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National Autistic Society (NAS)

Tel: 020 7833 2299 Email: Autism Helpline numbers: 0808 800 4104 or 0845 070 4004 (Mon-Thurs 10-4, Fri 9-3)

– see Tavistock
Plymouth – Sharon Simpson: 07961 463 898 email: 
NAS Plymouth Adult Asperger's Branch (NAS PAAB) offers support to adults with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. They provide weekly support meetings, as well as time and space for people to chat. This enables positive social interaction where individuals can achieve a sense of identity. We arrange social events such as walks, barbeques, cinema outings and quiz evenings periodically throughout the year. We also offer information, support and signposting to other services where possible.
Tavistock – Tavistock and District National Autistic Society Asperger Support Group.
Local self-help group formed by adults with Asperger syndrome with the aim of providing local support, information and awareness raising.   Saturday afternoon 'Drop-In' group, a group for Parents/carers of adults with Asperger syndrome as well as a 'women only' group. Also now trialling a new group in Okehampton.    
North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions + ADHD 07923 481 332
Devon Autism Centre – 01237 423 739 Training/Accommodation support/ Professional consultancy


Different Together

For couples, families and friends of people with ASD. Telephone service, forum and informal meet-ups. No need for a formal diagnosis to access their support as this can be difficult to get with adults and may involve a significant wait, or may just not be wanted. Personal stories and a link to resources for non-autistic/NT family members. Books for children with a parent with autism, and about stress resulting from caring/partnering an adult with autism. Contacts for counsellors who specialise in supporting couples (individually or together) who are under stress because one or both are autistic. 

Family/Friends Support Group
Second Thursday of each month 6.30-8.30pm at Psychology Dept, RD & E Hospital (Wonford Site), Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW


Lycette Care

01237 470714 Bidna Lane, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1NU
Alternative to care scheme for adults with mental health issues in Northern Devon. Lycette Care are one of North Devon's leading providers of community and residential services for adults with Learning Disabilities, Mental health needs, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. We work closely with our sister company The Devon Autism Centre to provide a range of services in North Devon and around the country.


Dimensions for Living

01392 254137 21 Nelson Road, Exeter EX4 1BG 
Provide Autism Alert card Free. Available to people with autism aged 10 and over. To be carried by person with autism to identify its carrier to help them to be understood.


Parents Autism Workshops & Support 

01295 759836 or
Provides assistance dogs for families with a child with autism 


South West Autism CIC

Lisa: 07580 225057 or Greg: 07582 608641 5 Pellen Arcade, Teignmouth, TQ14 8EB
South West Autism is based in Devon, UK. We believe in providing the amazing young people we work with the opportunities to help them develop to their potential. Whatever the challenges you face and need support with contact us to discuss how we may be able to assist you. Learn more about us, keep up to date with us and see the fantastic events we organize for existing and new clients. Support groups for parents/carers and children


Active Devon: 

Ability Inclusion Club – Tel 07889173959 / / 
First Saturday of month 10 -12 (can ring to check) £4 & a drink, 12+ anybody with a disability. Multi-sports sessions – Sports Hall, Torbay Leisure Centre, Paignton TQ4 5JR

Bay Bouncers  - tel Emily 07907 388066
Every Weds 10 – 1130am Torbay, gentle running and fitness with a baby and buggy; 

Camp Mawazo - book with Chris Parish tel. 01626325864
Every Friday 1-3pm £3 - Sports Hall, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne. Outdoor pursuits base camp for 16+ , inclusive disability-aimed multi-activity sessions

Torbay Running & Cycling groups
Beginners Saturdays – 9.30am Plainmoor Swimming Pool Torquay
Slippers to Thursdays – 6.30pm Torquay Seafront
Free Cycling Sessions – David Noakes – 01803 208873 Wednesdays – 1-3pm the Velopark, Paignton
Ladies Beginners running group – Ronnie 07860381119 Tuesdays – 6pm Forde House, Teignbridge Car Park


Audience Club

Exeter –  The Audience Club provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to access a wide range of cultural events across Exeter. 


