Help for parents and carers

This section describes support available to those who care for individuals affected by autism. It describes agency, commercial and third sector provision, and lists generic and autism specific support groups, in different areas of the county.


“One in a Hundred”


Autistica’s 2013 report, shares the experiences of over 1000 parents and individuals with autism. Many families and individuals with autism feel positive about medical research and ninety percent agree that there is a need for a greater scientific understanding. Read more »

Alternative Education Company

The AEC has been established with the primary focus of making a sustained difference to the life chances and social, emotional and physical well-being of disaffected young people. Read more »


Aukids is a quarterly magazine which provides quality, practical advice on autism. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome


This booklet compiled by the Autism Support Services aims to support families of children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more »

Beat Bullying

BeatBullying is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. Read more »


Our mission is to help children (aged 6 months to 18 years) with conditions affecting their social, communication and learning abilities. Read more »


Brainwave provides therapy for children with developmental delay whether caused by cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorder or brain injury. Read more »

Bridgwater Parent Support Group

The group aim is to give parents of children on the autistic spectrum or those showing ‘autistic tendencies’ with or without a formal diagnosis, the chance to meet with others and share information and experiences. Read more »

Bridgwater SCC Family Carer Group

A group run for family carers of adults with a Learning Disability who are in receipt of a service from Somerset County Council. Read more »

Carers UK, Taunton and district branch

Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends.


Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with brain-related neurological conditions. Read more »

Chard Parent Support Group

The Chard Parent Support Group, also known as ‘The Cookie Club’, is coming soon. Read more »

Compass Carers

Compass Carers is a County wide support service for Carers managed by Compass Disability Services, a Somerset based User Led Organisation. Read more »

Compass Disability Services

Supporting disabled people and carers to have a better quality of life. Read more »

Contact a family

Contact a family is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.

Crimson Hill Support

We are the foremost provider in Somerset of support to people with learning disabilities and complex needs in their own homes. Read more »

DIAL Weston and North Somerset

DIAL (Disability Information Advice Line) Weston and North Somerset is a disabled led voluntary organisation which offers free, impartial and confidential disability information and support to people in the North Somerset area. Read more »

Disability Living Foundation

DLF offers services and products for parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities. Read more »

Escape Support Group

Activity group for disabled children and their families, based in Taunton but open to families anywhere in Somerset. Read more »

Frome Autistic Support Team

A friendly parent support group that meet on the last Tuesday of every month at the Bridge Centre, Hayesdown School, Frome. Read more »

Frome SCC Family Carer Group

A group run for family carers of adults with a Learning Disability who are in receipt of a service from Somerset County Council. Read more »

Headway Somerset

Headway Somerset is an independent charity, affiliated to Headway UK. We provide social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with brain injury. Read more »

Highbridge and Burnham family support group

This group is for children up to 15 years old, with autistic spectrum disorders and their families living in Highbridge and Burnham. Read more »

Junior Strawberry Fun Club

The Fun Club is a leisure activity session provided for children with disabilities aged between 5-11 years. Read more »


Mencap is the leading UK charity working with and for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers. Read more »

Mendip autism support group

Morning support meeting held usually on the last Monday of every month during school term, at Hillmead Community Hall Shepton Mallet. Read more »

Mind in Sedgemoor

Mind in Sedgemoor offers help and support to anyone experiencing mental ill-health. Read more »

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset aims to promote good mental health and encourage greater understanding of mental health issues. Read more »