Cambridgeshire

Resources for children and young adults on the autistic spectrum

The following information is for services in Cambridgeshire, UK. The National Autistic Society has a Cambridge branch (CNAS) that provides support to individuals of all ages with autism, and their families and carers, and campaigns for better local services for those living with autism in Cambridgeshire. You can check their website or facebook group for more information.

For information about emotional wellbeing and mental health for children, young people, parents and professionals, please see Keep your head, a website set up by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils and NHS. For adults please see the CPSL Mind website.

If you are in need of urgent medical care or are in a mental health crisis, please see the CPFT NHS Help in a crisis website.

We're not affiliated with the groups mentioned below but we hope to share information on some of their services so that they may be more easily accessible. Please check the organiser links provided for the latest news and dates and contact information for events.

Additional listings:

For more support groups, please visit the Autism Anglia website.
For parent groups, please visit the the Pinpoint website.

(Last updated 14th July 2017)

 

Education

Cambridge Offer provides information about how children and young people, 0-25, who have special educational needs and /or disabilities, are supported in their area. Local Offer website

When

8.30am- 2.50pm
Monday to Friday

Where

Comberton Village College
West Street
Toft
CB23 7DU

Organiser

Comberton Village College

For ages 11-16. The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centres, known as Cabins, are designed to provide extra support to young people who have high functioning Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and whose statement of special educational needs/ health and care plan (EHC plan) identifies the need for significant additional support to access educational provision.

When

8.45am- 3.10pm
Monday to Friday

Where

Ernulf Academy
Barford Road
Eynesbury
PE192SH

Organiser

Ernulf Academy

For ages 11-16. The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centres, known as Cabins, are designed to provide extra support to young people who have high functioning Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and whose statement of special educational needs/ health and care plan (EHC plan) identifies the need for significant additional support to access educational provision.

When

8.30am- 3pm
Monday to Friday

Where

Witchford Village College
Manor road
Witchford
CB6 2A

Organiser

Witchford Village College

For ages 13-16. The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centres, known as Cabins, are designed to provide extra support to young people who have high functioning Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and whose statement of special educational needs/ health and care plan (EHC plan) identifies the need for significant additional support to access educational provision.

Where

Manor Farm Road
Girton
CB3 0RX

A specialist school for students aged 5-19 years, weekly boarders or day students. Every student has a diagnosis of autims or Asperger's syndrome.

Social and activity Groups
When

Biweekly on Saturdays

Where

Castle School
Courtney Way
CB4 2EE

Organiser

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire

For children aged 5-11, with autistic spectrum disorders who do not need to access specialist services. This group offers a safe and fun environment in which to build on their social development. Activities include arts and crafts, team building games, outdoor play, shopping and cooking.

When

Monday to Thursdays
36 weeks a year
(term times)
Friday sessions for people who will benefit from a small group.

Where

Swaffham Bulbeck

A life skills programme for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions to help them to cope in everyday situations including social communication, relationships and flexibility. Their programme can help to reduce isolation, anxiety and depression.

Organiser

Romsey Mill

Supports young people (9-18 year olds) in Cambridge who have been diagnosed with high-functioning autistic spectrum conditions and who are in mainstream education. Weekly youth clubs create a social space for members to meet and interact with each other.

When

Saturdays
Twice a month

Organiser

Eddie's

A befriending scheme for young people (15-25 years old) with learning disabilities which provides friendship and support to participate in activities or hobbies of their choice at home or out in the community.

When

7pm-9pm every Tuesday
during term time

Where

Bargroves Centre
Cromwell Road
St Neots

Organiser

Switch Now

For young adults (16-30) offering various activities that aim to involve people with additional needs at all levels (sports and leisure, community engagement, volunteering, arts, technologies, socials, environmental projects, life skills). A brief assessment of support, care and ability will be required before a confirmation of a place can be made. If personal care or high dependency is required we do not have the capacity to support however, individuals are welcome to bring own support.

when

7.30-9.30pm
2nd & 4th Sundays of every month

Where

Christ the Redeemer Church
Newmarket Road
CB5 8RS

Organiser

NAS Cambridge

Meet and socialize with other people (18+) on the autistic spectrum who may have shared interests with you. No upper age limit, all adults are welcome, carers are also welcome if you'd like someone with you.

Access to main hall and smaller rooms, kitchen (to make refreshments), computers, games consoles, pool table, air hockey, fuzz ball , table tennis, art activities, as well as sofas so you can just sit back and chill.

