The Branch have provided a summary of organisations/clubs that we feel may be of particular interest to our members, however, for a comprehensive list of services and local agencies which support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (aged 0-25 years) within their community (including “Things to Do”, “Health”, “Social Care and Support”, “Education” and “Employment Training and Volunteering”), please refer to the Local Offer website: www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/localoffer

Index

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS (AUTISM SPECIFIC):

-Parent/Carer Autism Support Group – Cheltenham (NAS Gloucestershire)

-Parent/Carer Autism Support Group – Tewkesbury (NAS Gloucestershire)

-Coleford – Autistic Spectrum Support Group (Forest Pulse)

-Cheltenham Autism Support (Rainbow Days)

-Gloucester – Gloucestershire Autism Supporting Parents (GASP) - Spring Centre, Quedgeley

-Cotswold Aspies – Adult Social Group (aged 16+) – Cheltenham and Cirencester

-Adult Support Group Meetings (Mitcheldean and Colford)

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS (DISABILITY):

-Carers Gloucestershire

-Gloucestershire Parent Carer Voice

-ALLSORTS (Stroud Based)

-CADCAF (Cheltenham and District Carers and Families) - Cheltenham

-Spring Centre (Quedgeley, Gloucester)

-The Key – Family Information Service

-SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service)

-Stroud – Parliament Children’s Centre (Allsorts)

-Dursley – Treetops Childrens Centre (Allsorts)

-North Cotswold Parent Support Group

-Of Course We Can

-Charlotte's Tandems

SUPPORT FOR ADULTS WITH AN AUTISM SPECTRUM:

-Cotswold Aspies – Adult Social Group

-Adult Support Group Meetings (Forest of Dean)

-Gloucestershire Youth Support Team

-Independence Trust

-Hop Skip and Jump Seven Springs Play and Support Centre - Adult Social Club

-Aspergers United

GENERAL:

-National Autistic Society – Specialist Behaviour Advice Service

-Cinema Exhibitor’s Association Card


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Please note that all third party information on this website is provided in the spirit of keeping families aware of local and national support available. The Gloucestershire Branch of the National Autistic Society does not necessary endorse their efficacy or views.


LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS (AUTISM SPECIFIC):


Parent/Carer Support Meetings (Autism Specific):

Cheltenham - Springbank Centre (NAS Gloucestershire Branch)
This monthly meeting for parents/carers of children and young people with an autism spectrum is held on Thursdays (10am-12 noon) at the Springbank Centre, Cheltenham (term times only). For more information, please contact NAS Gloucestershire on 0777 073 1012, email: gloucestershire@nas.org.uk .
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Tewkesbury - Alderman Knight School (NAS Gloucestershire Branch)
This monthly meeting for parents/carers of children and young people with an autism spectrum is usually held on the fourth Friday of the month (1.30-2.30pm) at Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury (term times only). For more information, please contact NAS Gloucestershire on 0777 073 1012, email: gloucestershire@nas.org.uk.
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Coleford – Autistic Spectrum Support Group (Forest Pulse)
The Forest support group for parents of children and young people with autistic spectrum, communication and language disorders meet at Heart of the Forest Community Special School on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. For further information, please contact Dawn (07970 422361) or Pam (01594 826357).
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Cheltenham Autism Support (Rainbow Days)
This group is for children up to 16 years of age with diagnosed/strongly suspected autism spectrum disorder, their parents/carers and siblings. Session times: 3.15pm-5.15pm on Thursdays (term times) and 9.30am-12.30pm Thursdays (school holidays). Tel. 01242 462219. Venue: Gardners Lane Children’s Centre, Cheltenham
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Gloucester – Gloucestershire Autism Supporting Parents (GASP) - Spring Centre, Quedgeley*
Meetings for parents/carers of children and young adults with additional needs are held (10am-12 noon) every Tuesday and Thursday, term time only. Siblings are welcome. For more information, please contact 01452 725941. *Also see Parent Carer Support’ for more services)
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Cotswold Aspies – Social Group (aged 16+) – Cheltenham and Cirencester
This group meet up (after 7pm) at the Exmouth Arms (Cheltenham) on the third Tuesday in the month and the Fleece Inn (Cirencester) on the first Wednesday of each month. They also enjoy trips to the seaside, cinema, bowling, walks and historical visits. All Aspies and friends are warmly welcomed. For more information, please contact Steve and Linda Spalding – email: steven_spalding@msn.com Mbl. 07836 505219.
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Adult Support Group Meetings (Forest of Dean)
For a friendly, informative monthly get-together for adults with AS, parents and carers:-
• Mitcheldean – held on the second Tuesday of every month (from 1.30pm). For more information, please contact Irene on 01594 543978, email: sonofcoker@hotmail.com
• Coleford - Asperger’s Awareness Support Group held at the Coleford Drop In Centre on the last Tuesday of every month (2-4pm). For more information, please contact the Drop In Centre on 01594 834436.
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LOCAL PARENT/CARER SUPPORT GROUPS (DISABILITY):


