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About us

Our mission

Bristol Autism Support (BAS) aims to create a safe haven for parents and carers of autistic children. We provide a support network for families affected by autism in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

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.
  • 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 and our Facebook group and Facebook page 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 work with local venues and attractions to make public places more accessible for families with autistic children.
  • We provide volunteering and work experience opportunities that enable parents, carers and autistic young people to gain skills and improve confidence.

Our structure

BAS is a Community Interest Company, which means we exist to serve the local autism family community. It also means any money that we raise or that is donated is spent solely on events, activities or things that will help families affected by autism in Bristol and surrounding areas. We have strong values. Our funding comes from private individual donations and grants. We have a core team of decision makers that runs the organisation.

We are not a charity, and we are not council funded. This means we can act quickly to create new opportunities to support families with autistic children, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, regardless of the area where they live.

We ask that people register via our Join Us page so that we can provide targeted information to our members. Anyone who has or looks after an autistic child (diagnosed or suspected) is welcome to our events and activities, but registration is required to join our Facebook group.

Read about Our Values and Our Code of Conduct.

What we’re not

Bristol Autism Support is an independent business. 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 awp.bass@nhs.net.

Bristol Autism Project, which provides activities for children diagnosed with autism. Their telephone number is 01179 038250 and their email address is shirley.young-lumsden@bristol.gov.uk. Please click here to learn more about the Project.

We are also not affiliated in any way with The National Autistic Society.

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