These are groups we have been made aware of locally.  Autism Wessex does not run these groups so PLEASE check with the group organiser before you travel – dates, times and venue are subject to change. Listing on this page does not represent partnership or endorsement.


Bournemouth 

Parent Carer Forum (including parents/carers of adults- not autism specific)

Dates: Weekly themed workshops each Thursday (term time only)
Times: 10.00am – 12.00pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm 
Venue: Tesco Community Room, Riverside Ave, Bournemouth, BH7 7DY
Contact: 07585 404335 or [email protected]

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Bournemouth 

Autism Specific Parent and/or Carers Group

Dates: Meets monthly on Thursdays during term time (dates can vary) 
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: Bishop of Winchester Academy, Mallard Road, Bournemouth, BH8 9PW
Contact: Carolyn Taylor on 01202 512697 or [email protected]


Bournemouth

Dorset Adult Aspergers Support

Dates: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, Poole, BH12 5BB
Contact:  [email protected]

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Bridport 

Carers Support Group
(Rethink Mental Illness-includes guest speakers from various agencies)

Dates: Last Monday of every month
Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: 5 Downes Street, Bridport
Contact: Ren Daire on 07436 816039 or [email protected]


Bridport

ASD & Social Anxiety group (Group for young people aged 11-18 and parents of children of all ages with similar needs)

Dates: Monday evenings during term time (and not on Colefox Academy inset days)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Bridport Children’s Ctr, Skilling Hill Rd, Bridport, DT6 5LA
Contact: Karen 07974 826891 and Indigo 07876 682116 

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Bridport

SENDIASS (Special Education Disability Information, Advice, Support Service) Groups

Dates: Wednesday during term-time 
Time: 10.00am – 12.00noon 
Venue:  Bridport Children’s Centre, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport. 
Contact: Kate Flute 07786 701110


Christchurch

The Umbrella Group (Autism specific) 

Dates: 4th Saturday of each month
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP
Contact: Debbie Muldoon-Hall 07900 693131

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Dorchester

ASDivas and Dudes, a parent/carer group (autism specific)

Dates: First Tuesday of the month
Times: 5.15pm - 7.15pm
Venue: The Children’s Centre, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3WA
Contact : [email protected] 

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Dorchester

Dorset Adult Asperger Support (DAAS) – for parents/carers of adult children

Dates: 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 7.15pm
Venue:  United Reform Church, 49-51 Charles Street, Dorchester
Contact: Diane Waters 07818 073390


Ferndown

Coping with Chaos (not Autism specific)

Dates: Various family activity sessions and support 
Time: Various
Venue:  The Families Centre, Bond Ave, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0LL
Contact: 01202 855105 or [email protected]

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Gillingham 

Parent Support Group for parents and carers of children of primary age with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or those awaiting possible diagnosis.

Dates: Once a term – dates vary
Time: 10.45am – 12.00noon
Venue: Wyke Primary School, 18 Deane Ave, Gillingham SP8 4SH
Contact: Tamar Shanks SENDCO or Wyke Primary Office 01747 825665


Gillingham

Parent Support Group for parents and carers of children with an autism spectrum disorder  (ASD) or those awaiting possible diagnosis.

Dates: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Bones Youth Club, Cemetary Rd, Gillingham SP8 4AZ
Contact: Helen Shorrocks 01305 224310


Poole

The Mix (for parents/carers of children with autism, behavioural and developmental problems)

Dates: contact Sara for dates
Time: 10.00am – 12.00noon
Venue: Tesco Community room, Tower Park, Poole
Contact: Sara 07966 971983 or [email protected]


Poole

Doors Open (Parents supporting parents of children with special educational needs)

Dates: Every other Friday – term time and holidays
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Venue: St Gabriels Church Hall, Keysworth Rd, Turlin Moor, Hamworthy, BH16 5BH
Contact: [email protected]


Verwood 

SENDIASS Support Group

Dates: Every Friday during term time
Time: 10.00am – 12.00noon
Venue: Verwood Youth Club (Emmanuel Middle School Site), Howe Lane, Verwood, BH31 6JF
Contact: Jane Schmidt (Dorset SENDIASS) 077486 24609 or [email protected]


Weymouth 

SENDIASS Support Group

Dates: The last Thursday of the month
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: Mulberry Children’s Centre, 2 Newstead Road, Weymouth, DT4 8JE
Contact: [email protected] for general enquiries


Weymouth 

A-Stars family activity group (Autism specific for age 5+, families, siblings welcome)

Dates: Saturday mornings
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Budmouth College, Chickerell Rd, Weymouth, DT4 9SY
Contact: Gilly on 01305 778032, 07929 071513 or [email protected]

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Weymouth

ASD Parent Support

Dates: The 1st Monday of each month
Time: 7.15pm – 9.15pm
Contact: Keri Mathie – 07818 205753


If you know of a group not mentioned or would like to update any information please Contact Us and we will be happy update this list. 

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