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The Umbrella Group - Next Session

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

Our Impact Report 2017/18 is here

20 November 2018
See a snapshot of our year

Trustees Week 12th - 16th November

9 November 2018

This week is Trustees’ Week, an annual celebration of the work this huge body of volunteers undertakes for charities.  

ASD Conference 2018

8 November 2018
Linwood Teaching School Alliance announces ASD Conference

Become More Autism Friendly...this Christmas

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

Mind Sense Ability Launch a new Girls Group

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

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

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

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

11 September 2018
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..

Our 50th Birthday Event

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

A Father’s Legacy for his Son – A Lifetime of Support

15 August 2018
Nigel was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with autism in 1973. His Dad Terry’s dedication to improving life for Nigel leaves a lasting legacy.

NHS Project: Ask, Listen, Do

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

Adult Lego Club

11 July 2018

Adult Lego Club

UCLan survey

28 June 2018

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

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum

30 May 2018
Preparing for adult transitions seminar

New training programme aimed at parents & carers

30 May 2018

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

Silence for autism

17 May 2018
A sponsored silence for autism awareness.

Mental Health Awareness Week

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

​“It’s Like a Burning on my Skin” - One Man’s Unique Challenge to Raise Awareness of Autism

9 May 2018
For many people, giving a child, family member, friend or even stranger a hug is second nature.

Sensory Packs at AFC Bournemouth

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

50 reasons why Drop-in Group is great!

26 April 2018

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!

Never Let Your Diagnosis Get You Down - a student's perspective of life with autism

25 April 2018
The problem with autism is that all anyone ever talks about is what you can’t do. Nobody ever tells you what you can do.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Relaxed Concert

12 April 2018

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. 

Middle Path Residential Home is Awarded ‘GOOD’ CQC Rating

5 April 2018

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.

Yeovil Library Well-being Zone

3 April 2018

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

It’s Time to Put Autism in the Spotlight

27 March 2018

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

Schools' Autism Awareness Week

22 March 2018

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

National Autistic Society - Women & Girls on the spectrum

22 March 2018

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

The Umbrella Group: Next Sessions

15 March 2018

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

New Charity Partnership with Haskins

15 March 2018

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.

Why should you host a Big Brekkie?

14 March 2018

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

Full Spectrum Awareness

8 March 2018

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

Lessons learnt as a parent of a university student with autism

21 February 2018

By Julia Stewart, volunteer at Autism Wessex

Join our Big Brekkie campaign!

21 February 2018

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!

Football is for Everyone!

15 February 2018

Students at Portfield School have been enjoying dedicated football coaching sessions with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust.  

Information & Advice Team to attend Big Information Event 2018

14 February 2018

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

Family Support and Activities at Linwood School

14 February 2018

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

Thumbs Up!

8 February 2018

Big Thumbs Up to Paul Howard and Tesco!

February Fun at The Waverley

1 February 2018

Join in with the fun February at The Waverley.

Agents of Change programme

1 February 2018

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

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

1 February 2018

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

AFCB Disability Focus Group

30 January 2018

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

​Personal Independence Payments

30 January 2018

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims

Winward Drop-in Sessions

30 January 2018

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

SEND Information Day

30 January 2018

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Day

THUMBS UP JOE!

25 January 2018

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

Making It Real Forum

25 January 2018

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

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

25 January 2018

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

Parent Support and Information Sessions

24 January 2018

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.

Somerley Run Kicks Off 50th Birthday Celebrations in Style

11 January 2018

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. 

The Sky’s the Limit

11 January 2018

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.

Celebrations

10 January 2018

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

The Umbrella Group

10 January 2018

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

Tony Attwood: Skills and Strategies for ASD

9 January 2018

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

Co-op Dorchester raise £2,555.38!

20 December 2017

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.

Extra Festive Cheer with Generous Carol Service Match

12 December 2017

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

Christmas lunch events for adults who are alone at Christmas

7 December 2017

Here are some Christmas lunch events for adults who find themselves alone without family or friends at Christmas.

Barnes Lane Resident Danny Takes Huge Step Forward

6 December 2017

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

Poole Well-being Collaborative Services

6 December 2017

Poole Well-being Collaborative share news of Poole community/voluntary services, activities or events.

Autism Awareness on International Stage

5 December 2017

Our Ambassador Sophia Grech and Guest Blogger Gillan Drew were recently invited to speak at Inservice Autisme, an international autism conference in Oostmalle, Belgium.

Banners to raise awareness

30 November 2017

We have been donated banner stands to help raise awareness about autism.

Tony Attwood Conference

28 November 2017

Save the date! 9th May 2018.

Discussions from drop-in

23 November 2017

Dorcheser drop-in group recently spent time discussing meeting up and getting on well in a group. They worked together and complied some tips for adults with autism.

Asperger’s World: My Fairy Jam Jar

22 November 2017

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

Young Cherries Fan Scores Autism Awareness Goal at AFC Bournemouth

9 November 2017

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

Don't Miss Chris Packham on BBC2 tonight!

17 October 2017

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

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

17 October 2017

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

Friend Request

12 October 2017

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

Harry Redknapp Kick Starts our Autism Friendly Football Campaign

11 October 2017

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.

It's World Mental Health Day

10 October 2017

The World Health Organisation recognises Mental Health Day on 10 Oct 2017. 

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

10 October 2017

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

Happy World Teacher's Day

5 October 2017

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.

Basepoint Make a Big Splash with Fun Day Fundraising Match

4 October 2017

Basepoint Business Centre in Bournemouth has doubled the total raised by teams at our recent Big Kids Sports Day.

We have a new CEO

25 September 2017

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

Anything is Possible

22 September 2017

Teenager 2 Adult 2017

18 September 2017

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

Chatterboxes Youth Group opens in Ferndown

6 September 2017

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.

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

1 September 2017

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

Politics Session at Dorchester Drop In Group

31 August 2017

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.

How to support people with autism

2 August 2017

You can’t see autism and unless someone tells you they have autism, the following points should be considered when dealing with any of our customers. 

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

2 August 2017

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

An Adult with an Autism Diagnosis

28 June 2017

Author, Gillan Drew recently spoke at our latest "My Life with Autism" event. Gillan talked candidly about his experiences of living with autism. He touched on his childhood, workplace experiences and relationships, including those with his wife and daughter, sharing how his autism has presented both challenges and strengths.

Basepoint Gives Marathon Runner a Fundraising Boost

8 June 2017

Basepoint in Bournemouth has given marathon runner Richard Taylor a boost by matching every penny he has raised for us. The generous donation is part of a pledge to donate £10,000 in match funding to our Information and Advice Service in 2017/18.

Big Brekkie Campaign Raises Thousands

1 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Big Brekkie campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Day has raised over £6400 for our Information and Advice Service. 

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