Support and advice
When

2pm - 4pm
Saturdays

Where

Larkfields Resource Centre
High Barns
Ely
CB7 4SB

Organiser

Little Miracles Charity

Parent led support group and registered charity for families with children with autism (ages 0-25), additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions, their carers and siblings. They work across Cambridge and suffolk including, Ely, Cambridge, new market and surrounding villages. Their family sessions are held every saturday at Ely community center
When

7 days a week
6pm - 1am

Organiser

Mind in partnership
with local organisations

Providing person-centred support to individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis. Offering practical and emotional support in a warm, welcoming and friendly enviroment. Operating in Cambridge and Peterborough.

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the First Response Service (FRS) on NHS111 option 2. For further information, please contact Hannah Turner, Sanctuary Manager via hannah.turner@mindincambs.org.uk

Website (currently being rebuilt at time of posting)

When

9.30am-11.30am
Every Monday during term time

Where

March

March Autistic Group meets every Monday during term time for all ages. Please contact Kerry Crouch  on 01354 652984 for more information.

When

9-11am
Fortnightly on Monday
during term time

Where

The Daisy Children's Centre
Varrier Jones Drive
Papworth Everard
CB23 3XQ

Additional Needs Support Group, no diagnosis needed, all types of disability and additional needs. All ages, Siblings welcome. Come along for a friendly chat with other mums with similar experiences.

When

12-2pm

Where

Maple Centre
6 Oak Drive
Huntingdon
PE29 7HN

Organiser

NAS Cambridge

Monthly drop-in sessions for adults with autism and their families and carers providing information and advice as well as a space for people to meet, socialise and exchange ideas. An NAS Adult Support Manager will be at the present to give support and guidance.

When

12-2pm Wednesdays

Where

Garden Room
Chitra Sethia Autism Centre
Cambridge Road
Fulbourne
CB21 5EF

Organiser

NAS Cambridge
VoiceAbility Speak Up Spectrum

For 16+ and living in the Cambridge area. Monthly drop-in meetings for adults on autistic spectrum providing opportunities for people on the spectrum to meet with an Autism Support Manager, participate in discussions led by VoiceAbility Speak Up Spectrum on topics important to the wider autistic community and to meet up with like minded people.

People on the autistic spectrum are encouraged to come along, simply drop in for a tea or coffee, you're also welcome to join in the discussion or to talk to Joseph (the Autism Support Manager).

Where

Across Cambridgeshire including; Huntingdon, St Neots, Ely, March & Cambridge

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre
Cambridge Road
Fulbourn
CB21 5EF

Organisers

Cambridgeshire County Council
NAS Cambridge

Provide support and information, help accessing work, leisure, vocational, volunteering opportunities. Work with people, organisations and employers to maximise individual support. Raise awareness amongst health and care professionals and generic community services to encourage better understanding and break down barriers encountered by people who have autism.

They can communicate with you using your preferred communication method, i.e. telephone or email or meet in person across Cambridgeshire

Job support
When

Huntingdon Library:
2-4pm Wednesdays

St Neots Library:
2-4pm Thursdays

Organiser

NAS Cambridge

For 16-28 (SEND 25yrs). Unemployed, worried about unemployment or in need of help. Drop in sessions, no appointment needed. Offering help with job/apprenticeship search, applications and CVs, interview skills, career planning and guidance.

Organiser

NAS

A digital workbook to help autistic adults with job searching and work preparation. Developed by employment experts at The National Autistic Society, it will support you through the job finding process with information and activities at each stage.

When

Bimonthly

A Cambridgeshire partnership that works alongside people who are disadvantaged within society, and particularly within the labour market, because of learning and physical disabilities, sensory impairment, or poor mental health / mental illness.

The STEnG partners are organisations that also have a social purpose i.e. providing supported work experience, accredited training and increased opportunities for lifelong learning experiences.

Clinical services
Where

Brookside Family Consultation Clinic
18 Trumpington Road
CB2 8AH

Organiser

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)

Offering a range of services to 5-19 year olds and their families and professionals involved with them through consultation, assessment, diagnosis, interventions, monitoring, review and training including clinic appointments, home visits, psycho-education groups, educational liaison, other child and parent training.

Where

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre

Organiser

Autism Research Centre (ARC)

A clinical service for adults with Asperger Syndrome for adults (18+) who are seeking a diagnosis of AS because they were born before this diagnosis was recognized, or because their difficulties were overlooked as diagnosed AS in their childhood and adolescence. The CLASS clinic primarily offers a diagnostic opinion. There is no charge for assessments but a GP/health professional referral is required.

When

8.45am-5.20pm Monday to Thursday
8.45am-4.25pm Friday
All year

Organiser

Cambridgeshire Adult Social Care

For young people (18+) with ASD who maybe considered vulnerable in their communities, but do not have another diagnosis. Team will support young adult until a time suitable to them as an individual when they will transfer to a long term Physical Disability Care Manager or remain with the AAT. This is likely to be (but not automatically) at the end of formal education.