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Support Groups 

Our NAS Cardiff and Vale Branch meetings are one of the best ways to meet other people whose lives are touched by autism. We arrange a number of coffee mornings, workshops,social events and keynote speaker events .Details of the these events are listed on our calendar on the home page of the site. Our meetings are held in Cardiff , Llandough and Barry .

The Branch run their family activities in association with Thrive Cardiff . We run several joint fundraising and social evenings with Thrive.

There are also a number of other support organisations in the region that Branch members attend or help run. Listed below are some of the most popular:


Thrive Cardiff is a lively active support group for families that include a child with special needs. The group is organised and managed by parent volunteers. The families include children with a range of disabilities, including autism.  It offers parents/carers the opportunity to meet on a social basis, with other families who understand the challenges of having a child with special needs.Since the Branch started in 2005 we have always worked with Thrive and some of our events are run jointly .

The group meets regularly on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and has a very active programme during all the school holidays including various outings.  A range of leisure facilities within Cardiff are booked solely for the group.

There are 3 main “groups” within thrive:
1. Thrive Kids
2. Thrive Plus (over 11′s) & in High School
3. Thrive Parents
Regular term time sessions are:
  • Sun 9-11am    The zone…Penarth Road (alt weeks)
  • Fri 6-7.30pm   Ants inya Pants…Newport Road Cardiff
There are no restrictions on age or disability – Siblings are welcome.

Telephone : (029) 2033 9895

Ysgol Y Deri (Formerly Ashgrove School )  parent support group

 Ysgol y Deri have established a Support Group for families and carers of children and young people with disabilities ,including Autism .

Most meetings are held on the 1st or 2nd Monday of the month.

Meetings are from 11:00 till 1:00 and are held at  Ysgol y Deri .

Other Charities/Organisations 

Afasic Cymru 

Afasic is the UK charity established in 1968 as a parent led organisation representing children and young people with specific language impairment (SLI) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) by raising awareness of this often hidden disability thus working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Afasic Cymru is not a service provider .They provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications.

Website :


Cerebra provides support & information to parents of children (up to and including the age 16) with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders - ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy, Learning Difficulties, Dyspraxia, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy etc.

They provide advice on welfare benefits, education, diagnosis, getting help from social services and general information on neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders

Phone: Helpline: 0800 3281 159

Parents Federation

Cardiff and the Vale Parents' Federation is a charity run by parents and carers of children and adults with learning disabilities who live in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. 

The organisation is funded from a variety of sources including Local Authorities and other grant giving bodies

They also  publish a comprehensive printed guide to services called Where You Stand 

Website :

SNAP Cymru – Special Needs Advisory Project

SNAP Cymru works with families and professionals in schools, education, health and social care to help ensure that children and young people's needs are identified and assessed and that provision is made to help them reach their potential and be fully included.

Tel: 029 2038 4868


Touch Trust 

Touch Trust is a registered charity based in Cardiff, based at the Wales Millennium Centre. They provide unique creative movement programmes for individuals with learning disabilities, those affected by autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), complex needs, behaviour which challenges, and other vulnerable groups in the community.

Telephone : 029 20 635 660

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