Autism Friendly Groups

Local Groups

We aim not to duplicate information that is already available but provide a simple way to access the information relative to autism only. This list includes the groups that we know are open to autistic people with or without a learning disability. Any group requirements, such as age and diagnosis, are included with the group information.

Local Offer

The local offer is a central government requirement for each county council to deliver. It is a website with details of services available to children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs.

Local Offer Service List

High Five

Requirements: Parents/Carers and their families

Facebook support group with monthly meetings for parents. A range of subsidised family outings occurs in the school holidays, such as the zoo, space centre, Jungle parc, etc.

These day trips provide an excellent opportunity for families to experience a whole day out know others are around them who get it and therefore remove some of the barriers.

Spectrum Club

Requirements: Children and their families

A great online parent peer-support group with a wealth of expertise and knowledge. Private hire sessions in the holidays at soft play, cinema, and swimming provide families with an excellent opportunity to mix.

Green Patch - Free Rangers

Requirements: Disabled and special needs children aged 15-17

Location: Kettering and Corby

Free Rangers short breaks service offering Saturday and holiday club provision for young people with disabilities. Based on a community allotment, including crafts, feeding the rabbits, chickens, gardening, and baking. The main service runs from Kettering, but there is a satellite project in Corby.

Autism East Midlands

Requirements: Children and young people aged 8+

AEM has various youth clubs and holiday activities.  Costs vary depending on the level of funding they have managed to source. Activities range from centre-based youth club style to virtual activities, through to days out where the young people can go out for the day independently of their family.

Have we missed anything?

This list is not complete, and we would love to hear from you as to groups you run or attend that offer an ideal space for those with autism to meet or have new experiences in Northamptonshire.

We are short on information for groups for autistic people over the age of 25 WITHOUT a learning disability. When contributing group information, please specify if any there are any requirements needed for a person to attend.

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ASD Diversity Corby

Requirements:

Location: Corby

A social and wellbeing group for young people and adults with autism and/or any other related conditions. It provides a safe and secure environment to play games, do some art, chat etc. A diagnosis is not needed to attend.

Picture the Difference

Requirements: Young people and adults with additional needs aged 16+

Location: Kettering

A Kettering-based organisation that offers creative and performing arts to young people and adults with additional needs. Delivering projects in the community, giving participants a chance to volunteer, skill-share, and develop personally and professionally. ​ Weekly arts sessions, games nights, holiday projects and evening club nights are all on offer.

Action for Children - Short Break Service

Requirements: Parents/carers and families with a disabled child(ren) aged 5-18

Providing a safe, fun and consistent environment for children and young people to be themselves regardless of their additional needs. Saturday clubs, youth clubs and holiday clubs provided as part of the short break service at various county venues.

Young Inclusive People Club (YIP)

Requirements: Young people with a disability aged 8-24

Location: Rushden

YIP is for young people with a disability, and takes place on a Tuesday evening at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden. On offer is a variety of sports, recreational and cultural activities. Siblings are welcome to attend. Carers/parents also have an opportunity to meet up whilst young people have fun.

Surrounding Areas

Links to local autism information for the counties surrounding Northamptonshire.

Leicestershire Information Directory

Rutland Local Offer

Cambridgeshire Local Offer

Autism Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Local Offer

Autism

Autism Oxford

Autism Buckinghamshire

Lincolnshire Autistic Society

Autism West Midlands

Autism Anglia

Autism Wales

Scottish Autism

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