We're very proud of our 115 volunteer-led branches and groups across the UK. Although what they do varies, each one shares a common objective – to offer support to local autistic people and their families.

As always, advice from parents and carers in similar situations offer support that often no one else can give.

What do our local branches and groups do?

Activities typically fall into four categories – providing information, supporting families, campaigning and fundraising. Some branches run drop-in centres, some organise children's activity clubs and others run adult support or social groups.

How much of each of these activities a branch does or runs depends on the volunteers running the branch or group and how much time they have. Groups are generally smaller than branches, some of which have their own office premises.

When I was at my lowest point with my daughter, the local branch was my only support. For the first time, I actually believed I was being listened to and understood.

The pink spots on this map show roughly where our branches can be found across the UK. See a list of our branches in England and the Channel Islands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A map to show roughly where our volunteer branches can be found around the UK

 

Although we only joined our branch a couple of months ago, I've found everyone very friendly and supportive. My son feels relaxed and able to attend events which, due to his anxiety, he has not been able to do for some time.

Joining or starting a branch or group

To join your local branch, take a look at our listings for England and the Channel Islands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where you'll find details about what each branch does and how to get in contact with them.

Volunteering at a branch

Would you like to volunteer your time and help out at your at local branch or group? For information about branch roles and current vacancies please take a look at our volunteering information or contact your local branch.

[My branch is] an absolute lifeline. My child wouldn’t be where he is today without their support.

Can't find one in your area? Why not start one?

People choose to start a National Autistic Society branch or group for all sorts of reasons. They might want to bring together autistic people and their families in their local area, work with other people to improve local services or provide information and support.

Every branch and group is different. Some are parent support groups, some operate play schemes for families, while others have office premises and run their own drop-in services. For more information about starting a branch or group, get in touch with our branches team.

Resources for branches

If you're involved in running a branch, log into the online resource area for branches to access guidance, policies, templates and more. If you have any problems accessing this, contact our branches team.