Brandon Trust 

0117 907 7200 
Brandon Trust is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to live more freely with fewer limitations. 



01392 203877 or email Caraston Support & Housing, 14 Alphington Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8HH
Care and Support for Independence: Caraston is a well established Exeter based organisation providing high quality support, care and housing to people with mental ill health and those with learning disabilities. The ethos of Caraston is to provide 'Recovery focused' support in our high quality accommodation to help people maximize opportunity and independence. Our well trained staff and managers enable people who are supported by Caraston to develop skills to achieve Recovery and gain further independence


DAAG – Disability Action Awareness Group

01803 656607 Ext: 56607 Mobile: 07766132984 Email:
Chloe Roberts, Equality & Employability Co-ordinator, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, 1st Floor, Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital, Lowes Bridge, Torquay, TQ2 7AA.


Dame Hannah Rogers Trust 

01752 898184
Ivybridge Link & Community Hub. Information and support for people with LD, database of activities and linking people with others with similar interests. 


Devon Advocacy Consortium

0300 343 5707/ / text: 0784 120 4398
DAC, C/O Living Options Devon, 3-4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (Thurs 9am – 7pm)
An independent professional advocacy service for people over 16 in Devon and Torbay. Includes: Care Act advocacy, general & health complaints advocacy, independent mental health advocacy (IMHA), independent mental capacity advocacy. The consortium is made up of 9 organisations led by Living Options Devon.


Devon and Cornwall Police – Report it!  You matter, we care. 

How to tell the police that something has happened to you. Easy-read leaflet in conjunction with Plymouth People First. Easy- read leaflet by Devon Link-Up – 07808 053 992, Easy –read information leaflet: Victims of Crime, How to report what has happened: go into the police station and show your safe place card; stop a PCSO; dial 999 in an emergency; phone 101 about a crime or incident that has already happened. 


Devon Domestic Abuse Service (DDAS)

0345 155 1074


Don’t Miss Out

  Learning Disability charity Mencap, in partnership with NHS England has launched a new animation called Don’t Miss Out to raise awareness of the importance for people with a learning disability to be on their GP’s learning disability register. If people with a learning disability tell their GP they have a learning disability they are entitled to extra help. This can include:

• Extra time for appointments

• Easy Read information that is accessible

• Annual Health Checks that help to maintain health, detect conditions and illnesses and help GPs to understand how to provide better care to patients with a learning disability.



The affiliated branch of the Down’s syndrome Association for South Devon.  They are a welcoming and friendly parent-led group set up to support children and adults with Down’s Syndrome and their families, carers and friends.  They are always available to talk to families when a baby is newly diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and have members who are specially trained to give balanced information and provide a listening ear.  They also offer support and information to professionals to enable them to help people with DS as best they can, and together raise awareness and campaign for better services for families.  They have a number of social events planned for the summer and in the autumn are running a series of workshops for families.  Membership of DownSouth is free to people with Down’s syndrome and their families.  Please contact : or to find out more, they would love to hear from you.


EEDDS  Exeter & East Devon Down’s Syndrome Group

01392 410817/ 07480301244 (Harriet, secretary). 07746691094/ (Hayley, Chair) Also Facebook & the Devon Community directory

Friendly supportive group for individuals with DS and their families all over Devon. Affiliated to the Down’s Syndrome Association. (DSA) New members welcome, support around diagnosis, early days, education, health, benefits, employment & any challenges. New Parent Contact (Bel McDonald)  for expectant and new parents. 3-4 newsletters a year. Activities, links with DS football. 


Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled

01752 894348 /

Riding for disabled children & adults, hydrotherapy sessions, work experience, NVQ training. 



