We hold regular coffee mornings which allow parents the opportunity to meet other parents of Autistic children and share ideas and practices, details on the right of this page.
We also run regular parent/carer workshops.
The NAS Surrey Branch is a volunteer-run parent to parent support group with around 1300 members in Surrey. We offer a variety of support groups, meetings and activities for families with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Details of all activities are published in the branch newsletter, produced every 2 months. It’s free to join – just go to www.mugsy.org/membership.
- Evening Talks: Once a month during term-time there are evening meetings with speakers, open to anyone with an interest in ASDs. Meetings take place in Guildford, Redhill and Woking.
- Coffee morning support groups: a chance for parents to meet others with children with ASDs. Coffee morning run throughout term-time in Woking, Guildford, Cobham, Walton, Addlestone, Chertsey, Dorking, Milford, Leatherhead, Farnham & Redhill.
- Parents of Adults group: this group meets once a month in the evenings for informal get-togethers.
- Parents of Girls Group: meets monthly in Woking and Guildford in mornings and evenings.
- Dads’ Group: a chance for fathers of children or adults with ASDs to meet in a member’s home for a meal and a chat. Meets every 3 or 4 months on a Friday evening.
- Online support group: the branch runs a moderated Yahoo! email group for members to share experiences and ask questions.
- Family activity events: we run events every few months for children and young people with ASDs and their siblings – including ice skating (Guildford); indoor climbing; children’s Christmas party and a cinema outing where we take over a whole cinema.
We also run an informative web site and have two libraries of books (based in East Surrey and West Surrey).
The NAS Croydon Branch Parent Group aims to reduce some of the isolation felt by those who have received a diagnosis or are waiting to receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for a family member. We provide: – monthly coffee morning – advice and information – the opportunity to meet other parents and carers in similar circumstances – a friendly and supportive environment. Please contact us for more information.
Sian Palin, Branch Officer KT6, tel: 07917 271350, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information emailed to members regarding Talks/Workshops we run, activities and any other relevant information that families require. We run family Sunday fun sessions once a month, no booking required.
- The National Autistic Society www.autism.org.uk
- Autism-Aspergers www.groups.yahoo.com/group/autism-aspergers
- Autism Information Sheets www.autism.org.uk/infosheets
- Autism Resources www.autism-resources.com
- Talk about Autism www.talkaboutautism.org.uk – good for forums
- Wrong Planet www.wrongplanet.net – general information and toolkits
- Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org – information about young people with Aspergers
- Thinkfun www.asperkids.com – some great games that students may enjoy
- Robyn Steward www.robynsteward.com – a young woman with Aspergers
- “Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide”
- Childline www.childline.org.uk – provides a free and confidential telephone service for children. Helpline 0800 1111
- www.firstsigns.org.uk – an on-line, user-lead voluntary organisation to raise awareness about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury.
- National Self Harm Network – www.nshn.co.uk – UK charity offering support, advice and advocacy services to people affected by self-harm directly, or in a carer role.
- www.samaritans.org – provide a 24 hour service offering confidential emotional support to anyone who is in crisis. Helpline 08457 909090
- www.youngminds.org.uk – provides information and advice on child mental health issues and a parents helpline 0800 802 554
- http://mygrants.co.uk/grants-for-autistic-children/ – grants for autistic children
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezv85LMFx2E – Amazing Things Happen (An introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations.)