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Our History

In 2013 Bolton Council invited families impacted by autism to a parent/carers meeting in response to a growing awareness of autism and the requirement placed upon Councils to engage with autistic families to help plan for their range of needs. After a period of 10 months, the Council was unable to provide the support required to ensure the group’s future, and from discussions with members of the group, the group became self-supporting under the name of Bolton Adult Asperger Support. There followed a period of rapid activity with the development of a constitution and governing body. Soon after its constitution was agreed upon, the organisation began the process of applying for charitable status with the very valuable help of Bolton CVS. In June 2015 charitable status was granted.

In July 2015 BAAS organised a hugely successful autism seminar to raise awareness of autism that attracted 175 delegates comprised of parents and carers from families impacted by autism, professionals, and a host of other voluntary organisations. There were 6 workshops, a marketplace with 25 participating organisations, 2 local speakers, and nationally /internationally renowned autism experts.

BAAS members regularly participate in activities designed to promote BAAS and all it does to help improve the lives of Bolton’s autism community.

BAAS has developed partnerships with Bolton Cares (an arms-length organisation/offshoot of the Council) and Bolton University that seconds DWP and many other organisations.

In 2017 BAAS changed its name from Bolton Adult Asperger Support to Bolton Adult Autism Support in recognition of the increasing usage of the more empirical reference to Autism Spectrum Conditions.

In June 2020 BAAS received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, in recognition of the work we carry out in the Bolton area to enrich the lives of autistic adults and their parent carers.

Our journey continues and we’d love you to be part of it!

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