We have some exciting things coming up at BAAS!

The first is National Volunteers week at the beginning of June! We really value our volunteers and we will be posting on our website and Facebook all about some of our volunteers!

Also, don’t miss Bolton’s very first Befriending Day in July! More details coming soon!


Did you hear us on the radio this week?

Our befriending coordinator, Rachel spoke with Kevan from Bolton FM on Monday

She spoke about autism, BAAS and our befriending service to raise awareness and acceptance on the very first day of autism awareness month!

(The link is no longer available to listen online, Bolton FM only keep it online for 7 days…sorry if you missed it!)


What have we been up to?
Well, yesterday Graham (our chairman of trustees) and Rachel (our Befriending service coordinator) spoke at the Bolton CVS Volunteer and Community Forum to a packed room full of people!
We spoke about who we are, what we do, and how the Befriending Service works
Lots of people were very interested in our organisation and many wanted to support us by taking leaflets away and spreading the word about our service!

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