01752 224760 Vine House, 34 Regent Street, Plymouth PL4 8BB

Evolve offer dynamic and innovative transition support for young adults with learning disabilities and autism from the age of 16.  Our programmes are specifically designed to provide age appropriate support and can be accessed alongside, or upon the completion of education. We offer a variety of support and training opportunities through our group based weekday programme and can also provide focused 1-1 enabling and mentoring. Evolve also offer independent living training and overnight stays at our vibrant skills development house in Plymouth.  This can be accessed by people who are looking to move into the supported living environment in the future, or as a more modern and person focused form of respite. evolve can then provide support and guidance with the transition into supported living, and can design and deliver a support package to meet individual needs and requirements. You can also get involved with evolve in a number of ways. Maybe you can offer work experience to provide confidence boosting work? Or perhaps you can offer a service or activity that can really benefit adults with learning disabilities? We incorporate many forms of assistive technologies into our support, acting as a tool to enhance independence, improve awareness, and enable inclusion in today’s world.

Hannah’s at Seale Hayne

01626 325800 & Howton lane, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ 12 6NQ  
Hannahs at Seale-Hayne is an amazing place for the community, for people of all abilities, where they can train, learn, have fun and fulfil their true potential without judgement or limit. A place where disability is incidental. Opportunities and education, volunteering, accommodation, days out. 



Helen Hillard 01626 772502
Dance Along classes for adults with learning disabilities take place on Tuesdays 10.45am-11.45am at Holcombe Village Hall. Each class begins with a series of gentle warm-up and conditioning exercises followed by dance routines in a variety of styles that are fun and enjoyable. At the end of term, each attendee receives a certificate. Holcombe Village Hall has free parking and easy access. Attendees may be accompanied by a support worker or carer if needed.


Hollywell Housing Trust

01392 345528 or 07989 518142  Unit 21, Basepoint Business Centre, Yeoford Way, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8LB  Email:

Hollywell is a charity and social enterprise set up to offer a bespoke housing and tenancy management service for people with learning disabilities and autism who might otherwise not be able to access a sustainable home or manage a tenancy alone. We are not like a traditional housing association with a stock of housing to fill, we start with the individual and look at what THEY want and need before sourcing and securing the right property for them on the private rented sector. Hollywell takes a tenancy directly with the landlord and provides the vulnerable person with the housing related support and tenancy management they need to ensure that they are able to sustain their tenancy. We work in conjunction with traditional care and support providers to provide the individual with an all-round holistic support service of housing and care, allowing them to live independently within the community. Our ethos is very much around a personalised and person centred approach, encouraging choice and decision making and then supporting people to make those choices sustainable. We passionately believe that a secure home is the cornerstone for being able to fulfil potential and live independent lives and all our work centres around providing and promoting this. Referrals through a statutory provider, i.e. social services, GP, CPN, police or Local Authority.


Horizon Employability Hub - Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

01803 656607
The Hub is based at the Horizon Centre of Torbay Hospital and is supported by a small team who work together to identify valuable placements across the locality. Project SEARCH has a very clear goal – to give young people (aged 18-24) with learning disabilities or Autistic spectrum Condition (ASC) the skills to gain competitive paid employment. In Torbay, our vision is to develop a dynamic, flexible and responsive workforce that is reflective of our local community demographic. Our mission therefore, is to have a more employable, highly skilled, workforce and to have positive employment destinations for young people with a learning disability or autistic spectrum condition. Application process: Project SEARCH placements will be advertised in the Spring of each year. Applications can be obtained from South Devon College.


