The South Hampshire Branch is a self-funded branch of the National Autistic Society and run entirely by volunteers.
There are an increasing number of people with autism, including Asperger syndrome, in the local area. Living and working with these people brings great rewards as well as challenges. There is often social isolation of children, young people and adults with autism and their families. The branch can help in a number of ways.
We welcome anyone for whom our group may be a helpful resource. The website details their local support groups.
Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association provides friendship, advice and a wide range of specialist educational services for children, their families and related professionals across Portsmouth and South Hants. We offer a warm welcome to new families, and our services include Baby Support Groups, Early Development Groups, Communication and Drama Therapy, and a Nursery and School Advisory Service including training for both parents and professionals. We also provide social opportunities for our members to meet, coffee mornings and seasonal parties for the children.
See website for contact details – no phone details on their website
Marvels and Meltdowns is a parent-led, not-for-profit, registered charity supporting families with children affected by ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) ASC (Autistic Spectrum Conditions) and SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) in Gosport, Fareham and the surrounding areas, through the provisions of our ADHD & ASC family centre, weekly group support meets and our online social media community.
Marvels and Meltdowns
1 Phoenix Way
Family Autistic Spectrum Support is a local charity which aims to help families in Hampshire who have a child or young person (0-25 years) with autism or autistic behaviours. A range of activities are listed on their website, along with regular support meetings for parents. A co-ordinator can provide help, advice and signposting.
We are a national organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people who have Down’s syndrome, promoting their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others.
SFHT offers a wide range of services to people with a learning disability and their families: supported lives in residential homes, a personal development programme, domiciliary support, and supported living.
We support people to be valued members within their local community, ensuring that they have opportunities for a good social life, support to make and maintain friendships and relationships and help to find meaningful occupation, learning and employment.
Services are based on flexible and personalised support for individuals – no two people supported by SFHT have the same service. We work very closely with family members, friends, other professionals and anyone else who is important to the person we support.
The support we provide is very rounded and holistic, supporting the whole person. We endeavour to ensure that the person’s mental, emotional and physical health is taken into account in all our services.
Providing person-centred care programmes for adults of all ages, who either through social or economic cirucumstances are in need, particularly those with learning difficulties and other disabilities.
The Beneficial Foundation helps people to be ‘the best they can be’. We provide training and rehabilitation to those that have either missed out in mainstream education or need help with social skills.
Enham Trust offers a wide range of services for people with disabilities, including learning programmes and employment opportunities.
Hampshire Autism Voice (HAV) is the parent, carers and people with autism group established within the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB).
HAV has been developed to give a voice and active involvement to people with autism, their families and carers within the HAPB and the autism strategy workstreams. HAV actively participates in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services for children, young people and adults with autism living in Hampshire.
The National Autistic Society provides help and advice and has a online national directory of autism services.
This service provides parenting programmes for parent/carers who have children aged 5-17 that are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), or are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or are displaying troubling or challenging behaviours associated with minor-moderate conduct disorder or are teenagers displaying anti-social behaviour including child to parent violence.
Local venue for a wide range of adult classes (both day time and evening) suitable for all ages and abilities but with a specific programme for people with learning disabilities. Also available are the Ashcroft Adults with Learning Disabilities Classes which include art, dance and drama classes specifically for adults with learning disabilities.
Please note that charges apply, although concessions are available on some courses – see website for details.
Information, advice and support for Parents and Carers with children and young people 0-25 with a disability or additional needs. Free membership, weekly newsletter, support workers in each area of Hampshire.
We help people with learning disabilities with their health care and want you to have the care that suits you best. Sometimes we will work directly with you, especially if you have complex needs or we will work with other people to give you the best care. That could include your family and carers or your doctor, or social care. We can also tell you about other people who can help you, too.
Pompey in the Community provides a range of fun and structured sports sessions for people with disabilities. Our clubs with expert coaches will be able to develop your sporting ability whether you are new to sport or an experienced sportsperson. The charity also run Walking Football sessions for people aged 50+ to keep active, learn new skills and meet new people. Please note charges apply – see website for details.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Mencap Direct is our help and advice line and offers access to advice and information about learning disabilities and help to find the right support and Mencap services in your area. We provide information about Community Care, Benefits, Education, Jobs, Housing, Holidays, Family and Personal Relationships.
SAIL is a service that provides support and advice to people with a Learning Disability living in Hampshire. Advice can be provided by phone or at one of a number of drop-in sessions at a place local to you: Telephone advice is available from Monday to Friday between 9am—5pm. Drop-in sessions offer support and advice with any daily issues which might be affecting your independence, health or well-being.
Help and information for people with learning difficulties.
The Disabled Sailors Association provides sailing opportunities for people with all types of disabilities. Please note that charges apply – see website for details.
An independent provider of services & support to young adults aged 13-40 (& their families) who have a learning disability or additional needs. Chaos Support offers a wide range of services & opportunities including: Day Services, Activities, Chaos Hotel, Training, Social Enterprise & Employment.
National card scheme, developed by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA), which enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. The CEA Card scheme is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.
Dimensions UK offer autism friendly screenings at over 250 cinemas in partnership with Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase and Vue cinemas. Every month, each participating cinema shows a different film from a selection of new releases and classics including Pixar animations, Disney adventures and many more films suitable for all age ranges.
Autism Hampshire offers help and advice to people on the autism spectrum, their carers and professionals across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Community Access – Portsmouth:
Frank Sorrell Centre
Prince Albert Road
Adult Day Services:
The You Trust is a charity working in Hampshire and Dorset who have been providing flexible care, support and advice services such as homelessness, learning disabilities, domestic violence and abuse, mental health as well as older persons advice services.
Website dedicated to providing information and advice on a range of support services and organisations within the County.