Support For Families

We are a family social/support group for adults and their parents/carers who have or think they may have an autistic spectrum condition, and who have or think they may have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

Our Mission

Our aim is to support the families of these adults/young adults and the wider community by providing an effective and reliable information service through drop-in sessions, workshops, a companion for PIP appointments, job interviews, and more, to promote social understanding, and emotional and physical well-being. We listen to, and respect the adults’/young adults’ views and opinions, and actively involve them in any decisions that may affect them. We work to the best of our abilities with the adults/young adults, and their families, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, or cultural beliefs.

Our Aims

  • to gather and share information about Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) within the Bolton area
  • to provide support to both those with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and their carers, whether diagnosed or not
  • to liaise with and establish partnership arrangements with other organisations
  • to help break down all barriers faced by those with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) that prevent them from enjoying a healthy, meaningful, and dignified life

Befriending Service

BAAS Befriending Plus aims to put the befriended at the centre of the service. We spend time getting to know the befriended, 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! This is why we have a dedicated Befriending Co-ordinator who will support both the volunteer befriender and befriended closely during every step of the process.

If you or someone you know is interested in any aspect of the service (volunteer befriender or befriended) then contact Vicky our Befriending Plus Service Coordinator:-

Tel: 07775 645 580

Social Evenings

Or, if you want to just socialise with other autistic adults why not come along to one of our 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.

Check out our Gallery to find out more!

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


If you need support please use the form below to Contact us: