There are local support services, groups and organisations which can support you or your family. 

Local Youth Clubs and Support Groups

Blandford - A-teens Social Club
(Autism and Asperger’s specific) 

Dates: Meets weekly on Thursdays for young people aged 13-19 Years
Time: 3:30pm-6pm
Venue: Treads Information and Advice Centre, 28B Market Place, Blandford DT11 7EB
Contact: 01258 455448 or [email protected]

Blandford - Lindsey’s Art and Craft Club
(For 17-30 year olds with autism/severe Learning Disabilities)

Dates: Wednesdays 
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Shillingstone Church Centre, The Cross, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 OSW
Contact: Maree Webb 01258 861913 

Blandford - NOCS
(Inclusive clubs welcome all gamers for card, miniature, role play and board games)

Dates: Various
Time: Various
Venue: Blandford, Dorset (may expand in future to other areas)
Contact: www.nocscharity.com or 07815 951095

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
Time: 6.30pm – 8 pm
Venue: Bridport Children’s Center, Skilling Hill Rd, Bridport, DT6 5LA
Contact: Karen 07974 826891 

Bournemouth - Chatterboxes 
Part of YMCA Bournemouth

Date: Saturdays
Times: 2-5pm
Venue:
Contact: [email protected] or 07827 848479 

Bournemouth - Supertry Youth Club
Social Skills small group session (ASD specific)

Dates: Wednesdays for 13-25 year olds
Time: 6:30-8:30pm.
Venue: 45-55 Maxwell Road, Bournemouth
Contact: Emma Jenkins [email protected]

Dorchester - The Young Friendship Saturday Club
(SEN specific) 

Dates: Fortnightly Saturdays for 11-25 year olds (£3.00 inc drink/snack)
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Dorchester Youth and Community Centre, Kings Rd, Dorchester Dorset DT1 1NJ
Contact: [email protected] or 01305 266000 or 07872 916897

Dorchester - Positive about Autism

Dates: Thursdays
Time: 1:30-4:00pm
Venue: The Snug, Vivo Lounge, 23 Weymouth Avenue, Brewery Square, Dorchester, DT1 1QR
Contact: Jasmyn Kearsey Email: [email protected] Tel: 07427618679 

Gillingham - Hipp-bones 

SEN/Disabilities Group

Dates: Alternate Saturday mornings (Term Time) for 11-18 year olds
Time: 10am -12pm
Venue: Gillingham Youth and Community Centre, Cemetery Road, Gillingham SP8 4AZ
Contact: Trish Walker Tel: 01747 822267 Email: [email protected] 

Poole - Creekmoor SEN/Disabilities Youth Session
Dates: Meets weekly on Mondays for Young People aged 9-19 years
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Creekmoor Youth Centre, Northmead Drive, Creekmoor
Contact: Neil Tel: 01202 605 340 Email: [email protected]

Poole - Manic Mondays 
(additional needs sessions at Limelights Youth Centre)

Dates: Meets weekly on Mondays for young people aged 18-25
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Limelights Youth Centre, Learoyd Road, Oakdale, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8PJ
Contact: Colin Phillimore 01202 262281 or 01202 672318


Sherborne - ASD Drama Group

(Autism specific)

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: Evening-  Contact to confirm
Venue: FUZE Youth Club
Contact: [email protected] 

Sherborne - FUZE Youth Club
(Autism specific)

Dates: Meets weekly on Thursdays for young people aged 11-16 Years
Time: 5.30 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Sherborne Youth Centre, Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DY
Contact: 01935 814202 or [email protected] 

West Moors - Awesome Nights Club by Diverse Abilities
(SEN/Disabilities session)

Dates: Meets Weekly on Wednesday’s for young people aged 13-19 years
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: The Families Centre, Bond Avenue, West Moors, Ferndown BH22 0LL
Contact: Jon Stroud 07548 510771 or [email protected]

Weymouth - A-Stars family activity group

(Autism specific, families including siblings welcome)

Dates: Saturday mornings (5 years upwards)
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Budmouth College, Chickerell Rd, Weymouth, DT4 9SY
Contact: Gilly 01305 778032 or [email protected]

Weymouth - The Remix and Premix Youth Performance Company

Dates: Weekends and School Holidays for 11-19 and 7-11 (Premix) Year Olds
Time: Various - contact for more info.
Venue: Wyvern Academy, Dorchester Road, Weymouth Dorset
Contact: 01305 260 954 or [email protected]

Please be aware that 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.  

Other Useful Services: 

The Dorset xchange - www.xchangeonline.co.uk  
ASD Friendly - www.asdfriendly.org
NAS Directory - www.autism.org.uk/
NAS Parent to Parent Service - www.autism.org.uk/


Categories: For adults with autism, For parents and carers, Support services, Third party events, Training
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