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Supporting Families Living With Autism In Bristol

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The Butterfly Hut – Bristol

The Butterfly Hut is a brand new Group where all children with special needs and their families are welcome. It’s a relaxed safe and friendly environment where children can play and parents can chat and get support. It’s Based inside Action Sports in Whitchurch (formally Whitchurch Sports Centre) Bristol.

Phone: 07580797245


Bristol Autism Project (BAP)

The Bristol Autism Project provide supported school holiday activities for children and young people with Autism, aged 5-18 years and their siblings of any age. The Bristol Autism Project run two groups, Under 11's for children aged 5-11 years old and over 11's for children aged 11-18. Some of the frequent events are exclusive sessions at Hop Skip & Jump, Trampolining, Cinema, Sailing, Games & Craft sessions, Climbing and much more! All activities are free of charge. You can self refer to the service by contacting Shirley Young-Lumsden (Advanced Project Worker)


Phone: 0117 903 8250  (Disabled Children Service Duty Desk)

Clubs & Groups In Bristol

Sensory Space

Sensory Space aim to create an inclusive, imaginative and stimulating sensory environment for children and their families or carers. They run sensory sessions for all babies, toddlers and young children in Bristol. With sensory space you can access a wide range of sensory toys/equipment.

Phone or Text Jen: 07912284929



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NAS Bristol Branch

NAS Bristol Branch arrange parent led play opportunities for young people (up to 19 years) with Autism* in Bristol. NAS Bristol organise at least 1 event per month, things such as swimming, climbing, park meet-ups, trampolining and trips out to local attractions. Many activities are in closed sessions where just our group are using the facility. Where possible, siblngs are also welcome to participate in our events. Activities are for NAS Bristol members and are advertised primarily through our closed Facebook Group and via Email. Booking may be required.

* A confirmed Autism diagnosis is not essential to access NAS Bristol events and activities.


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NAS Out Of School Club (OOSC)

Our out of school clubs in South West England support children and young people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism between the ages of 8 and 18. The clubs offer participants the opportunity to join a structured youth group which will meet their individual needs and provide a safe enviroment. Children and young people accessing the groups have been shown to develop better social skills and increased confidence. Some of the young people have since found employment; others have joined mainstream social and leisure activities.


Special Friends Club

Special Friends Club is a charity operating throughout the City of Bristol and South Gloucestershire and run by parent volunteers. The charity provides support for families of children with special needs by organising a wide range of activities and social opportunities that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family. There is usually a waiting list for this great club. To join you need to download an application form from the website.


Time 2 Share

Time2Share is a local charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. They run a volunteer befriending scheme and a range of group activities for disabled young people. Over half the young people they support are on the autistic spectrum.

Bristol ZOOKAH! Group

A group run for teenagers with Aspergers – ages 17-25. The group offers the chance for young people to go out and meet with like minded people. Common interests are around Science Fiction, fantasy and Nintendo games.

Independence Social Group

This group is for disabled young people and their siblings aged 8-18. There are 8 days trips during the school holidays throughout the year. In addition, we have regular trips to bowling and cinema on Saturday and Sundays each month.                                                                                              

Phone: 0117 941 5868                                      



Bristol East Group / Hillfields Youth Group

A youth club for young disabled people living in East Bristol. Meet every two weeks on Tuesday evenings, 7-9.30pm at Hillfields Youth Centre, Thicket Ave, Hillfields, BS16 4EH.  All welcome!

C in N Inclusion Group

A youth club for young disabled and non-disabled people living in Bristol. Open to all children and young people aged 10-18, sessions promote fun and development in an inclusive and cohesive way. Meet every Tuesday evening, 7-9.30pm at Hartcliffe Club for Young People, Gatehouse Avenue, Bristol BS13 9AE.

Out and About

Saturday youth clubs for young disabled people living in Bristol, Meet twice a month,10am-4pm, at Hartcliffe and Hillfields. All welcome!

Bristol Youth Links

A youth club that is held every Wednesday from 6:45pm - 9:15pm at the Salvation Army in Lawrence Hill BS2 0AN. This youth club is for young disabled people aged 13-19 or with learning disabilities up to the age of 25.

Phone: 0117 947 9922


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Stay & Play Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery

Accesible activites are arranged for disabled children living in Bristol up to the age of 10 and their siblings. Crafts, out door play, sensory play, soft play and sensory rooms are usually available for these sessions. An opportunity for parents to meet with other families of disabled children.

Phone: 0117 9039781

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