IATT – See Community Learning Disability Health team


Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA) service

0845 231 1900 (Exeter) Devon and Torbay – Age UK Devon (basic pack)


Kaleidoscope Kingsbridge

01548 856501/ 01548 854898 115 Fore St, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AB
Kaleidoscope and The Gordon Carling Foundation. Kaleidoscope, provides the support and The Gordon Carling Foundation is a housing provider used by many of our tenants. Most people have homes in and around Kingsbridge. We have a 24 hour office at Ropewalk where there are a number of flats and apartments, others in the town and outlying villages, alone, with friends, family, or partners. “Community is important to us. The new Creativity Hub at 115, is the perfect place to meet up with friends and make yourself comfortable over a cuppa. The premises are accessible, with a ramp, and a lift to the first floor. You can help to complete the jigsaws, do a bit of soothing colouring, read a book or a newspaper or just watch the world go by. All we ask is a donation in the box. You are welcome to stay for as long as you like. Also at our new premises we have more offices, in addition to the wonderful facilities for courses, meetings and parties, which you may wish to join in with, and if you are a local group looking for a venue or an individual looking for a place to run a course, we may be just what you are looking for”. We have a number of courses and events planned and presently running, some at 115 and some in other venues, which you may like to sign up for.


Kingsbridge Fulfilling Lives (was Ropewalk)

Paul Bidwell 01584 853163Resource Centre in Kingsbridge for adults with special needs. Mon-Fri 9am – 4.30pm


Knight Farm Day Care

01884 855837 or 07958 548009 - Rixham Farm, Cadbury, Exeter EX5 5LA
Care Farming is a day-care service offered to adults with a range of disabilities or social needs. We teach agricultural skills and enable individuals to enjoy being part of a working farm. We have care plans individually designed to each client and support them to carry out many activities such as growing fruit & vegetables, gardening, and working with the livestock. Everyone at Knight Farm plays an important part of a team.  Care Farming aids in learning confidence, social skills as well as the small things like being on time and being polite to people. Skills such as animal welfare, communication and team work are all part of an average day. (Funding advice given)


Leap of Faith

07581 559219
Adventure programme for adults with LD. Leap of Faith Adventures offers a range of outdoor adventure for all abilities. We can tailor our activities to meet the needs of each group or individual. We are based in Exeter, Devon and currently provide activities such as caving, climbing, archery, bushcraft, canoeing/kayaking and walking/expeditions. We can work on a 1:1 basis or with small groups and can travel within the South West if required. 


Lifeworks Breaking the Barrier 2017

Over 30 learning disabled young people have already signed up for the Breaking the Barrier Triathlon funded by the Aviva Community Fund this summer- they will be bouncing, cycling and surfing their way to a certificate being awarded by Team GB athlete Mark Fosbrook on Bigbury Beach on the first Sunday in September. 

Living Options Devon

01392 459222 /   
Information about advocacy in alternative formats


Made-Well CIC

01837 810584 or Made-Well, West Fishleigh Farm, Hatherleigh, Devon  EX20 3QA
Made-Well is a community interest company based in Hatherleigh, which provides a wide range of constructive, purposeful and positive 'day opportunities' designed to promote personal growth by providing activities in leisure and learning life skills. We are an inclusive organisation with an ethos of actively encouraging full participation irrespective of age, background, qualifications, training or ability. We support people to enjoy, experience and learn about horticulture, cookery, animal care, willow craft, therapeutic arts and countryside management. The Made-Well cafe is open Monday-Friday from 9.30am-3pm.


Mencap Direct

0808 808 1111 Mencap Direct (M-F, 9-5) or Mark Capper: or telephone: 07984 391 613.
LD Work experience weeks, Supported living, Wills and Trusts service, employment service (referral through Connexions/Job centre), Family support, residential care, supported living. 



FamilyHub is Mencap’s new online community for parents and family carers of people with a learning disability. It's a place for people to reach out for help, and offer advice in return. 


Parliament Outreach

Robert Owen Communities: 01803 868550 or The Boatshed, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5AL General enquiries: ROC Point: 01803 520689 / 07794 071697
We work with people with a wide range of abilities across Devon & Cornwall. Our charitable aims define this group as being "people with learning disabilities and those who support them". Day services, Supported Living, residential care, theatre group, Promoting workplace inclusion, training, activities, learning and social skills.

