There are a number of local autism support groups available. Discover more details about time, venues and who to contact to attend by clicking on the name of the support group below

 

Leicestershire Autistic Society

The Leicestershire Autistic Society (LAS), formed over 20 years ago, provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with autism in Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are a volunteer led organisation, where the vast majority of our volunteers are parents or carers of someone with autism.

One of our main aims is to continually strive to raise general awareness and acceptance of autism. We work to provide autism-friendly activities and support for families living with autism. Please be aware that some of the groups may change according to funding and volunteer availability, contact the service directly for information.

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Support Groups and Activities

Who is it for?

The Leicestershire Autistic Society has no eligibility criteria and is for anyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland wanting information or advice about autism. We are open to autistic children, young people and adults, family members and professionals.

Cost?

Annual Membership Fee £5.00 – priority access given to members on leisure activities, conference and workshops.

Contact details

Please contact the The Leicestershire Autistic Society by emailing Leicestershireautisticsociety@gmail.com or phoning the Helpline on 0116 291 6958

Website and Social Media

Website: Leicestershire Autistic Society
Facebook: Leicester Autistic Society Facebook Group
(Request to join this private group by answering the 3 admin questions: Parent/Carer of person with autism? Personally diagnosed with autism? Reside in LLR?)

The Carer's Centre

The Carers Centre runs self advocacy and support groups for parents/carers of children, young people and adults who live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. In these groups, parents/carers can meet and share ideas with other parents in a similar situation.

They can find out information and develop skills to enable them to access services e.g. from Social Care, Health, Education to support them and their children. The groups also support parents/carers to look after their own well-being.

The Carers Centre offers a range of different activities and training sessions, which are advertised to carers who are registered with The Carers Centre.

Self-Advocacy and Support Groups

All sessions are currently run via the Zoom platform virtually.

The centre run several different sessions during the week, please look at the website and social media for the most up to date information on group days and times

Weekly sessions are run at the centre on the following days;

Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am

This session is for parents and carers of children under 25 years and runs during the school term

Tuesday: 7 – 8:30pm

A session specifically for working parents and carers who cannot attend sessions during the day

Friday: 11:00 – 12:30pm

A weekly session for parents and carers of adults

Who is it for?

Parents/carers of children and young people under 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

Carers of adults living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

Cost?

All activities provided by The Carers Centre are free.

Contact details

Parents/carers can self-refer by ringing The Carers Centre on 0116 251099 or emailing enquiries@thecarerscentre.org.uk

Website and social media

Website: The Carers Centre
Facebook: The Carers Centre Leicestershire and Rutland
Twitter: @CarersCentreLLR
Instagram: @carerscentrellr

The Monday Club

The Monday Club is a social group for adults who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome. We support our members by providing opportunities to socialise, build friendships, take part in social activities, access the wider community and develop individual potential.

We aim to create a supportive environment for our members to meet, either in a mainstream setting or in the community, with trained staff and volunteers available to offer support, where necessary.

The Monday Club also provides brief respite for parents and partners of individuals who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger syndrome.

Who is it for?

The Monday Club is open to individuals aged 18 and over, living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

Please note – we have a small staff team and are unable to provide one to one support for individuals with additional support needs.

Referral process

Anyone can make a referral to The Monday Club. Referrers must have permission from the person they are referring, if they are contacting us on their behalf. Contact can be made by email, or by telephone. Our preferred method of contact is email. We will aim to reply to enquires within a week.

We will invite individuals to the group for a meeting to discuss their membership and what the group can offer them. The individual will be given some membership forms to complete and once this is completed and the forms have been received, the individual will then be invited to officially join the group. Once the individual has joined, their membership will remain in place until they request that we remove it.

Activities

We provide a timetable every 10 weeks that is accessible via our website. This includes social skills workshops for our members every 10 weeks.

Cost?

The club costs £2.00 per session to attend and there can be some additional charges for activities.

