Below, you will find some links to organisations who offer training and support for autistic teens and young adults.
The Social Skills Agency
The Social Skills Agency offers social skills learning programmes for children and young people who struggle with social communication. SSA specialises in supporting children and teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA). Social skills learnt in the groups may include: turn taking, sharing, negotiation and compromising, understanding multiple perspectives and friendships. Through drama clubs, music groups, film clubs, comics and much more, children and teenagers practice social learning and consolidate their social skills in a safe and positive environment. There is a cost for this activity.
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evolve offer dynamic and innovative support for young people with learning disabilities and autism from the age of 16. They are part of Options, a leading care and support organisation operating throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.
They work closely with schools and colleges in order to provide a smooth transition process for young people leaving education. Their programme runs from their central meeting hub and training base- The Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol.
Telephone: 0117 965 3514
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Sixteen Co-operative Ltd offers evidence based Supported Employment Services to help people with a disability get a job by matching the skills, interests and aspirations of the individual with the needs of local employers; providing the right support by the right person at the right time.
LD Awareness supports people from the age of 16 upwards into supported employment. We can support smooth and seamless transitions from education into employment and, if required, in employment on an ongoing basis.
Project SEARCH helps people with learning disabilities or autism who want to do full time paid work. In Bristol, Bristol City Council, Sixteen Co- Operative Ltd and City of Bristol College work in partnership to offer young people the chance to learn real work skills.
Telephone: 0117 9037450
Lifeskills Bristol is an interactive safety education centre, built as a realistic village, which has been developed to teach people how to deal with potentially difficult or dangerous situations, whilst in a safe environment. Lifeskills currently runs five different programmes, specifically designed to educate Year 6 Primary school children (10-11 years), adults with learning difficulties, children with special educational needs, parents with young children and older people.
Telephone: 0117 9224511
PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support) exists to give young adults the opportunity to lead fulfilling and participative lives, on both a social and professional level, regardless of any cognitive or physical disabilities. PROPS provide access to practical learning, worthwhile experiences and skills development for these young people to will achieve this goal.
Telephone: 0117 965 3514
Workers Education Association offer a variety of courses in various locations and have a commitment to helping students with additional needs.
Telephone: 01392 457300
Misfits Theatre Company is a theatre and social group led by people with learning difficulties. Misfits is known for its role as a provider of unique training solutions, working with both private businesses and the public sector. They aim to enable people with learning difficulties to be creative, have fun and reach their potential through participation, performance, volunteering and employment.
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Breakthrough Mentoring is an activity-based mentoring programme in South Gloucestershire. It helps vulnerable and excluded people achieve goals that will help them move their life forward. Mentors work with people facing a range of issues and challenges including mental health issues or disability, challenging or offending behaviour, and young people in the care system.
Learn more about Breakthrough Mentoring
Avon North Mencap runs life skills, self-advocacy and other useful sessions for people aged 18 and over at The Hive, their excellent drop-in centre in Kingswood.
Telephone: 0117 9614372
Address: 322-324 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1AJ
Make it Mentoring runs a five-week long Job Skills Club in Yate every few months to help young people move towards employment.
Telephone: 07722 911902
re:work provides real work experience to young people who struggle in mainstream school in building, landscape maintenance and gardening, retail and carpentry. They do this through setting up building and gardening teams (re:build and re:grow) and a furniture reuse shop (re:store). re:work also offers volunteering for over-16’s that helps to develop strengths and make a real difference to participants’ employment and training options.
Telephone: 0117 953 0689
Brandon Trust is a charity supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. Brandon Trust believe that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live a life of freedom with fewer limitations. They work with people who can inspire and enable those we support to set themselves free so they can reach for their dreams and be all they can be.
Telephone: 0117 965 3514
Foxes Academy in Minehead offer training for independent life skills in residential learner houses. It also provides the opportunity to learn catering skills in a real operating hotel with paying guests, where lots of functions take place all year round.
Telephone: 01643 708529
Magdalen Farm in Chard, near Taunton, offers Care Farming programmes for autistic individuals of all ages to improve their health and well-being. They help people to pick up new practical skills like animal care, horticulture, and skills with tools. They also help to improve people’s ability to cope, live independently and spend time with other people.
Telephone: 01460 30144
The Den is an An interactive website run by the Autism Education Trust to help young people on the autism spectrum (and their siblings) to learn more about a wide range of issues that may affect them.