Category: For parents and carers

Face Covering Exemption

Find our printable explanation sheet and card for face covering exemption here.
30 Jul 2020

12 Tips of Christmas

Here are 12 tips to help you and your family enjoy an autism-friendly yuletide.
16 Dec 2019

The Umbrella Group

A parent led support group for parents and carers of children and young adults with ASD
11 Nov 2019

AFC Bournemouth - Superstore Sensory Hour

AFC Bournemouth is becoming more autism friendly with the introduction of a Superstore Sensory Hour.
19 Aug 2019

Anonymous Blogger - Part Five

Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part five here.
14 Aug 2019

Anonymous Blogger - Part Four

Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part four here.
7 Aug 2019

Anonymous Blogger - Part Three

Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part three here.
31 Jul 2019

Anonymous Blogger - Part Two

Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part two here.
24 Jul 2019

National Autistic Society - Finding Employment

National Autistic Society have created a new employment module designed to support autistic adults and young people into employment.
22 Jul 2019

Anonymous Blogger - Part One

Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part one here.
17 Jul 2019

Dorset HealthCare Engagement Event

Would you like to have your say on how Dorset HealthCare run their health services in the future?
4 Jun 2019

JP Morgan's Autism at Work Familiarisation Sessions

Learn more about the roles they have, and how the Autism at Work program can support you.
31 May 2019

Forest School Faces and Bugs

See what Classes 3 and 4 have been up to in their Forest School lessons!
8 May 2019

Accept My Autism - Richard's Story

We're sharing Richard's story as part of our Accept My Autism campaign
29 Apr 2019

Wareham Library Autism Friendly Hour

Join Wareham Library for an earlier opening and discover the library in a quieter, more relaxed environment.
25 Mar 2019

The Umbrella Group

A parent led support group for parents of children and young adults with ASD
13 Mar 2019

Accept My Autism

Accept My Autism is our brand new campaign to mark World Autism Awareness this April, kindly sponsored by Williams Thompson Solicitors LLP
20 Feb 2019

This is Me

Our staff and students at Portfield School have been busy putting together a very special sign-along version of a well known song this Christmas
28 Dec 2018

Welcome to our New Chair and Vice Chair of Trustees

We’re delighted to announce that Malcolm Farrell has been appointed to the position of Chair of our Board of Trustees and Martin James to Vice Chair
29 Nov 2018

The Umbrella Group - Next Session

The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group for parents of children and young adults with ASD.
20 Nov 2018

Our Impact Report 2017/18 is here

See a snapshot of our year
20 Nov 2018

Join us for our Christmas Carol Service

We're marking the end of our 50th Birthday celebrations with a festive filled Carol Service this December
1 Nov 2018

Become More Autism Friendly...this Christmas

We want to get shops and leisure businesses across the Wessex region thinking and talking about autism.
31 Oct 2018

Lighthouse Announces Upcoming Autism Friendly Performances

Lighthouse in Poole has announced two Autism Friendly performances this Autumn/Winter
2 Oct 2018

Mind Sense Ability Launch a new Girls Group

Mind Sense Ability are launching a new Girls Group called WaveLength
2 Oct 2018

#BeHeard #WeHeard Co-Design Event - You're Invited

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is inviting people to the #BeHeard #WeHeard Co-Design Event on 23rd October 2018
18 Sep 2018

NHS England Announces Autism as Clinical Priority over the next 10 years - Have Your Say

Did you know that NHS England has announced that autism will be a clinical priority over the next 10 years? Now it's time to have your say..
11 Sep 2018

​The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project has some workshops in Lyndhurst and an Autism Learning Day in Brockenhurst coming up.
11 Sep 2018

The Umbrella Group: Next Sessions

​The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD.
6 Sep 2018

Our 50th Birthday Event

Hundreds of staff, supporters and members of the community joined us to celebrate our 50th Birthday.
5 Sep 2018

NHS Project: Ask, Listen, Do

The Ask Listen Do project for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families and carers
11 Jul 2018

Adult Lego Club

Adult Lego Club

11 Jul 2018

We're 50!

Join us and celebrate our 50th anniversary year!
4 Jul 2018

UCLan survey

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is looking for people to complete a survey.  

