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About us

Bristol Autism Support (BAS) provides a support network for families affected by autism in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

What we do

Our goal is to provide 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 also use this website and our Facebook group and Facebook page to signpost information about local and national services and support.

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 do not have a formal membership, but we do encourage people to register via our Join Us page. 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.

Our team

BAS is lead by Kate Laine-Toner, who founded the organisation in 2012. Kate’s co-directors, Anna Frary and Lisa Gardner, each have a role to play in the daily running of the group. We have a strong team of Facebook admins and are putting together a strong management committee.

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

Bristol Autism Project, which provides activities for children diagnosed with autism. Their telephone number is 01179 038250 and their email address is Please click here to view their leaflet.

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