Clubs for young people on the autism spectrum (Berkshire)

Coronavirus status: OPEN ONLINE

Our clubs are built around the special interests that young people told us they enjoy. You can find clubs offering Pokemon, Arts and Crafts, Console Gaming and a mixed activity club run by qualified and DBS checked leaders and volunteers. Sessions run on Saturdays throughout the year in and around the Maidenhead area.  From March 2020 clubs are running virtually with a mix of activities. 

We cater for young people aged between 9 and 25 who have a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition and are typical of mainstream ability but need support to succeed in social situations.

Our activities are designed to encourage social interaction in a structured and understanding environment.

All applicants must complete our application process which includes a visit at home so that we understand the needs of the young person before they start.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Barlow
Contact Position
Clubs Co-ordinator
The Autism Group

Where to go

Harmony Education Centre
First Floor, 4
Cordwallis Street
Venue Notes

When we are able to meet in person, our Art and mixed activity Clubs (Fusion and GAP Clubs) use this venue, which is not far from the centre of  Maidenhead and within walking distance of the railway station. We also use Berkshire College of Agriculture. Full details of venue is provided prior to starting at a club.

Geographic Area Covered
Not restricted. Our clubs are open to anyone within travelling distance of the venues.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Saturdays: morning and afternoon clubs
Time of day
Session Information
Run fortnightly and/or four weekly.

Other Details

Cost Description
  • The first visit to any of our clubs is free.
  • Most of our clubs cost £7.50 per session.
  • Art Club costs £10.50 per session to cover the cost of materials. 

We regret we cannot offer a refund for missed sessions.

Age Ranges
9 to 13 years
14 to 25 years
16 to 25 years

Local Offer


Our clubs provide an opportunity for young people on the autism spectrum to meet in a supportive and understanding environment to socialise with other young people who share the same interests. Although based in Maidenhead we accept applications from any geographical area.

Contact Name
Ruth Barlow
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Local Offer Links
Autism Group's Clubs
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
8 to 11
Needs Level
All Needs Met
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)
You Said We Did

We regularly liaise with parents to make sure we are providing the right support and ask the participants what they like to do at club.

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Supports young people on the autistic spectrum and is intended for those of mainstream ability. Parent support groups are available along with Parent workshops and Home Visits.

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Increased social skills, confidence and friendships. Improved mental health.

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

There is an application process, which can be started by emailing us.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?

We aim to be as autism friendly as possible, consulting with parents on any particular needs of each individual child or young person. We aim to have at least a 1:5 adult to child ratio. Unfortunately our venue at Harmony Education Centre is on the first floor and does not have lift.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

By email, phone, face to face, Facebook, website and using visual supports.

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

Safeguarding and autism awareness training plus ongoing advice from more experienced staff.

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