Local support

NAS South Hampshire Branch
Contact Address
Mr David Carter, Branch Officer, tel: 07767 618325, email: [email protected]


The branch supports children, young people and adults with autism, and their families, in the South Hampshire area. They run a number of activities which include:

  • Afternoon and evening support groups for parents/carers of children, young people and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome. The groups meet monthly to exchange experiences, skills and understanding. At some meetings they invite guest speakers or have professionals present who can advise on aspects of autism. Professionals who work with people with autism are also very welcome to attend.
  • Branch members have access to an extensive Resource Library with books, videos, DVDs and educational games available, on a wide range of ASC topics.
  • A monthly Saturday afternoon Family Youth Club. Children accompanied by their families (including siblings) are welcome. A number of rooms and activities are available during the afternoon, for example, table tennis, air hockey, crafts, Lego, books, games and so on.
  • A monthly Saturday afternoon Lego Club for children aged 9-13.
  • Fortnightly social meetings for children (along with their families) during term time.
  • Teenage youth clubs. The branch is able to signpost young people with autism (over 13) for referral to suitable local weekly teenage youth clubs.
  • Fortnightly friendship group for adults, who take part in activities and have social outings.
  • Social events for the benefit of individuals and their families.
  • Links to other support services and groups.
  • Access to a wealth of advice and information.
  • The branch is represented on the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board and campaigns locally to improve support for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions.

SHantsNAS Useful Links to other organisations: http://www.shantsnas.org.uk/Usefullinks

National support

The National Autistic Society provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

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Online chat forum for parents and carers: http://community.autism.org.uk/f/parents-and-carers

Helpline for confidential expert advice and support on autism for autistic people, their families and friends.

Telephone: 0808 800 4104
Helpline opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 9am-3pm (excluding Bank holidays)
You may also be able to find answers to your queries in their frequently asked questions.

Contacts listed on: Autism Services Directory.

National Autistic Society services:

Autism Accreditation
Autism Helpline
Conferences and Events 
EarlyBird Centre 
Education Rights Service
Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
NAS services for adults
NAS services for children - main admin centre 
Parent to Parent Service
Employment Services
Social Programmes 
Training and Consultancy Services

National offices