Regional & National Support Groups

National Support Groups

National Autistic Society
The main UK support group

Education Rights Service0808 800 4102
Autism Helpline      0808 800 4104
Parent-to-Parent Service 0808 800 4106

Their helplines are now free from landlines and most mobiles:
3, O2, Orange, T-mobile, Virgin and Vodafone.

The Autism Helpline: For people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, family members and carers, offering impartial and confidential advice, information and support around autism and related issues, including local support and services, diagnosis, early intervention, therapies and behaviour management. People can also book telephone appointments with our Welfare Rights and Community Care services via the Autism Helpline.

NAS Welfare Rights Service: Providing advice, information and support on all aspects of social security benefit entitlement. This includes advice on benefit entitlement, general advice on completing claim forms, what to do if a decision is wrong and how to appeal to a tribunal

NAS Community Care Service: Providing advice and information on accessing support from local authorities and health services, Individual and Personal Budgets, transition, support and care plans, and how to make complaints.

NAS Parent to Parent Service: Our confidential telephone service providing emotional support for parents and carers of an adult or child on the autism spectrum. A message can be left on the 24 hour answer phone and a volunteer will then call back as soon as possible, at a time which suits, including evenings and weekends

NAS Education Rights Service: Providing advice and support on educational provision and entitlements throughout the UK. Our trained volunteers will guide parents and carers through education law and support them through what can often be a complex and difficult process. They also help parents prepare appeals to educational tribunals.


The Scottish Society for Autism
Provider of services for people with autism in scotland

Northern Ireland - Parents and Professionals
and Autism
The main N.I support group

Autism Independent UK
Society for The Autistically Handicapped.

Parents for the early intervention of autistic children
Support group advocating early, intensive behavioural intervention for children with special needs

Regional Support Groups

A.C.T. (Autism, Communication & Skills Training)
A.C.T. is a Leeds based community outreach programme offering language and communication training to adults with autism who, currently, are unable to access an autism specific service. A.C.T. is part of the wider service offered by Leeds Christian Home for Adults with Autism, a registered charity affiliated to, and accredited by, the National Autistic Society.
Contact: Victoria Watson Email:
Address: A.C.T.Suite 1b,
             Gledhow Mount Mansion,
             Roxholme Grove, Leeds,
             West Yorkshire, LS7 4JJ.
             Tel.No.:  0113 225 8352

Location: Lancashire

Asperger East Anglia
Location: Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and other East Anglian Counties

Autism Support Group Harrogate & District
Location: Carers Resource, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
We are parents, grandparents and other interseted parties in the process of establishing a support group for the Harrogate District. Suggestions have included a variety of dates/times of meetings to include as many families as possible, speakers, training sessions, befriending scheme etc.
Contact: Tel.No.: The Carer's Resource 01423 500555

Autism London
Location: London
Tel:         020 7359 6070 Helpline

Avon Autistic Foundation Ltd
Location: Bristol

Blackpool Autistic Support Group (ABC)
Location: This group covers the Fylde coast area.
Contact: Angie Morris (Chair) 01253 346273

Bradford And District Autistic Support Group (BADASG)
Location: Bradford & District, West Yorkshire
Contact: David Riley 01274 721932

Leeds Asperger Adults
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Info: Support for Adults in Leeds with Asperger Syndrome

Leeds & District Autism, Behaviour and Communication Support Group
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Mabgate Resource Centre
Location: Leeds
Info: Autism specific day service support for adults (post 16) with autism.

NAS North Yorkshire Central Branch
Location: Richmondshire, Hambleton, York & Selby
Info: Branch of the National Autistic Society -holds meetings in York every two months - campaiging for services and support for people with ASDs.
Contact: Carole Birtwhistle (Selby) Tel: 07747 728 244

NAS Surrey Branch
Location: Surrey and South West London

Newark Autism Support Group (NASG)
Location: Based in the town of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

North Derbyshire Asperger Support Group
Location: Chesterfield, North Derbyshire

North Staffordshire Asperger Autism
Location: Stoke Staffs Area
Contact: K Healey
              Tel.No.: 01782.633040
              Mobile:  07751 223065

Nottingham Regional Society for Autistic Children and Adults
Location: Nottingham

Location: Bradford
                              140-148 Manningham Lane,
                              Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7JA

Sheffield Autistic Society
Location: Sheffield

Shropshire Autistic Supporters
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Sussex Autistic Community Trust
Location: Hastings
                              Battle, TN33 0AE

Wessex Autistic Society
Location: Dorset

Registered Charity No: 1089617

Support Groups