Carers Gloucestershire:
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent, carer led charitable organisation that seeks to empower carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives. They offer information, support, advice and advocacy to all Carers in Gloucestershire. Once registered, you will receive their quarterly ‘Caring Matters’ Magazine and can request regular updates/ information from Deborah Livingstone (Parent Participation Worker). For more information, please contact Tel. 01452 386283, website: http://www.carersgloucestershire.org.uk
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Gloucestershire Parent Carer Voice
Gloucestershire Parent Carer Voice was set up for parents of children/young people with disabilities (aged 0-19 years) to provide news and information, ways to have your views represented, and opportunities to get directly involved with taking those views forward. For more information, please contact Deborah Livingstone on 01452 872245, Email: dlivingstone@carersgloucestershire.org.uk
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ALLSORTS (Stroud Based):
This family support group for parents, grandparents or carers of children with any disability or special needs (aged from birth-24 years). Allsorts offer parent support, toy library, social outings/activities, youth club and short breaks. Allsorts is based in the Stroud Valleys and covers the whole of Gloucestershire. For more information, please contact 0758 237 8422, email: info@allsortsglos.org.uk
Website:allsortsglos.org.uk
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CADCAF (Cheltenham Based):
CADCAF (Cheltenham and District Carers and Families) are a family support group for families and carers who care for children with special needs. They provide mutual support, information exchange, holiday activities and young carers club for brothers and sisters. For more information, please contact CADCAF on 01242 222117/07944 2804612, email: psw@cadaf.com
website: www.cadcaf.com.
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Spring Centre (Quedgeley, Gloucester):
The Spring Centre offers services for children/young people with a disability (up to 18 years). Services range from respite care, after school club and holiday activities. They also provide help and support for parents and siblings through our family sessions, coffee mornings and holistic therapies. For more information, please contact the Centre on Tel. 01452 725935, info@springcentre.org
website: www.springcentre.org.uk.
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The Key:
Key is a special information service for families that have a disabled child/young person (age 0-25 years) in Gloucestershire. They run a completely free and confidential service which is voluntary to join. Members will receive their quarterly newsletter. For more information, contact The Key on 0800 0093443 or 01452 425844)
Or view their website: www.keywords.org.uk.
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SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service):
SENDIASS Gloucestershire provides free and confidential information, advice and support on matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The service is offered to parents and carers of children and young people aged between 0 and 25 years old to enable them to play an active and informed role in their child’s education. Tel. 0800 158 3603 (Freephone) and Tel. 01452 389345
Website: www.sendiassglos.org.uk.
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Stroud – Parliament Children’s Centre (Allsorts):
Meetings for parents, grandparents or carers of a child, aged 0-24, with any disability or special needs are held weekly (9.30am-12 noon). For more information, please contact Sheila (Allsorts) on 0779 400 9663 or email: sheila@allsortsglos.org.uk
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Dursley - Treetops Children’s Centre (Allsorts):
This monthly meeting for parents/carers of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs meet 10am-12 noon. For more information, please contact Sheila (Allsorts) – 07794009663 or email: sheila@allsortsglos.org.uk.
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North Cotswold Parent Support Group:
This monthly meeting for parents/carers of children and young adults with a disability and/or additional needs meet on the third Wednesday of each month (7.30-9.00pm) at Stow Children’s Centre, St. Edwards Drive, Stow on the World. For more information, please contact Christine on the Children’s Centre on 01451 831642. or email: ncsgroup@hotmail.co.uk.
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Of Course We Can
Of Course We Can is a programme of residential and non-residential activities for disabled children/young people and their non-disabled peers. This is an exciting programme of activities that include such things as Need for Speed, Animation Station, Feed My Mind Cooking, Crazy Constructions, Horsepower Challenge… and much more! If titles such as these spark your imagination, then why not sign up for one of our exciting events. Active Impact – Tel. 01453 756614, email info@activeimpact.org.uk Website: www.activeimpact.org.uk .
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Charlotte's Tandems'
Charlotte’s Tandems is a charity. They have a number of tandems available for disabled or less able people and those with special or additional needs to borrow for free. Borrowers, so far, have been mostly children, although they welcome applications from all ages. You may contact Charlotte’s Tandems via their website: : www.charlottestandems.weebly.com.
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SUPPORT FOR ADULTS WITH AN AUTISM SPECTRUM:


