NAS Area Update

Last week saw the publication of two important, linked, and long-awaited reports on implementation of the adult autism strategy in England: –       Progress Report on Think Autism: the updated strategy for adults with autism in England –       Autism Self-Assessment Exercise 2014   Progress… Read more »

New Somerset Autism Strategy

On Thursday 26th November 2015, the new Somerset Autism Strategy was given final approval by the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board. Last year Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a four month consultation on the draft… Read more »

Founder of Homes Caring for Autism

Founder of Homes Caring for Autism, Richard Smith and staff member Rob Lawrence receive awards read for more Caring for Autism awarded a care industry Richard Smith Founder of Weston ‘Oscar’.


Neurotribes a highly readable history of autism, by investigative reporter Steve Silberman has been awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction 2015. It is available, along with other materials in the Somerset Autism Collection and can be reserved free of charge… Read more »

Incredible Kids & PDA with Dr Hillary Dyer

Incredible Kids held an evening with Dr Hillary Dyer who shared information on Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA), for more information visit Dr Hillary Dyer’s website or visit Incredible Kids

Brandon Trust

Provider Brandon Trust, a Bristol based provider of support to children and adults, with learning disability and autism would like your views on what good services should look like, they have extended the closing date to their enquiry to Friday 4th December. Find… Read more »

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has secured just over £330,00 extra funding for its Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) They will use the funding to recruit an extra psychiatrist and extra mental health nurses, family therapists and psychologists.… Read more »

Somerset autism collection

From 12 November 2015, Somerset Libraries will be providing a bespoke collection of books and DVDs about autism. This collection of around 40 titles provides support for autistic people, their families, carers and friends. It will also be a resource… Read more »


Swan Advocacy provides free and independent advocacy services to adults across Somerset so that their voices and opinions can be heard. Those helped include people with autism, learning disabilities, mental health issues and older people, including those with dementia. Further information… Read more »

Help in adulthood

Families and professionals supporting those ,whose autism is associated with a Learning Disability and who are, currently supported by SCC “in house” , Learning Disability service can monitor progress with the proposed new Social Enterprise on a dedicated site… Read more »


Are you someone who spends a significant proportion of your life providing unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who has serious physical and/or mental health issues? If so then you are a Carer and we would be so… Read more »


“Enabling Autism” Project Report Date of Project: January to June 2015 Funded by Department of Health Autism Innovation Fund Project delivered by a partnership of: Citizens Advice Taunton National Autistic Society Somerset Mind in Taunton and West Somerset We write… Read more »

Somerset Social Investment Fund

Somerset County Council have approved the development of a £1m Social Investment Fund to support Somerset businesses and communities to make a positive impact on local communities and the economy. Read more »

Autism Professionals Awards 2015

The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Professional Awards 2015 recognise and reward services and professionals leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of people with autism. Read more »

Autism hospital passport

This resource published by the National Autistic Society aims to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Read more »

Diverse perspectives

This report published by the National Autistic Society explores the challenges for families affected by autism from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England. Read more »

The Autistic Gardener

The Autistic Gardener is a brand new series for Channel 4 which follows award winning garden designer Alan Gardner and a team of 6 individuals, all on the autistic spectrum, as they redesign a series of gardens. Find out how you can take part. Read more »

It involves us

This guidance produced by the National Autistic Society aimes to help local authorities better involve people with autism in their local planning and implementation. Read more »

Developing effective holistic services for young people

This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to develop joined-up services for young people in transition that can provide co-ordinated support on health, mental health, social welfare, personal and practical issues. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, July 2014

This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on the Latest Population estimates, Economic Factsheets , Well-being Map Explorer and University take-up. Read more »

Autism Innovation Fund

The government has made £1.2 million of funding available to improve local autism services and increase awareness. The funding is available as part of Think Autism, the update to the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy for England. Read more »

Consultation on the Care Act

Details on the rules determining who will get adult social care from April 2015 have been published, as part of a Government consultation on the regulations and guidance accompanying the Care Act 2014. Read more »