Local Groups

Rainbow Stars

A Sleaford based group:  for Parents/Guardians and Siblings with Children who have Autism and additional Needs in Lincolnshire.      Click icon for their website.      They have a hub in Sleaford which is open daily – look at the bottom of their web pages.       They put on events for all ages.      new

They have a closed Facebook page, which means you need to click Join group to see the posts.       A good forum for autism mums to make new contacts.       Please be aware that once you have joined you need to be logged in to Facebook to see the posts.

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There are a number of support groups specifically for the autistic spectrum in the towns around Grantham.

LAAFS

Louth Area Autism Support Group was formed by parents.        They offer help, information, care and support to parents and carers of children and young people who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.       Meetings are held all year round on the 4th Saturday of every month from 2 – 4pm at Trinity Centre, Eastfield Road, Louth, LN11 8DJ.      Click icon for their Facebook page.

Sharing Minds

Sharing Minds BostonSharing Minds is a support group for  parents and carers of children with special/additional needs.      They run drop-in meetings on the last Wednesday of the month in term time at Sunset House, Boston, PE22 8QS.      The people that run it have experience of coping with children on the autistic spectrum.       Click icon then scroll down for more information.

Peterborough

  • Asperger Autism Support Group runs drop in sessions at Whittlesey Youth Centre, near Peterborough.        Click icon for details.       See also map.
  • Autism Peterborough run one off support group meetings and conferences in Peterborough.       See:  Twitter       map.        Click icon for their Facebook page, where you might find more events.

Skegness

  • Sharing Minds also have family disabled Swimming sessions every Sunday,
    at a new time and venue:   2- 3pm, at the South Park centre, Skegness, The pool is dedicated to the group for these sessions, so it is not crowded and families are among friends.       Parents are expected to accompany their children in the pool.      Click picture for poster.      See also map.
  • There is also an outdoor Exercise group for parents & carers of disabled children every Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30am at Wainfleet Road Pavilion, Skegness PE25 2EL.

Rainbow Flyers Youth ClubRainbow Flyers Youth Club

This is a special needs club at Ruskington Youth Centre, NG34 9DY, on Sundays 3-5pm.      Ruskington is a village near Sleaford.      For an introduction see About and for more information click graphic.

There is no need to join Rainbow Stars to attend.       Parents can simply turn up with their children.      There are both electronic and physical games for the young people and coffee and conversation for parents – who are asked to stay with their children.       Click Facebook icon for their news or tap mobile icon.       They would love to see some new faces.

PAACT

A Lincoln based support group for parents or carers of children and young people on the autistic spectrum.        Click icon for website.       Email: paactsupport@hotmail.co.uk

  • Evening meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm
  • Daytime meetings at 10am on the third Thursday of the month during term time.
  • Facbook small iconA monthly games club for members over the age of 8.
  • They have a closed Facebook page, which means you have to make join the group to view it.       Look for Join group button on right side of page header.

Facbook small iconNewark & SherwoodNewark group

Click icon to see Newark & Sherwood autism support group’s Facebook page.
For up coming events click the picture on the right.
If there are not many events it might be worth having a look at past events.

Gainsborough group

Gainsborough Autism Parent Support Group – GAPS.       See:  map

Market Harborough groupLittle explorers

This group is about 30 miles from Grantham, in Leicestershire, based in a family home.       It is an
activity club that started out as an Autism friendly home based club but broadened out to serve a wider range of children.      They have a fine website and a Facebook presence.
See also:  Mumsnet        map.

Hull & East Riding group

The National Autistic Society has a branch based in Hull.      It offers support to families.      Click icon for their website.      See also meetings.

Alternatively, Matthew’s Hub is for people aged 16+ with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism.       It is also based in Hull.      Click icon for his website.