Cotswold Aspies – Adult Social Group (aged 16+) – Cheltenham and Cirencester
For more information, please refer to “Support Groups (Autism Specific) section of this page.
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Adult Support Group Meetings (Forest of Dean) in Mitcheldean and Coleford
For more information, please refer to “Support Groups (Autism Specific)” section of this page.
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Gloucestershire Youth Support Team
This service provides help and support to young people up to the age of 19 (or 25 for those with special needs) on a range of issues, i.e. education employment and training, emotional health and well-being, problems with drugs and alcohol, housing, etc. For general enquiries or to find our more information about what they offer, please call 01452 426900 or email:: info.glos@prospects.co.uk..
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Independence Trust – Tel. 0345 8638323
They support adults 18+ (or going through transition to adult services) with an autism spectrum. This includes support with social inclusion and practical support with housing, employment, health issues, etc. which may involve a programme of six months based on a person centred approach, on a 1:1 basis. Support is via professional referral or self-referral. For more information, please contact 0345 8638323, email: gloucestershirehub@independencetrust.co.uk. *Independence Trust offer a comprehensive range of social activities for adults – please contact Independence Trust or NAS Branch for an electronic copy.
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Hop Skip and Jump Seven Springs Play and Support Centre - Adult Social Club
For adults with special needs, Hop Skip and Jump offer an adult social club on Thursday evenings (6.00-8.00pm). Hop Skip and Jump may be able to offer transport to and from the centre. For more information, please contact Hop Skip and Jump on Tel. 01242 870438. Website: www.sevensprings.co.uk.
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Aspergers United - 'Free' Quarterly Newsletter (for adults aged 16 and over)
Asperger United is a quarterly newsletter edited by a person with Asperger syndrome, written by people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. Each issue contains regular news from the UK and overseas, personal accounts of having Asperger syndrome or autism, a pen pal page, letters to the editor, a talent scout section. To subscribe, please contact NAS on Tel. 020 7903 3595 or email: asp.utd@nas.org.uk.
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GENERAL:

National Autistic Society - Specialist Behaviour Advice Service
This service offers information and advice to parents/carers and family members of individuals with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. Additionally information and advice can be given to professionals working with autistic children or adults and adults may also self-refer. The service can offer help and advice on a range of topics including aggression, social skills, obsessions, anxiety and sensory issues. Contact the service directly via email to book a telephone appointment, or ask for advice by Email: behaviour@nas.org.uk. . Appointments with the service can also be made via the Autism Helpline 0808 800 4104.
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Cinema Exhibitor's Association Card
This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. Eligibility criteria is that person applying for the card must be in receipt of DLA or PIP benefit. Card is valid for one year and there is a processing fee of £6.00 (June 2016). You can apply for this card either by post or online Website:www.ceacard.co.uk
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