28 Jun 2018

Songs for a Summer Evening - relaxed performance

Dorchester Choral Society presents Songs for a Summer Evening ​- a relaxed performance.
7 Jun 2018


Do you have a daughter with autism?
7 Jun 2018

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum

Preparing for adult transitions seminar
30 May 2018

New training programme aimed at parents & carers

We are delighted to announce new training programme aimed at parents & carers.

30 May 2018

Parenting Through the Senses

Parenting Through the Senses is an interactive, informative and practical course run by MindSenseAbility, an aspergers and autism therapy and diagnosis centre based in Sowley.

23 May 2018

We're moving!

We are moving offices to Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP
23 May 2018

Silence for autism

A sponsored silence for autism awareness.
17 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week

This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) is focusing on stress.
16 May 2018

Sensory Packs at AFC Bournemouth

AFCB have launched sensory packs to try to make the match day experience more accessible and enjoyable for fans with autism and other disabilities.
1 May 2018

Lesley Waters Cooks Up a Treat for Carers

Celebrity chef Lesley Waters has opened up her Cookery School to host a very special event for parents and carers of children with autism.
1 May 2018

50 reasons why Drop-in Group is great!

To mark our 50th anniversary our Drop-in Group members have shared thoughts on what Drop-in Group and our Information & Advice service mean to them!

26 Apr 2018

Autism & Physical Health Survey from University of Cambridge

If you are 16 years old or older, and are autistic or not, The University of Cambridge is asking people to complete an anonymous survey about physical health and family medical history. 

25 Apr 2018

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Relaxed Concert

On Sunday 3rd June Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is hosting a relaxed performance of the best-known pieces of classical music in an informal setting at Lighthouse, Poole. 

12 Apr 2018

Middle Path Residential Home is Awarded ‘GOOD’ CQC Rating

We are delighted to have received a ‘GOOD’ rating after an unannounced Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection at one of our 8 adult residential homes, Middle Path in Crewkerne, Somerset. This latest inspection means that all of our residential homes have a ‘GOOD’ rating.

5 Apr 2018

Yeovil Library Well-being Zone

Yeovil Library have set an amazing example raising awareness and providing important resources for people with autism and their families.

3 Apr 2018

It’s Time to Put Autism in the Spotlight

Our ambassador, Sophia Grech has forged a career as an Opera singer to international acclaim, performing in front of Royalty and Presidents. 

27 Mar 2018

Schools' Autism Awareness Week

It's Schools' Autism Awareness Week from 26th to 29th March.

22 Mar 2018

National Autistic Society - Women & Girls on the spectrum

National Autistic Society have launched a free training module about women and girls on the autism spectrum.

22 Mar 2018

The Umbrella Group: Next Sessions

The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

15 Mar 2018

New Charity Partnership with Haskins

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has chosen us as its charity partner for 2018. We will benefit from the support of the centre’s staff and customers in our milestone 50th Birthday year.

15 Mar 2018

Free respite retreat for parents and carers

We have a limited number of places available for parents and carers who support someone with autism to attend a respite retreat with celebrity chef and friend of the charity Lesley Waters.

14 Mar 2018

Why should you host a Big Brekkie?

There are so many reasons to sign up for a Big Brekkie!

14 Mar 2018

Autism Wessex Social Hub

Our first Social Hub of 2018 gave attendees the chance to enjoy a range of different sporting activities. As well as a hockey game, there was a rounders match and hurdle relay races.

11 Mar 2018

Full Spectrum Awareness

The National Autistic Society has launched a new resource, Full Spectrum Awareness.

8 Mar 2018

Chatterboxes celebrating World Autism Awareness Week

The Chatterboxes are celebrating World Autism Awareness Week!

6 Mar 2018

SEND Information Day

SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu SO45 4ZF

6 Mar 2018

Special Offer: parent places at Tony Attwood Event

Witherslack Group is supporting Autism Oxford with their upcoming ‘Attwood on Aspergers & Autism’ event on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018.

6 Mar 2018

Accessible Activity Day at Moors Valley

Moors Valley is marking the start of a three-year project to further develop inclusivity with a Accessible Activity Day!

28 Feb 2018

Lessons learnt as a parent of a university student with autism

By Julia Stewart, volunteer at Autism Wessex

21 Feb 2018

Join our Big Brekkie campaign!

