An important part of what we do, is to provide advice and support to the families and carers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Lincolnshire, there are many other groups who do fantastic work helping families as well and we work with them whenever we can.
We work in partnership with a range of support groups who help people with autism and their parents and carers in lots of different ways. Some of the main ones are listed below, but there are lots more who are maybe smaller and more local. For information about these contact Lincs2Advice who might be able to help.
Local Support Groups
PAACT (Parents and Autistic Children Together)
PAACT is a Lincoln-based support group for families with children and young people who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition. We are a friendly, informal, non-judgemental group. We aim to help family and friends to access advice, support and activities in the local area.
What we offer parents
- Twice monthly support meetings
- Facebook for you to seek advice
- Regular newsletters to keep you informed
- Library of books and materials for our members to borrow
- Talks by professionals and organisations
- Games Club 2nd Saturday of the month
- Weekly Youth Club for 11-25 year olds during term time only.
- Annual family membership £7.50. Events £3.00 per child.
We do not have a website as we are all busy parents with children all on the Autistic Spectrum and we were unable to keep the website up to date.
For more information, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of PAACT – Gordon Forsyth
Secretary – Charlotte Owen
CANadda is a Community Adult Network support group for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
We are a friendly neurodiversity support group, based in Lincoln, for people on the autistic spectrum. Newcomers are warmly welcomed and membership is free.
Our services include:
- Raising awareness of the different neuro conditions
- Provide training and support for professionals
- Social events
- Information to help with employment and further education
- A lending library of books and information
- Neurodiversity ID Alert Card/Wristband scheme
- Provision of Personal Safety Alarms
- Open door service
Support group for parents of children with additional, special and complex needs including learning difficulties. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month, term time only – 10.30am – 12.30pm. Occasional guest speakers or meet for support.
Contact Emma: 01754 820821 for address details.
Sunset House, Main Road, Friskney, Boston, PE22 8QS
Contact: Emma Slack
LAAFS is a support group dedicated to offering help, information, care and support to parents and carers of children and young people who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Formed by parents, LAAFS also welcomes professional contributions and pre-diagnosed families
Tel: 01476 855070
Address: Belton Lane Children & Community Centre, Off Princess Drive, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 9PP
Grantham Autistic Information Network (GAIN) supports families with children on the autistic spectrum in Grantham and beyond.
Family Services Directory and SEND Local Offer website
The Family Services Directory (FSD) is a site for all families and contains a wide range of information including childcare, local and national support groups, schools, Children’s Centres, activities and Children’s Services teams. The Local Offer for families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 sits on the FSD site and includes additional information for young people and families about the services available in Lincolnshire.
The Family Services Directory is on-line at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/fsd and although the SEND Local Offer is on this site, users can navigate directly to the Local Offer area via www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer
Moving On and Preparing for adulthood guide for parents
Leaving full time education can be worrying for most young people, but for young people who have special educational needs and or disabilities it can be a very difficult time. Parents and carers can also find this to be a difficult time. There are many uncertainties about where to go for support and information in order to make informed decisions to help secure a bright and happy future.