Contact details

Phone Number- 07873 311610
Email- themondayclub@hotmail.co.uk

Website- The Monday Club

Charnwood Autism Support Group (formerly Loughborough ASD Group)

This group is a small friendly group who meet for tea and coffee, a chat and to hear various speakers.

Meetings are on the last Monday of the month at 7.30pm.

Location: John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3HA

Contact: Evelyn Halsall on 01509 55 6376 or via email: charnwood.cas@gmail.com

Spectrum-Market Harborough

Spectrum-MH is a support group for parents and carers of children and adults with ASD in South Leicestershire.

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month during term time at 7.30pm.

Location: Congregational Church, High St, Market Harborough

Contact: Helen Jordan on 07831 349574 or join their Facebook group.

Translate

Translate hold informal monthly meetings for adults with Aspergers and those who love them. They offer support, an information pool and signposting to relevant support services.

Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month

Location: Moira Centre, Moira Street, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3AX

Contact: Paul and Jo Sandford by phone on 01509 554797 or via email: translate_as1@ntlworld.com

Castle Donnington Group (SPACE)

The group aim to share information and arrange events for families with children on the Autistic spectrum.

Meetings are monthly on the first and third Saturday of the month from 10am until 12 noon.

Location: Community Lounge, Castle Donnington Community College, DE74 2LN

Contact: Julie Truman on 07988934446 or Sara Goodwin on 01530 461660

Jigsaw

Jigsaw provides activities, support, information and advice for families with autistic children from 0-19 yrs. The group is run by parents.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month between 7pm-9pm.

Location: Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.

Contact: Dave Nutting on 07582 197173 or via email on: sumkindasyndrome@hotmail.co.uk

Reality

Reality aims to support the whole family unit affected by ASD/Asperger Syndrome. No formal diagnosis is required. The group organises activities, trips and outings for the whole family.

Meetings are held at Braunstone Sure Start, Gallards Hill, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 1QR.

Contact: Leisa Smith on 0791 285 0517 or via email on: leisa_smith3@hotmail.com

Melton Mowbray Spectrum Support Group

A group to offer support to parents and carers of people with Autism.

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month

Location: Royal British Legion (skittle alley), 12-14 Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1RB

Contact via email: meltonspectrumgroup@gmail.com or Facebook: Melton Mowbray Spectrum Support

Jigsaw for Families Lego Club

For young people aged 5+ years with ASD diagnosis or on the pathway for diagnosis.  This is run by volunteers so parent/carer supervision is required.

When: 2nd Saturday of each month, 11am to 12.30pm.

Location: Blaby Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Blaby, LE8 4HL

Cost: £2 per participant

Contact: Donna Johnson via email at leicestershireautisticsociety@gmail.com

Jigsaw for Families Holiday Club

For people with ASD diagnosis or on the pathway for a diagnosis. A great opportunity for families to get together and have a fun time during the school holidays. The holiday club welcomes siblings and parent/carer supervision is required as this club is run by volunteers.

When: Tuesday and Thursdays during the school holidays (except Christmas)

Location: Tuesdays see Link Up or LAS Facebook Page for details. Thursdays: Party Hire Centre, Unit 7 St Mary’s Business Park, Market Harborough, LE16 7QJ

Contact: Donna Johnson via email at leicestershireautisticsociety@gmail.com

Sports and leisure clubs and activities

There are also a number of sports and leisure clubs offering accessible sessions, so click on the name of the club or activity below to find out more.

Aylestone Park Football Club

Offering children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to train and play football, feel part of a team and make new friends.

When: Friday evenings

Contact: Andrew Lennon on 07368210471

Birstall United Juniors Football Club

Run an inclusive team up to the age of 11 years old.

When: Saturdays, 11am to 12 noon.

Where: Meadow Lane, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4EU

Cost: £2.50 per session

Contact: Stephen Carr on 07768111780

Oadby & Wigston Inclusive Football Club

Part of Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive League and play in their monthly tournaments.

