activity, playing and socialising. We’ve done all sorts from a rap workshop, drumming, dancing and a silent disco. Hopefully we can have them again soon!
BAS Dads group
We host a weekly Zoom support group every Friday from 11am – noon, and a bi-weekly evening Zoom on Wednesdays from 7.30 – 8.30pm. We don’t post the details of these publicly; please email us to ask for the information.
Webinars and information sessions
We put on a wide range of webinars and other informational sessions. We run a monthly All About Autism session, and this year we’ll have sessions on Pathological Demand Avoidance, food issues, sleep, supporting non-verbal children and more. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for more details.
We love the parents we support and want everyone to be happy and healthy. We put on wellbeing events such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation and luxurious pamper days. Some of these are virtual and some are on hold until we can meet in person.
Joining our mailing list is the best way to learn about all of our activities. We send regular emails with information about what’s on and how to book. Many of our activities fill up so quickly, we don’t have time to post them anywhere before they are all booked up! Click here to join our mailing list.
This website is packed with a huge range of articles and information to help parents and carers to support their autistic children. Click here to see all of our posts.