Below you will find services that offer socialising opportunities as well as online or in-person activities. For a list of support groups in your area, please see our support group page.

If you are looking for love, we have a list of safe autistic dating sites here.


National

Autism Friendly Environments – List of cinemas, theatres, museums, and shops that have been adjusted to meet the needs of the Autistic community.


KidsOut 

Kids Out provides disadvantaged children across the UK with exciting memories to cherish.

Click here to visit website.


Contact

Parent carer forums are groups run by parents and carers of disabled children from a local area in England. Their aim is to make sure that services in their area meet the needs of disabled children and their families.

Click here to visit website.


Autistic Empathy 

Dating and/or friendship app for 18+ individuals who identify as having Asperger’s syndrome/Autism and who are seeking the companionship of like-minded individuals who can provide the empathic understanding they are seeking and which they deserve. It promises to be a safe space to develop your social/intimate networks and will be a game changer for people with autism/Asperger’s syndrome everywhere.

Click here to find out more.


Famallama

A Minecraft Server for the neurodiverse. It is a safe online space, including a Minecraft server, discord chat server and a website with forums, all protected and whitelisted so only those that apply can have access and is completely free of charge. They have plug-ins to make the game easier to cope with and is moderated by adults and young Autistic adults.

Click here to visit website.


Lego Let’s Build Together 

Have entertainment and learning content for families at home, including daily build challenges and fun LEGO lessons.

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Poki

A brilliant online game site! 1000’s of games, word games, chess, pool, etc. Just type in the search what you’d like and there are tons of things on there!

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Videos 125 

Produce and sell DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and downloadable videos about trains and railways.

Click here to visit website.


Essex

Essex Local Offer 

Information about services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND in Essex.

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InterAct

Interact offers support and activity opportunities in Essex. You can visit their website to view upcoming events and find more information on short breaks, overnight stays, and more.

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MAZE Group 

The MAZE Group run free monthly drop-in sessions, a specialist weekly programme and additional workshops to guide, advise and support families of children with additional needs. They run special educational needs & disability (SEND) parenting groups with regular coffee mornings around Essex, in Colchester, Clacton & Harwich.

Click here to visit website.


Families in Focus (Essex) 

Support through group activities – Saturday Activity Club for all the family, Braintree Drop-in, workshops, social and training events.

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MyOTAS - My Own Time and Space 

Their goal is to improve the lives of Neurodiverse and socially anxious children and young people by: Providing inclusive activities for children and young people, Supporting families and Increasing awareness in the community

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Essex Youth Services

Provide a variety of Youth Services including activities, youth groups, community groups, a performing group and adventure opportunities.

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Signals Autism Friendly Workshops 

Free holiday workshops for children and young people with Asperger’s and high functioning Autism aged 9-18. Taster sessions for tech, gaming, animation and film.

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Colchester Gateway Clubs

An independent local charity, providing social clubs and activities for adults with learning disabilities where they can enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.

Click here to visit Facebook page.


Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle are offering Autism and Dementia-friendly visiting times on the first Sunday of every month. Calm At The Castle sessions are intended to provide a more relaxed experience of the museum, with the addition of a sensory space where people can take a break. Their website contains a filmed walk through of the castle and useful information to familiarise yourself with their facilities before arrival.

Click here to visit website.


Go Bananas

Go Banana is a play centre in Colchester, they offer Autism-friendly sessions.

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Bright Lives Social Enterprise 

Provides life skills and personal development for those with learning disabilities, based in Colchester.

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Wellies On 

Therapeutic farming for those with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. Services for all ages and needs based at their farm in Colchester.

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Geek Retreat

Geek culture venue specialising in comics, trading card games, board games, video games, toys, American candy, milkshakes and all things geek. They hold regular gaming and events in Chelmsford, including weekly and monthly Infinity Club and Infinity Club+: both of which are catered specifically towards people with autism. 

Click here to visit Facebook page or here for their website.


Send The Right Message

Offer online support, support groups, resources, and offer benefits support & school SEND support in Southend.

Click here to visit website.


Pact for Autism 

Harlow based Charity providing support for the families of autistic children, autistic adults and people with similar conditions. Key services include Support /Information Line, monthly meetings for parent, carer and professional support, and a variety of activities, detailed on our events calendar, including our popular autism talks and training series.

Click here to visit website.


Accuro

Accuro offers a range of activities for those with disabilities across West Essex, as well as SEND Parent and Toddler Group, ‘Stay and Play’ drop in sessions.

Click here to visit website.


Suffolk

Suffolk Info Link 

Information about services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND in Suffolk.

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Avenues Group

Community Support Services operate mainly in the Ipswich, Stowmarket and Bury areas and offer the following activities: one-to-one outreach services, indoor and outdoor group activities, and supported activity holidays.

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Activities Unlimited 

Activities Unlimited provide short breaks and leisure activities to disabled children aged 0-25 in Suffolk.

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Seesaw Child Services 

Activities and respite care for children with learning disabilities including day time and overnight breaks.

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Access

Promotes social inclusion for those within the community. They are opening a new service called BEANS that helps neurodiverse children and young people in Suffolk to access activities and support.

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Fairview Farm 

Fairview Farm is a day provision for young people aged 16 – 30 who have disabilities or difficulties.

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The Befriending Scheme 

Provide friendship and learning opportunities for vulnerable people (16 and over years old) including those with disabilities, mental health needs, older people, and other isolated groups. Also, provide volunteering opportunities with extra support. 

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WeCan Adult Services 

They provide a range of diverse and engaging activities suitable for adults and young adults with additional needs.

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Green Light Trust 

Step by Step is their day service for adults with additional needs. This is a long-term program where participants can come and spend the day, looking after chickens, gardening, growing fruit and veg, woodwork and many other activities. The trust occasionally offers short, funded courses running in their woods for adults with additional needs. These courses offer participants a chance to learn how to light fires, learn to use basic woodworking tools and some basic woodland management skills. The groups are smaller which allow for more one to one time. This service also runs Air courses which are programmes held over zoom for participants who struggle to get out to the woods for various reasons.  Course participants are invited to join online group sessions, one day a week.

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Norfolk

Norfolk SEND Local Offer 

Information about services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND in Norfolk.

Click here to visit website.


Cambridgeshire

Safe Soulmate 

Help 18+ adults to meet new people, socialise, create friendships and/or love in a safe way.

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London & West Midlands

Resources for Autism 

Offer parent and sibling support groups, holiday play schemes and play and youth clubs.

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Sussex

Grace Eyre 

Helps adults with learning disabilities maximise independence and life skills through a wide range of activities in Brighton, Hove and beyond. Grace Eyre supports individual service users through service user-led forums, social events, projects and activities.

Click here to visit website.