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Youth Clubs & Adult Groups

There are a number of clubs in Cardiff and the Vale which cater for people with a wide range of special needs and disabilities. Many of these groups welcome people with autism.
Youth Clubs 

Aspie Roots Youth Club 
A group of young people on the autism spectrum have set up an asperger’s / HFA after school group with Cardiff Youth Service. The information about the group can be found on the attached flyer which the young people have designed. It is aimed at 14 – 18 year olds and will run once a week in the evenings on a Thursday from 5.30 - 7.30pm

Further details are on the flyer and we will confirm the places asap.
Email Anne Hodgson via  ahodgson@cardiff.gov.uk for further information

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Cathays and Central Youth and Community Project

Inclusive Youth Provision (IYP) provides youth clubs for children and young adults which cater specifically for those with learning disabilities and their peer group volunteers. Members have the chance to make new friends and get involved with a range of fun activities including games and music.

Friday 6.30 - 8.30pm: Inclusive youth provision for 13 - 18 year-olds with learning and other disabilities. Supported by young volunteers.

Teenscheme and Young Adults Provision (School Holidays)

During school holidays they run Teenscheme for ages 11 to 17 at Cathays Community Centre, and Young Adults Provision (YAP) for ages 18 to 25 at Howardian Youth Centre.

Website  https://www.cathays.org.uk/youth-clubs-cardiff/inclusive-youth-provision/

Contact details:  Debbie Davies (029) 2037 3144  

Email iyp@cathays.org.uk



Cardiff University Widening Access Scheme 


Tailored to meet the needs of pupils with ASD aged between 14 to 19-years, the Discovery Project will use current university students as mentors to help raise their aspirations, overcome their anxieties and improve the skills they need for university life. This will be achieved through a combination of workshops, academic taster sessions and social events held fortnightly.


For further information email Scott McKenzie, Widening Access Officer at Cardiff 

Email : MckenzieSD1@cardiff.ac.uk



Adult Social Groups 

NAS Cymru 

They run a monthly social group for adults with high functioning autism (HFA)/Asperger syndrome

Plus there has been a pilot of a Ladies social group for females with high functioning autism (HFA)/Asperger syndrome over 16 years old.

Meetings are held at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay.


For more information contact 

Sarah Knowles, Manager, Unit B4, Cook Court, Pacific Road, Cardiff CF24 5HJ,

Telephone: 02920496764

Email: sarah.knowles@nas.org.uk

Website : http://www.autism.org.uk/socialgroups


Adult Autism Advice Team

There is a monthly discussion /forum group facilitated by the Adult Autism Advice Team on a Monthly basis at the Motorpoint arena.and in Barry at the YMCA Hub .

You can contact  by 

Telephone : 01446 731105

Email: adultautismadvice@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

They are also on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Adult-Autism-Advice-323029077724999/?fref=ts




Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru 

This is a Welsh service providing charity for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions. They are part of the Autism Initiatives group of charities.


The Autism One Stop Shop (OSS) is a safe place for adults with an autism spectrum condition to access a wide range of advice and support.  It is also a place where they can take part in various social activities.

Website : http://www.autisminitiatives.org/where-we-are/ascc/    

Email :  info@asc-cymru.org

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/OSSCymru/?fref=ts


Cardiff People First

This group is only for those with additional learning disabilities. It is run by people with a learning disability. They stand up for rights and campaign to change attitudes, get better services and enjoy more opportunities.

Members of Cardiff People First run groups where they can get together and talk about the things that are important to them and tell people who make decisions about them what people with a learning disability want and need. They also arrange social events.

Young Rights is youths aged 14 - 18
Young People First is for age 18 to 25.

Please contact for up to date information as to when groups are held: 029 2023 1555 / Email: cardiffpeople1st@btconnect.com

Website: www.cardiffpeoplefirst.org.uk


Innovate Trust

Innovate Trust is a Cardiff based charity which provides support to disabled people. Venture Out Cardiff aims to improve the health of disabled people by encouraging them to enjoy more exercise.

There are a range of activities, including cycling, walking and watersports.

Manager: Jonathon Lee

Tel: 029 2038 2151

email: info@innovate-trust.org.uk

Website : https://www.innovate-trust.org.uk/our-work

Facebook has a list of events : https://www.facebook.com/InnovateTrustOrg/events?key=events

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