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.


Minehead 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 »

Minehead support and social group

This support and social group, based in Minehead, is for people on the Autism/Asperger Spectrum and their carers. Read more »

NAS Mendip and district

Meets on a Monday evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, once a term at Critchill School. All are welcome, you don’t need to have a child at Critchill School. Read more »

NAS Somerset Branch

The Somerset branch of the National Autistic Society is free to join and you do not need a formal diagnosis. Read more »

North Somerset Crossroads

North Somerset Crossroads offers advice, information and support to carers and runs support groups at various locations in the region. Read more »

North Somerset Disabled Children’s Family Support Team

The Family Support Team supports parents and families in caring for their disabled child and improving the overall quality of life for children and young people up to the age of 18 years. Read more »

Parent Carer Alliance Minutes


Minutes of the Parent Carer Alliance Meeting 7th May 2013 Read more »

Parent to Parent service

The Parent to Parent service provided by the National Autistic Society is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults with autism. Read more »


Peach is a parent-led charity that promotes Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism. Read more »

Push For Action


The NAS campaign,’Push for Action,’ will involve campaigners at a local and national level to call for accelerated delivery and improved local implementation of the adult autism strategy to ensure adults with autism get the support they need. Read more »


Opening doors to independent living – the Radar NKS Key, guide and smartphone app. Read more »


We provide a range of services nationally, including advocacy, carer support, crisis services and more. Read more »


We work with disabled people and their families. We offer practical support – from information services to education and everyday care. Read more »

Short Breaks

The Resources Team, who are the Short Breaks Team consist of Somerset Supporters and the Children’s Autism Outreach Team. Read more »

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) offers a wide range of services to ‘those affected by eating disorders’ in Somerset and the surrounding counties. Read more »

Somerset Carers Support Service

Carers Support Workers are linked to hospitals and doctor’s surgeries across Somerset. They will give you time to talk about being a carer and work out any additional needs you may have.

Somerset Carer’s Network

For families and all those who care for people in Somerset with mental health problems.

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Somerset Direct Help in Crisis Service

The free Help in Crisis service is available to all carers who may need assistance at short notice. It is given by registered care providers and has certain criteria to qualify.

Somerset Dyslexia Association

We aim to be a source of information and practical support to anyone who has dyslexia or who supports those who have dyslexia.
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Somerset Family Floating Support Service

Our Floating Support service provides a combination of practical and emotional support. Read more »

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

This Forum is for parent carers and carers of children who have additional needs and/or disabilities. The Forum will get your voice heard by the decision makers in the local authority. Read more »

Somerset Parent Partnership Service

A statutory service which provides impartial information and support for parents and carers of children. Read more »

Somerset Sitting Service

If you need regular, continued support. Read more »

Somerset Total Communication

Somerset Total Communication (STC) is a multi-agency partnership with Somerset County Council, Somerset Health Community, Speech and Language Therapy Services. Read more »

Sompar Asperger Advisory Group

Sompar Asperger Advisory Group Read more »

Street SCC Family Carer Group

A group run for family carers of adults with a Learning Disability. Read more »

Street Special Needs and Parent Support Group

Street Special Needs and Parent Support Group (SNAPS) meets every Thursday afternoon 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Street Children’s Centre. Read more »

Taunton Asperger’s Group

Do you care for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome? If so, you may like to know that the Taunton Asperger’s Group meet monthly and has recently been founded by a group of carers in order to provide mutual support and share information. Read more »

Taunton Asperger’s Group

Meetings held the third Thursday of every month at Cheddon Fitzpaine Village Hall, Taunton, TA2 8JY at 7.30pm. Read more »

Taunton Autism Support Group

Taunton Autism Support Group is a support group for parent carers and carers of children and young people with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and related conditions in the Taunton area. Read more »