We have recently set up a new free service providing support to autistic adults; with the aim of reducing anxiety and increasing independence

  • Maybe you have an autistic family member who wants to get out more, spend time with people outside of the family and do the things they really want to do.
  • Or maybe you want to be part of a meaningful friendship; connecting with someone who really believes in you and wants to support you in achieving your goals.
  • Or maybe you are someone who has experince in autism or caring and you want to volunteer as a befriender with us.

We are looking for you! 


BAAS Befriending Plus aims to put the befriendee in the centre of the service. We spend time getting to know the befriendee, find out their likes and dislikes, where they want to go, what they want to be…and then we match you with a trained and DBS checked volunteer and hopefully, a friendship will be created!

It sounds easy, and we know it isn’t always just as easy as that! Which is why we have a dedicated Befriending Co-ordinator who will support both the volunteer befriender and befriendee closely during every step of the process.

If you or someone you know is interested in any aspect of the service (volunteer befriender or befriendee) then get in contact!

We have initial interest forms below, simply fill one out and email it through!

Or alternatively, you can call our Befriending Co-ordinator, Rachel on 07444152445

I want a befriender (Initial Interest Form)

I want to be a Volunteer befriender (Interest Form)


Or if you want to just socialise with other autistic adults why not come along to our Social and Life-skills evenings!

As part of the BAAS Befriending Plus service, we offer free Social and Life-skills evenings.

These are run once a month from the autism centre at Thicketford, every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7 pm until 9 pm.

Autistic individuals over 18 years old and their parents/carers are welcome. You can stay as long as you like, whether it be ten minutes or more, up to the full two hours. You are also free to come and go whenever you please.

Parents and carers will have an opportunity to ‘break off’ into another room if they feel a parents/carers drop-in chat is needed. A quiet, dark room is also provided for those who need it.


It’s important for us to tell you there will be no pressure to ‘join in’ everything is very calm and everyone is welcome to join at their own pace.


Here are some of the things we get up to at our monthly group:


Parents and carers welcome, check out our blog for more information!