We have an even bigger reason to celebrate our annual Big Brekkie campaign! Every April, we ask supporters to host a fundraising breakfast to highlight World Autism Awareness Day and this year it's also our 50th birthday!

21 Feb 2018

Gillingham meeting for people with ASC

Do you have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Condition?

21 Feb 2018

Umbrella Group

The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

21 Feb 2018

Information & Advice Team to attend Big Information Event 2018

Come down and meet our Information and Advice team at the Dorset Parent-Carer Council's Big Information Event 2018.

14 Feb 2018

Family Support and Activities at Linwood School

Linwood School is offering a variety of family activities for children with Special Education Needs and Disability. 

14 Feb 2018

Thumbs Up!

Big Thumbs Up to Paul Howard and Tesco!

8 Feb 2018

February Fun at The Waverley

Join in with the fun February at The Waverley.

1 Feb 2018

Agents of Change programme

The Agents of Change programme is starting on 19th February for 16 to 18 year olds.

1 Feb 2018

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project has some workshops in Dorset in the next couple of months.

1 Feb 2018

AFCB Disability Focus Group

AFC Bournemouth are delighted to announce that, for the fourth season running, a disability focus group will be held at Vitality Stadium.

30 Jan 2018

​Personal Independence Payments

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims

30 Jan 2018

Winward Drop-in Sessions

Winward Day Services have drop-in sessions on the last Friday of each month.

30 Jan 2018

SEND Information Day

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Day

30 Jan 2018


Joe, Caretaker at TA Centre Dorchester has been awarded a 'Thumbs Up' Award! 

25 Jan 2018

Making It Real Forum

This is your invitation to attend Dorset County Council’s Adult Social Care Making It Real Forum to be held:

25 Jan 2018

How do individuals on the autism spectrum perceive emotion in music?

A student of Psychology at the University of Glasgow is currently running a research study as part of a degree.

25 Jan 2018

Parent Support and Information Sessions

Sessions for parents and carers of children and young people with autism and associated difficulties the chance to meet others and gain expert information and advice in an informal, friendly setting.

24 Jan 2018

Somerley Run Kicks Off 50th Birthday Celebrations in Style

Hundreds of runners joined us on 6th January at our annual 10km and fun run at the Somerley Estate in Ringwood, marking the start of the charity’s 50th Birthday year. 

11 Jan 2018

The Sky’s the Limit

Stuart, a resident at Middle Path Home, is celebrating overcoming his fear of heights by successfully completing an abseil. With the dedicated support of staff, he made the fantastic achievement on an activity holiday at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor.

11 Jan 2018


You may have heard already, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year! Over the year you can celebrate with us!

10 Jan 2018

You can raise money for us when you sell on ebay

Did you know you can raise money for us when you sell on ebay? 

10 Jan 2018

Dorset Care Record – Better Informed Means Better Care

At present, health and social care organisations in Dorset hold different sets of records about you. 

10 Jan 2018

The Umbrella Group

We are a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

10 Jan 2018

Tony Attwood: Skills and Strategies for ASD

Skills and Strategies for ASD, 9th May, 2018, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton with world ASD expert Professor Tony Attwood.

9 Jan 2018

Co-op Dorchester raise £2,555.38!

Thank you to all the customers from Co-op Dorchester, Co-op Funeralcare Dorchester and Co-op Crossways Food for donating to us in the Local Community Fund. We have received over £2,000 to help us fund our Dorchester Drop-In Group.

20 Dec 2017

Extra Festive Cheer with Generous Carol Service Match

Hundreds of people joined us at the Christchurch Priory for our annual Carol Service on 5th December. 

12 Dec 2017

Atypical on Netflix

By Jon Leavitt

6 Dec 2017

Barnes Lane Resident Danny Takes Huge Step Forward

Danny, a resident at Barnes Lane, is making exceptional progress thanks to the collaboration and dedication of staff teams.   

6 Dec 2017

Autism Awareness on International Stage

Our Ambassador Sophia Grech was recently invited to speak at Inservice Autisme, an international autism conference in Oostmalle, Belgium.

5 Dec 2017

Pupil at Portfield School receives a donation for a piece of art

Kai, one of the pupils at Portfield School, has received a donation for a piece of art he created as part of a World War 1 topic.

5 Dec 2017

Tony Attwood Conference

Save the date! 9th May 2018.