When: Saturdays, 10am to 11am for ages 6 to 15 yrs, and 10.30 to 12 noon for over 16’s

Where: The Meadows Sports Ground, Leicester Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5QW

Cost: £7.50 per month

Contact: Beth Russell on 07896 345 409

FTM Dance

Offering both children’s and adult services, as well as dance, drama and music and creative therapies and summer play schemes.

Contact: 07543 068872 or email: ftmdance@gmail.com

Phoenix Cinema: Access Cinema Programme

Offering an ‘access cinema’ service. Part of this offering is autism friendly screenings in a supportive environment with reduced sound levels, partially raised lighting, no trailers and freedom to move around. They also look to provide a separate space to relax in.

Find out more about the ‘Access Cinema Programme’ on their website.

Leicester Wheels for All

Have a fleet of adapted bikes that allow people to experience the fun of cycling in a supported venue. They have a fantastic team of volunteers and session leaders who are trained to enable you to get the most from your cycling with us at our events.

When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, 1pm to 3pm

Where: Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium, Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 7NQ

Cost: £5 per individual, £10 per family, £30 per group (up to 8). Carers and Supporters are free

Find out more and view upcoming events on the Leicester Wheels for All website.

ADS Family Swimming Sessions

Free swimming sessions for families with a child/young person with ASD. Sessions paid for by LAS/Miracles to Believe In.

When: Every Saturday of the year apart from Bank Holiday Weekends, 2pm to 4pm.

Where: Bosworth Community Sports College, Desford, LE9 9JL

Contact: John Brotherhood 01455 286167 or 07896519816

ASD Coffee Mornings

Are you a parent, grandparent, carer or family friend of someone with autism? If so…why not come and join us for a cuppa and a chat? Everyone welcome!

When: Last Friday of the month (term time only) 10am to 12 noon

Where: Kirby Muxloe Free Church, Main Street, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2AN

Contact: Rox on 0116 2874517 

Melton Mowbray Youth Club

Run by Melton Mencap and aponsored by Miracles to Believe In, this group is for children and young people aged from 9 to 19 years old who have autism. The group will provide a range of activities and games to support all ranges of ability. Young people will have space to play, access to specialist areas like soft play and multi-sensory rooms plus the freedom of the large play area outside, with outdoor play equipment, grassed areas and lots of fresh air.

When: Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am to 1pm

Where: Birchwood School, Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1HA

Cost: £10 per session

Contact: Sue Milligan/Simon Bailey on 01664 564237

Charnwood Saturday Club

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For children between 5 and 19 years old and on the Autism Spectrum. Run by ASPIRE:Lifeskills and sponsored by Miracles To Believe In

When: Saturday, once a month, 10am to 1pm

Where: Loughborough Town Centre

Cost: £15 per session

Contact: Viv Boulton or Steve Parkinson  via email: aspirelifeskills@hotmail.co.uk

360 Play Hub and Leicestershire Parent Carer Forum

360 Play have set up a SEN session once a month and the LPCF have been able to set up a little hub at the venue enabling parents to get together. Katie and Diane chair the meetings that last for about 20 minutes, the purpose being to pass on information relating to the LPCF, gain views and feedback on issues, sometimes on behalf of LCC, listen to points of concern that parents may be experiencing and to offer support. We are a small group that is growing, and we welcome new members.

When: Last Friday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: 360 Play, Meridian Leisure Park, Lubbesthorpe Way, Leicester, LE19 1JZ

Cost: £6 per participant, Parents/Carers are free

Spirit at Play Horse Centre

This is a non-horse-riding centre which focuses on helping children interact with six horses on the ground. It is for people of all abilities from those who have never been near a horse before to those who have ridden and been around horses. Our latest project called Families United is designed for children with additional needs and their siblings.

Where: Spirit at Play Horse Centre, Illston On the Hill, LE8 8BJ

Contact: 07557819483

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