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Local Autism Support

There are many organisations/groups in Southampton/Hampshire that can offer support and advice to families with children, young people and adults with Autism.  Please find information about these organisations/groups in the drop down menu - 

Southampton, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight have funded a free online directory.  It is called The Local Autism Directory (LAD) and its aim is to be a combined approach to deliver support and information to people and families affected by autism.

What is the LAD?

The LAD is a direct response to requests for information from Southampton, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight Local Authorities, to be accessible all in one place.  The LAD contains information and services for children, young people and adults with autism, as well as information for their families and professionals.

What information does it provide?

The LAD provides information about the following:

  • Support groups
  • Activities
  • Schools
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Local news
  • Legal support
  • Finances
  • Diagnosis
  • And much more.

There are also clear, simply written research articles from the Portsmouth University Autism Research Network.  These articles contain helpful information and help people to stay up to date with new approaches.

Southampton Parent Carer Forum

Southampton Parent Carer Forum 

Southampton Parent Carer Forum is for you: the parent carer of a child with an additional or special need and or disability, to voice your opinion on what you would like for your child.

  • SotonPCF will help you to find the service or support you need.
  • SotonPCF is run by parents for parents. We know how frustrating all of this can be!
  • We are part of the voluntary sector and supported by the Local authority and the Department of Education, so have a valid voice, and one that is listened to.
  • Will keep you up to date with SEND information, and how we can change things for the better!

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National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society

All our work is guided by our vision, mission and values, which have been developed alongside autistic people and family members.

Our vision

A society that works for autistic people.

Our mission

To transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers.

To change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and helping businesses, local authorities and government to provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Our values

We learn from real experience. We’ve spent over 50 years working together with people on the autism spectrum. No one has more practical knowledge of autism. But we move with the times and we understand that there’s always more to learn.

We tell it like it is. We share what we have learned about autism, so that more people can make informed decisions and lead the best lives possible.

We inspire. We celebrate progress, open up new possibilities, spur people into action and motivate change. 

We are courageous. We won’t accept ignorance or inequality, and we’ll never stop pushing for more understanding, greater support and a better world for people on the autism spectrum.

Link to website below -

Autism Hampshire

Autism Hampshire

Autism Hampshire was founded by the late Mr and Mrs Philip White MBE and a group of local parents of children with autism in Southampton in the late 1960s. 

Over the years, the charity has developed and delivers high quality services that meet the diverse needs of people on the autism spectrum in Hampshire and the surrounding area. We provide autism-focused Training, Domiciliary Care, Supported Living services, Mentoring and an Information, Advice and Guidance Team that responds to an average of 12,000 requests for help each year.

It is our VISION to create a better future for people on the autism spectrum.

It is our MISSION to create opportunities, challenge perceptions, enhance choices and provide high quality services to meet the diverse needs of people on the autism spectrum.

Through our understanding of autism and the impact it has on the individual, we work with people to help them develop skills and strategies to gain greater control over their lives.

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Re:minds (Parent led group)


A parent-led organisation supporting families whose children have Autism/ADHD and/or mental health needs. 

This group is the primary link between Southampton Specialist CAMHS, The Autism Assessment Service and families.  They offer advice clinics with CAMHS clinicians on autism, ADHD and mental health issues.  They have face to face support groups, professional speakers and link with Adult Mental Health and Crisis Care Services for advice clinics and other information.  As well as offering 1:1 support and advocacy they represent families views across the city.  Re:Minds also have a sensory and book library families can borrow from and they run Re:Minds ReCharge a wellbeing and resilience course for families.  

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Southampton

The role of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) West is to provide a comprehensive specialist mental health service to children and young people aged 5-18 years and who are registered with a Southampton City GP. We are here to help children and young people who are struggling with their emotional and mental health including eating disorders and whose difficulties are having a significant impact on their ability to participate in daily activities or keep themselves safe. For further information please visit the Healthier Together Website

Our team is available 9-5 Monday to Friday. If your call to us isn’t urgent then you are able to leave a message which will be picked up the next working day.  If you are calling outside of these hours and needing urgent mental health support then please call 111 or visit NHS 111  to speak to the Mental Health Triage Service. They are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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Ambitious about Autism online platform for autistic young people

Ambitious about Autism has launched the UK’s first online platform for autistic young people 

This network is a space for autistic young people, between the ages of 16-25 to meet other autistic young people, take on new paid opportunities, and join one of our group panels. The network is a fun and friendly space for autistic young people to be themselves.

Click here to visit this website and access the online support platform 

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