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Oxfordshire Family Support Network - OXFSN
OxFSN runs a dedicated Transition Support Service to help families through the transition process.  In 2009 they published a handbook called Transition Matters.
They hold an annual Information Fair.  To download the handbook and find out more visit the web-site.

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire
Autism Family Support Oxfordshire has a Community Outreach Worker who provides support for young people aged 14 – 25 on the autism spectrum, their parent/carers, and professionals.
A referral form may be downloaded from the website
Phone:  01844 338696  
Email:  Sam Burkin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Go For It
An organisation that facilitates social opportunities and personal development to young people aged 16 years and over with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Asperger’s in Oxfordshire.
GFI offers several types of services aimed at young people with Autism and Aspergers, in addition to those with learning disabilities.
For information about all their services contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 07957 721 250.
For information about their Transition support service contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

My World
They are a non-profit organisation based in Oxfordshire supporting young people and adults with autism to explore their potential.  They run activity programmes five days a week providing:
• Employment support
• Academic holiday activity programmes
• Support with accessing education and training
• Sensitive management of challenging behaviour
• Health and well being
For more information contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Or phone: 01491 614893

MacIntyre work with young people with learning disabilities and autism
Through its No Limits programme
they offer an innovative, community-based education and support which offers an alternative to conventional educational models for young people aged 14-25 years who do not learn well in, or are unable to access, traditional building-based environments.

No Limits
Delani Murray - Programme Manager
T: 01869 220430
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

MAP (MacIntyre Abingdon Partnership) College is a specialist day college for students who have complex learning disabilities. Our particular expertise lies in supporting students with autistic spectrum disorders, through the use of person centred approaches to learning.
Delani Murray - Programme Manager
T: 01869 220430
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Abingdon & Witney College
Their Further Education Autism Support Team (FEAST) can support people wishing to access further education within Abingdon & Witney College.  For more information & contact details please see the downloadable leaflet at the top right of this page.

Transition Information Network
The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with a common aim: to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals.

Practical Support

ASPiration Service from Kingwood
web-site Click here
The Aspiration service offers short-term practical support for people aged 16 or over with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. It is for people living in Oxfordshire who are not entitled to funding or accessing any other services.
They offer advice, support and peer groups on a range of topics including housing, employment, social skills etc. They offer between 1-5 sessions to discuss goals, strategies and solutions. Sessions are individual and tailored to the person’s specific needs.
For further details and an application form plus details of their summer social groups see the download & links section to the right of this page.
To find out more about the service please call, drop in, email, text or Skype them for an initial chat.
Kingwood ASPiration Service – First Floor, 6 Lombard Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BJ
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  01235 532680

Living Autism
Many individuals with autism need specialist support in their own homes. Living Autism can help you find that support.
They have a national and local network of service providers who have the autism expertise to provide this specialist support.
Ring them on 0113 815 0210 or email them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
You can also find out more on thei website -

Leisure Activities

The Story Museum
Relaxed visits at The Story Museum, Oxford
Relaxed visits are for those with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders. Experience our exhibition and installations with families and carers in a more relaxed environment.
They take place on certain Sundays throughout the year 10.00 am - 11.00 am.  The visits are FREE.
For more information e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or ring 01865 790050 to book your place.

Youth Groups for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism Family Support runs 4 youth groups - 3 in Oxford and 1 in Abingdon.  The groups are separated by age & cater for young people from Oxfordshire with Asperger’s Syndrome (or high functioning autism) covering ages 8 - 21.  Contact: Children in Touch - 01844 338696

Adult Days at Thomley Hall
A unique venue where adults can meet, chat & chill out with friends.  Use of all our facilities are on offer including a sensory room, art & craft room, cycle track, games room and much more!!  They can also tailer activities to suit your needs, cooking being a firm favourite with all their adult users.
When:  Every Thursday in term time & selected Wednesdays in the school holidays.
Where:  Thomley Hall - Thomley is situated in Worminghall, on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. Click here for directions
Cost:  Donation of £8.00 per adult user.
To book and for more information:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or call 01844 338380

Farmability is a charity based on a farm up in Wytham which runs a day service four days a week for adults with autism and learning disabilities. Our co-farmers are supported by staff and volunteers in farm-based tasks, including animal husbandry and horticulture, and many also follow accredited learning courses on the farm.

If you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch - there are more details on our website at and our phone number is 01865 245604.

Into the Garden
Giving people with autism the skills and knowledge to work in horticulture.
Contact: Into the Garden CIC, The Field Station, Wytham, Oxford OX2 8QJ, Telephone: 07906 604104 or 01865 773626 email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Pub Groups, Social Groups

ASPiration Service from Kingwood
web-site Click here
For details of their social groups see the download & links section to the right of this page.
To find out more about the service please call, drop in, email, text or Skype them for an initial chat.
Kingwood ASPiration Service – First Floor, 6 Lombard Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BJ
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  01235 532680

Aspie pub group in Oxford - visit the Oxford Aspie website for more information Contact: Nic Keene by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone Autism Family Support on 01844 338696

There is a pub night from 6pm at the Coachmakers Arms, Wallingford for the over 18s. No specific supervision but a parent will be present to ensure its smooth running. Contact Evelyn Kerrigan on 07500 135572 for more information.

