AWARE (Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource) is a parent-run group which has been supporting supporting families with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum (formal diagnosis not required) since 1999. The group includes parents, wider family members, and health, education and social care professionals.
Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. Currently, we are the ONLY group in the Bradford area offering autism-specific support to children/young people.
Autism Angels work with parents and professionals to improve the lives of all children with autism and their families using Equine-Facilitated Coaching. http://www.autismangels.co.uk/ 0113 387 3064 email@example.com
ACST (Autism Community Support Team) This organisation supports pupils with high-functioning Autism who are displaying challenging behaviours (150 behaviours per week). An in-depth and holistic assessment is made in all environments accessed by the YP after which a key adult is assigned to work with the family in their home to model strategies on how to manage and understand their child’s behaviour. Referral can be made by parents, schools or other professionals (available in C&I folder – Parental support) https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/service/758-specialist-behavioural-services-
Aspire A parent run support group offering support to families. There are regular meet ups to offer support and signposting. The child does not need a diagnosis to access the group. https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/service/659-aspire--supporting-the-autism-community
Autism Education Trust helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential. www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk 0207 903 3650 Contact them online: https://helpdesk.autismeducationtrust.org.
Autism Links This is a website which signpost parents and carers to services available within their region. This is updated regularly. https://www.autismlinks.co.uk/
Bingley and Keighley Autism Parents Group is a Facebook-based support group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/665682793471183/
Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) is a local charity which aims to provide disabled people with high-quality sport and physical activity, running various clubs and activities across the district every day of the week for more than 400 disabled people.
01274 437 093 http://www.bradforddisabilitysports.co.uk/
Café Eden/Big Local monthly Coffee Morning takes place in Keighley College and is for parents of autistic children. https://www.facebook.com/keighleybiglocal2019/?tn-str=k*F
Cygnet programme This is a 6 week (2.5-3hr sessions) parent programme which is available to parents of children aged between 5-18 once a diagnosis has been received. Additional support packages around sibling support and puberty and sexual well-being are also available from this service. Parents self-refer for this service. Link to Cygnet
National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people and their families. Founded in 1962, the NAS is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. https://www.autism.org.uk/ 0808 800 4104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Rights Service: 0808 800 4102
Autism Helpline: 0808 8004 104
Parent-to-Parent Service: 0808 800 4106
National Autistic Society Keighley and District is the local branch of the NAS and offers regular events. https://www.facebook.com/National-Autistic-Society-Keighley-Bingley-892114954173793/ Keighley@autism.org.uk
Nebula Girls Group This a group specifically for girls on the Autism spectrum (or on the pathway) based in Keighley. It offers social support to girls and young women aged between 8-25 via a weekly club (Friday evening). https://www.nebulagirlsgroup.co.uk/
The Parent Forum (Bradford & Airedale) This is a support group for parents of children with additional needs. It helps parents to understand processes and legislations around SEND and helps them to have a voice. https://pfba.org.uk/
PDA Society has help and information on Pathological Demand Avoidance, a branch of autism https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/ https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/contact-us/enquiry-line/
SENDIASS This organisation offers impartial advice to parents or carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND. Advice can be given around exclusions, EHCP, transport, annual reviews, SEN support, admissions and provision. https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/bradford-sendiass
SNOOP (Special Needs Objective Outreach Project) This is a registered charity run by a voluntary management committee based in the Eccleshill area. The organisation has qualified staff who support young people from the ages of 2-25 with disabilities and complex health needs. They offer before and after school care, play schemes, Young adults (activities based around their needs and interests, with an emphasis on life, independence, social skills, friendship and fun), youth club (Tue 6-8pm), safe places scheme and support for parents and carers. The support is accessed via a self-referral. https://www.snoopcharity.org/
Sparkle is a support group aimed at parents/carers of children with autism in the Skipton/Craven area (diagnosis not necessary). They also welcome parents/carers of children with any disability, if they feel they may benefit. https://www.facebook.com/Sparkle-support-group-Skipton-107609523969649/ email@example.com
Specialist Autism Services Specialist Autism Services works exclusively for and with adults (18+) on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide autism specific services across the Yorkshire region. They now provide a range of services including group social skills workshops (through an autism-specific learning programme), information and guidance, autism-specific counselling, employment support, autism awareness training and community outreach support. Under the name Autism First they also provide bespoke support for adults with autism and additional needs. https://www.specialistautismservices.org/
Wrose Adventurers is a youth group for young people aged 11-25 years with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wroseadventurers/ Contact Helen Durham on 07598 112 037 firstname.lastname@example.org
ZigZag Leeds is a support group, run by parents, for parents/carers of children on the Autistic Spectrum, with or without a diagnosis. https://www.facebook.com/pg/zigzag.leeds.autism.support/about/?ref=page_internal 07981 201 005 email@example.com