Welcome to the National Autistic Society, West Berkshire Branch

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and makes sense of the world.  It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.  Autism affects 1 in 100 of the UK population and in West Berkshire alone, there are approximately 1750 people with diagnosed or undiagnosed, autism.

The NAS, West Berkshire Branch aims to support children and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome in West Berkshire, including their parents and carers.

Our services includes a family support worker, three youth clubs (aged 10-13, 13-18 years and 18+), professional speaker evenings, a befriending service, quarterly newsletters, a monthly adult social group, regular family activities, local influence, and lobbying to increase local autism services and lots, lots more. 

If you would like to become a committee member, a volunteer or just find out more about the Branch, please email westberkshire@nas.org.uk.

NAS Helpline:

0800 800  4104


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 Speaker Evening 20 June
How Speech & Language can help a Child with Autism

Speaker Evening

Speaker:  Claire Heslop - Independent Speech and Language Therapist, and founder of The Speech House, an independent Speech and Language Therapy practice based in West Berkshire.

 This talk will look at the general development of speech, language and social communication, and areas of difficulty a child with autism may experience. It will then look at how Speech and Language Therapy can help support children with autism and their families.

 Where: Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheelers Green Way, Thatcham, RG19 4YF 

When: July 20th, 8.00-10.00pm (refreshments from 7.30) 

Please email Jayne Roderick at westberksspeakers@nas.org.uk to reserve your free place.

Adult Social Group

Our Adult Social Group is for people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome aged 18-30. 

The group meets the last Tuesday of each month, from 7pm to 9pm.

The group meets up at various places each month, such as Thatcham Leisure Centre for Bowling nights or the Hogshead in Newbury for a bite to eat and a drink.

To find out where the Group are meeting, just leave a message on our Facebook page asking to join the group.  You will then be invited to join the Adult Social Group closed Facebook page where you can talk to the Group and arrange to meet up.

Sue Granger
Branch Family Support Worker

A huge welcome to Sue Granger, West Berkshire Branch's new Family Support Worker. 

Sue supports children and adults with ASD, their familiy and carers in West Berkshire.

Sue can help with anxiety, sleep and toileting difficulties, behaviour management, school issues, educational and welfare rights and much, much more. 

To find out more or to contact Sue please either email sue.granger@nas.org.uk (pref) or call 07748 880725.  More details can also be found on our Support page.

 Play Sessions at
Eddie Catz

Eddie Catz

Watch this space for our next Eddie Catz session at York Road, Newbury, Berkshire.  This is for ASD children and their families who are members of NAS West Berkshire.

These sessions are subsidised and we only ask for a small contribution per child.

When:  TBC

Time:   TBC

How much:  £4 per child

To book your place, please email Sarah at sarah@greenway2000.fsnet.co.uk.