Skills & Social Groups
Formally known as Drop-in Groups. Please note, we have changed the name of the Drop-in Groups to better reflect what we do.
We run Skills & Social groups for adults in Bournemouth and Dorchester. The groups provide an opportunity for people to meet others with the condition to socialise and share ideas in a supportive and friendly environment. People do not have to have had a diagnosis to attend.
We have a real mix of people who attend the Skills & Social groups and always have a couple of members of staff present to welcome new members and to oversee the session. We realise it can be quite daunting joining a group for the first time so if you would just like to pop in and take a look that is fine – just contact our Autism Advice Team to arrange a visit.
Bournemouth Skills & Social Group
When: Weekly on Wednesdays 2.00 - 4.00pm
Where: Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown, BH9 1TW
Facilities: Cafe, free car parking with disabled access, toilets
Activities: Information and skills, Arts and crafts, yoga, dance, badminton and table tennis as well as one-off talks and tasters. Some activities may incur a small additional cost.
Dorchester Skills & Social Group
When: Weekly on Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00pm
Where: Army Reserve Centre, Poundbury Rd, Dorchester, DT1 1TA
Facilities: You can park free of charge at the centre. There is a meeting room, kitchen, toilets and outside playing field.
Activities: A programme of activities is based around improving social and communication skills and having the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. There is a pool table, table football and games available.
Watch the video we created to celebrate our 50th anniversary, starring our Skills & Social Group members who have shared thoughts on what Skills & Social Group and our Information & Advice service mean to them!
As well as our groups there are lots of other groups in the area. We have put together lists of groups for parents/carers, people with autism, children and families so please do contact us if you want to find out about groups local to you.
If you would like to attend any of the following sessions or request further information please call our Information & Advice Team on 01305 213135 or contact us