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NAS South Gloucestershire branch

A branch of the National Autistic Society

Other local groups

Special Friends Club


Special Friends Club is a charity operating throughout the wider Bristol area and run by parent volunteers. A fantstic club that provides support for families of children with special needs by organising a range of activities and social opportunities that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.


For more informationlook on the club's website: www.specialfriendsclub.org.uk



Childrens Playlink


Childrens Playlink is a children's charity which organises a number of playschemes during the Easter and summer holidays for children with additional needs. In addition to organising schemes dedicated to these children Childrens Playlink believes that parents should also have the opportunity to let their children attend mainstream playschemes. During the school Easter and summer holidays, using funding from South Gloucestershire Social Services and South Gloucestershire Children's Fund, we employ 'buddies' as adult helpers to provide support on a one-to-one basis for each child with additional needs wishing to attend a mainstream playscheme. These children must live in South Gloucestershire to be eligible for this support.


For more information call: 01454 865631.


Fusion Dance


Introducing Fusion Dance a new regular dance therapy class for young people aged 8+, it provides space for exploring creativity, connecting and communicating


For more information email: info@kfl.org.uk or call: 01179477948



The Youth Service


The service runs bridging clubs in designated youth centres covering the South Gloucestershire area for young people aged 13 – 19 years old .  The clubs are targeted for young people with additional needs. The sessions run on the same basis as for the other youth clubs, e.g. they offer opportunities to take part in activities such as dance, drama, cooking, music, sport, computers etc as well as residential trips.

and take place at:


Little Stoke Youth Centre,  

Brimsham Green Youth Centre in Yate




Made for Ever Youth Centre

in Kingswood.


For Little Stoke (Star Kids club) contact the leader Catherine Challinor:

e-mail: Catherine.challinor@southglos.gov.uk or call: 01454 865730


For Brimsham Green contact the leader Dawn Young:

e-mail: Dawn.young@southglos.gov.uk or call: 01454 9691938


For Made For Ever contact Integrated Youth Support Practice Manager Paul Godwin:  

e-mail: paul.godwin@southglos.gov.uk or call: 01454 868593


For St Andrews Youth Club contact the leader Debbie Teml:

e-mail: Debbie.teml@southglos.gov.uk or call: 01179 691938