28 Nov 2017

Weekly Themed Workshops from Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum host weekly themed workshops on Thursday's from 6.30 - 8.30pm. 

28 Nov 2017

Asperger’s World: My Fairy Jam Jar

Joely Colmer is an award winning, local author with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

22 Nov 2017

Join TEAM 50 & sign up for Somerley Winter Run

We are hosting our annual 10km and fun run at the Somerley Estate in Ringwood on Saturday 6th January, kick starting our 50th Birthday celebrations!

22 Nov 2017

Young Cherries Fan Scores Autism Awareness Goal at AFC Bournemouth

A young football fan has played a key part in raising awareness of autism at Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. 

9 Nov 2017

International Opera Singer Celebrates Autism Ambassador Appointment

Internationally renowned opera singer Sophia Grech is celebrating her new role as an Ambassador for Autism Wessex by performing at our Carol Service this December.

31 Oct 2017

Artisan Autism Art group

The Artisan Autism Art group has been running for some years and is based at the the Artisan Community Art Studio in Recreation Road, Branksome, Poole, BH12 2EA

30 Oct 2017

Disability Cricket Sessions in Somerset

Here are some 'Disability Cricket Sessions' in Somerset from the Somerset Cricket Board.

19 Oct 2017

Don't Miss Chris Packham on BBC2 tonight!

Tune into BBC2 at 9.00pm and watch 'Asperger's and Me' with Chris Packham.

17 Oct 2017

All cast of the new CBeebies show, Pablo, are on the autism spectrum

There is a new TV show called Pablo on CBeebies and the central character and cast are all on the autism spectrum.

17 Oct 2017

Friend Request

Do you have a passion for trains and want to share your interest?

12 Oct 2017

Harry Redknapp Kick Starts our Autism Friendly Football Campaign

We are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with our Ambassador Harry Redknapp to launch a campaign to make football more autism friendly. The Autism Friendly Football campaign will support football clubs to make small changes that will make a big difference to anyone affected by autism.

11 Oct 2017

Drop-in Group member, Dan, visits Bournemouth Film & Comic Con

Dan Palmer, a member of our Bournemouth Drop-in group, talks about his experience at Bournemouth Film and Comic Con.

10 Oct 2017

Happy World Teacher's Day

An inspirational teacher will have a lasting positive impact on our lives. If we are lucky we will all have been positively influenced by at least one passionate, dynamic, inspirational teacher. If we are really lucky our children will experience such a life changing encounter for themselves.

5 Oct 2017

We have a new CEO

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Siún Cranny as our new CEO.

25 Sep 2017

Teenager 2 Adult 2017

Dorset Parent-Carer Council "Teenager 2 Adult 2017" Free Event

18 Sep 2017

Chatterboxes Youth Group opens in Ferndown

The Chatterboxes is a youth action project run by young people with disabilities aged 11-25 years old which has been running in Bournemouth for over 6 years.

6 Sep 2017

Autism Training for Parents and Carers - free courses starting in January 2018

We are pleased to announce we are running two more of our highly popular courses starting in January 2018.

1 Sep 2017

Politics Session at Dorchester Drop In Group

Politics is just one of the many topics we have discussed at Dorchester Drop In Group. The group has been running for over 5 years now and has a regular membership of adults on the autism spectrum. During the 2017 General Election run up, our members wanted to learn more about the different political parties and what they stood for.

31 Aug 2017

GPs to Record Autism Diagnosis on Patient Records

Did you know that new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines published this month recommend that GPs set up registers of which patients are on the autism spectrum?   Many people are surprised that this is not something that already happens as standard but some people might have concerns about what this means. 

14 Aug 2017

Could you be a speaker at our next My Life with Autism event?

We're looking for speakers for our upcoming 'My Life With Autism' events...

2 Aug 2017

New Early Years Provision at Portfield School

We are delighted to announce we will be opening a Centre for Reception and Key Stage 1 aged children within the grounds of Portfield School near Bournemouth, Dorset from September 2017, due to high demand for places. 

13 Jul 2017

Talking to children about tragic events

Recently there has been lots of news coverage of tragic events which can difficult for us all to process. We have been thinking about how families can support children with autism with their understanding, thoughts and feelings about these events and have put together some ideas below:

27 Jun 2017
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