Banbury Aspies
Banbury Aspies is a new group for adults with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism in the Banbury area. We are just starting up and hope to organize monthly social evenings and other activities of interest to members. Non-Aspies/Auties are also welcome. Please e-mail us to tell us how you would like to get involved.
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Disability Football
Regular weekly sessions for adults (16+) with physical or learning difficulties, and all abilities and those with autism are welcome. The sessions are currently being delivered by qualified coaches from Reading Football Club. 
When: Every Friday 3-4pm
Where: Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, OX10 9RB
Age: 16+ £1.50 per person
Contact: Richard Prunier .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Oxford Phab
is a social club for people of all abilities, who come together to enjoy each others company and participate in a range of activities.

Soundabout using music to unlock the potential of those with severe disabilities including autism
They currently run family community sessions for children, young people and adults in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties.
For more information contact Sue
tel: 01844 338898 emal: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Other activities

If you are interested in doing some SAILING, Oxford Sailability is affiliated to Oxford Sailing Club based at Farmoor Reservoir.

A project for people of all ages dealing with disablement of any kind.

Are you interested in DRUMMING? There are sessions in Didcot, Oxford, Wantage & Mapledurham in Oxfordshire, and also Reading & Newbury in Berkshire.
Contact Andy Fowler-  RhythmZone - World Percussion Education
Tel:  07884 231188   email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you know of any other social groups then please get in touch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  we would love to hear from you


Empowering Families in Oxfordshire
The Empowering Families project targets parents and carers of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who have a realistic chance of making the transition from full-time learning to employment and/or training.

The definition includes pupils who are identified as currently possessing a Statement, those on School Action and School Action Plus. The age ranges of young people are between 13 and 25.

The project commenced in April 2013 and is funded by the Department for Education until the end of March 2015.

Empowering Families operates across specific Partnership areas in England that form the ‘reachfor’ Partnership, in Oxfordshire the service is provided by Adviza
For more details about the project contact:
Alison T:  07950 723221 E:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Telephone & Web Chat Service
Additional to local visiting and telephone support, Empowering Families offers a live national telephone and web chat service. The live telephone and web chat service is open: 
Monday to Friday 3:30pm-7:30pm   Telephone: 0845 408 5088



For a list of other organisations that can help with employment support go to


Parental Support

Contact a Family
Provides information & support for families with disabled children or adults.  A place where families of disabled children or adults can find and contact others affected by similar disabilities or contact other disabled people from the same area. They provide a service where you can meet other parents online at
Sophia Nicholls, 01491 836765, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is the contact person for local Oxfordshire info and support.

Oxfordshire Autistic Society - OASIS
A friendly charity run by parent volunteers for those bringing up children and young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. They welcome all parents, carers & individuals and can cater for all aspects of the spectrum, this includes classic Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other related conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorder and Developmental Delay.  OASIS aims to create a supportive community through family events, informal coffee and chat groups, evening speaker meetings & regular updates on our website of county-wide events & information that will be useful to all.
Find out more 

Parents Talking Asperger’s
Parents Talking Asperger’s is a voluntary support group for parents of children and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism) living near Banbury, Oxfordshire.
To find out more Click here
or contact: Karen Irvani
Tel: 01295 269455 / 07503 752880
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Aspies Parent Support Group 
For Parents who have ASD (diagnosed or undiagnosed)
An opportunity to gain support, information, friendship, and have fun.
At Abingdon Early Intervention Hub, The Net Young People’s Centre, Stratton Way, Abingdon, OX14 3RG.
Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  tel: 07929379124 or
Shelly at Abingdon Early Intervention Hub tel: 01865 328400

New Social Group for Parents!!
Parents! If you are interested in a new social group for parents of children with AS who are aged 17 or over and who are moving into adulthood, please contact Voirrey Carr and let her know which nights/times are best for you. The group will be based in West Oxford and the aim is to share knowledge and experiences of life post-school in a sociable way email Voirrey Carr at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Parent to Parent Service run by the National Autistic Society
Talk to someone who really understands what it’s like to live with a child or adult with autism. 
Call 0808 800 4106

Face 2 Face emotional support for parents run by Scope
Click here

Scope offers a free befriending service offering one to one emotional support for parents of disabled children or those with additional needs.
Co-ordinator: Anna Hinton   Tel: 0777 5926572   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For some useful information about Adult Social Care in Oxfordshire

Support finder
A one-stop-shop for information and advice to help you take control of your care and support.

Carers Oxfordshire
Carers Oxfordshire service established in April 2011 aims to make it easier for carers, whatever their situation, to access information and support. The service has five elements:

  • a telephone and web-based information service - providing information about benefits and entitlements, support services, carer’s breaks, emergency back-up, employment, looking after yourself, training opportunities to support you in your caring role and much more.
  • an outreach support service – providing advice and support over the phone and face-to-face.
  • a network of peer support groups
  • Confidence 2 Care programmes to enable carers to feel more confident in their caring roles
  • marketing- to raise the profile of carers, and caring, and enable carers to identify themselves.
  • The Carers Discount Scheme (sponsored by Oxfordshire County Council) is available to any carer known to ‘Carers Oxfordshire’ and offers savings from thousands of leading brands and local outlets across everyday spending including weekly groceries, gym membership, insurance and holidays. To view the full range of discounts available please visit

Carers Helpline: 0845 050 7666
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Carers Voice Oxfordshire
We are a group of volunteers, Carers and ex-Carers, who since 1992 have promoted Carers’ interests, supported their needs and ensured their views are heard by voluntary, professional and statutory organisations. The Forum is Oxfordshire’s only countywide independent voice of carers.

Self directed support
The process by which a person has choice and control over the support that they need to go about their daily lives. (or call 0845 2500518) for support with mental health problems.


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