Come and join us at our monthly support meetings!

We have had a break over the winter period, but we are back this month.

The meeting will be held at Bolton Cares, Thicketford road centre on Wednesday the 27th @2pm.

Come and share expereinces, knowledge and support with other autistic indiviuals and family members in the Bolton area

The Autism Act 2009 states that all health and social care staff must be trained in autism… It doesn’t however specify to what level they must be trained.
The government and National Autistic Society want to hear you views and experiences on the content, who delivers the training and the level of training you think staff need to have.
Click here to get involved


This week an autistic adult was named the Greatest Person of the 20th century.

ALAN TURING was a code breaker during the second world war who through his amazing way of experiencing the world cracked the enigma code, ending the war years earlier than it would have done had his brilliant mind had not been working on the task.
Turing was the father of all computers…a piece of equipment we take for granted now in the 21st century…laptops, xbox’s, phones…any computer, big or small, Turing was the father of them all and his legacy lives on…..

Chris Packham, another inspirational autistic adult spoke of Turing at the ceremony saying

“A genius. A saviour. But he was also autistic and gay, and we betrayed him.”


“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” ― Alan Turing


Click here to watch Chris Packham’s incredibly moving speech about Turing. 
BBC Two – Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century, Series 1, Live Final, Chris Packham on Alan Turing



As most of our supporters and followers will know, 10yrs ago the Autism Act was created.

It was a set of government guidelines which aimed to support and protect autistic adults.

The Autism Act is now 10 years old and the National Autistic Society in collaboration with the All Party Parlimentary Group on Autism want to know your views on it!

Please, please complete the survey to get your views across about how the act has worked, or hasn’t worked for you, your family your workplace or any other situation which affects autistic adults.

#autism #autismact #autismact2019



Have a look at our full page advert  in January/Feburary’s Cascade magazine!

We are busy promoting our Befriending Plus service, so take a look

The advert explains all about what the service is and how it works!

Don’t forget if you have any questions, Rachel our Befriending Co-ordinator will happily speak to you over the phone or email!

Give her a call! Send her an email


January Monthly Meeting Cancelled.

Please can all members be aware that the meeting scheduled to take place in January has been cancelled.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th February.

Bolton GP Federation

Bolton GP Federation was established on the 8th December 2016.

The Federation was established as a way of Bolton GP Practices joining together to deliver primary care in a new way.

The Federation is a membership organisation with 44 of the 49 practices in Bolton as members.

The Federation runs the following services:

Extended Primary Care Service (EPC)

This is an extension of your GP Practices where you can book an appointment 7 days a week at evenings and weekends through your own GP Practices at one of our three hubs across Bolton:

  • Waters Meeting, 95 Waters Meeting Road, BL1 8TT
  • Winifred Kettle, Wash Acre Lane, Westhoughton, BL5 2NG
  • Deane Medical Centre, 155–157 Deane Road, BL3 5AH (this site will move to A&E in the near future).

 Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices

The Federation currently has 18 Clinical pharmacists working in practices across Bolton.

Wilfred Geere Discharge to Assess service

The Federation leads the Discharge to Assess service at Wilfred Geere which is a predominately dementia care home in Farnworth.

Patients are admitted to the beds via Bolton hospital.

These patients no longer need to be in hospital but require further assessment of their needs.

During their time in the Wilfred Geere the patients receive a full medical assessment, medication review, social work review and Physiotherapy assessment. Our aim is to optimise their health and social needs and we currently see around 50% of patients returning to their own homes along with support from Age UK Bolton.

Wilfred Geere Enhanced Respite Care service

The Federation established the Enhanced respite service alongside Bolton Council, Age UK Bolton and Bolton Foundation Trust in December 2017.

This service focuses on the needs of carers and their loved ones, recognising the specific circumstances and challenges for those caring for a person with dementia. Access to respite is a golden opportunity for a joined-up approach to support the health and wellbeing of both individuals and their carers/families.

The Enhanced respite service is dedicated to supporting each person admitted into the respite service to have a fulfilled and pleasurable stay, offering activities and entertainment.


The Federation is dedicated to partnership with local community voluntary services and engaging with the communities to enable people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

Forming close links with the Community Asset Navigators, who can help signpost to over 1,500 community and voluntary sectors groups across Bolton who can offer support, reduce isolation, increase physical activity and improve emotional health and wellbeing.

See below for more details:


Twitter:  @boltongpfed

Bolton Adult Autism Support is delighted to announce that Sir David Crausby MP has kindly consented to be the charity’s patron with immediate effect.

Graham Heywood, Chairman of BAAS said:

” To have Sir David Crausby as our Patron is a great privilege for our Charity. Sir David has long championed the rights of vulnerable people and has particularly shown a keen interest in families throughout Bolton who are  impacted by Autism.”

To find out more about Sir David click here.


One of the most exciting activities we provide for our members are the frequent monthly presentations on a range of topics of interest to our members. In 2017 we had two visits from Dr Pedro Vital, researcher and lecturer at Bolton University who gave a most interesting presentation on some of the latest research undertaken. Click here to access the presentation.

Bolton Adult Autism Support were delighted to attend a gathering of local charities at the Old Links Golf Course on May 10th when the charities were each presented with a cheque by Marjorie Hayward, President of Bolton Lever Rotary Club.

Graham Heywood, Chairman of BAAS told the gathering that he was delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of BAAS and said that the money would be spent on a much needed refurbishment of the charity’s pop-up banners.

In September 2016 our Charity changed its name in from Bolton Adult Asperger Support  to  Bolton Adult Autism Support, whilst retaining the BAAS logo.

This is in line with the growing trend of health professionals to recognize that Asperger Syndrome is but one condition amongst many on the Autism Spectrum and further, it reflects our outward looking and all-embracing vision for the improvement of the lives of adults/young adults and their families.

By joining us you can help our numbers grow – just give us a name and email so we can stay in touch.

Membership is free and the level of involvement as a member is your choice, you decide on how much, or how little involvement you want. You may simply wish to be kept informed through our updates, either way, your membership counts, so please become a member.

Use the form on the Contact Us page to send us an email.

Thank you.