Work 2 work, Totnes – 01803 868550/ 
Lower Sharpham Barton farm 01803 732502
ROC Creative (arts, drama, music, photography) Honiton 01404 47277/ 
ROC Active (multisports) Torbay 01803 550018 / Exeter 01392 270875
ROC Aspects Paignton (16 + vocational, skills, literacy, personal development) 01803 552955 / 
Boscawen Farm Cornwall 01872 560530
Truro Welcome club 07841 205790
Tavistock Welcome club 07894 683927
Exeter YMCA


Pinhoe Spartans Inclusive football

 This year has been a truly amazing one so far for Pinhoe Spartans.  Firstly, they entered the FA Peoples Cup, qualifying for the Regional Finals in Bristol.  Secondly, they were nominated for an FA Community Award and won the County Award for Best Inclusive Project, which they are immensely proud of and is a fantastic reward to the all children who regularly attend!!  If you’re interested in attending our sessions, please email


Robert Owen Communities

01803 868550 0r The Boatshed, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5AL General enquiries: ROC Point: 01803 520689 / 07794 071697 / 
We work with people with a wide range of abilities across Devon & Cornwall. Our charitable aims define this group as being "people with learning disabilities and those who support them". Day services, Supported Living, residential care, theatre group, Promoting workplace inclusion, training, activities, learning and social skills. 

Work 2 work, Totnes – 01803 868550/ 

Lower Sharpham Barton farm Tel. 01803 732502

ROC Creative (arts, drama, music, photography) Honiton 01404 47277/  

ROC Active (multisports) Torbay 01803 550018 / Exeter 01392 270875

ROC Aspects Paignton (16 + vocational, skills, literacy, personal development) – 01803 552955 /  

Boscawen Farm Cornwall Tel 01872 560530 

Truro Welcome club 07841205790

Tavistock Welcome club 07894683927

Robins Respite & Life Skills Centre  

01803 840744/
Robins is a purpose built centre providing both short stay and long-term respite care for children and young adults with learning disabilities- up to the age of 20. Situated in Dartington, near Totnes, Robins is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a warm and welcoming home that combines comfort, safety and accessibility. Robins has eight bedrooms, a large lounge, an interactive sensory room and separate activities room. There is both a catering kitchen and a training kitchen, where the young people are encouraged to develop their cooking skills by making their own snacks and drinks. To support each individual’s physical needs, there is a complete range of lifting and moving aids as well as a lift to the first floor. Outside, there is a purpose built garden and play area as well as access to a well-equipped playground, hydrotherapy pool and sports field. Regularly inspected by Ofsted, Robins always achieves good reports in standards of care. To find out more information and to access this service, please contact us.


Shared Lives SW (Devon)

01626 360170 or
The Devon team of Shared Lives South West are based in our office in Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot, Devon.  This is also our main administrative offices and our funding and benefits team, finance team and our chief executive are also based in the Devon office. We currently have 78 approved Shared Lives carers in Devon, supporting 100 long term service users and 39 regular short break service users. In Devon, we offer long term and short break services for all client groups. We are expanding our services in all areas of Devon and are developing new Shared Lives services for older people,  people with dementia and parents with a learning disability.


St Loye’s Foundation, Exeter

07804418096 or Rebecca Cobb – Enabling and Support Manager (REFERRALS)
Enabling services to help people with learning disabilities who have been assessed as needing support from social services, people who qualify for Direct Payments and Personal Budgets. The service is funded by direct payments and personal budgets which are offered by local authorities to give people more flexibility over how their care and support is arranged and provided, following a social care assessment and agreed care needs. St Loye’s Foundation offers CQC- regulated services (Exeter and surrounding areas, including Torbay) to people who choose us to support them to achieve their outcomes. Person centred services tailored to each person to increase their quality of life in such areas as independent living, confidence in the community, learning and working, and keeping healthy and active. Self-referral, or via third-parties, with people using their Direct Payments to fund their individual support package. Independent Living, community confidence, learning and working, healthy and active. Residential accommodation (Exeter), horticultural project (Ottery St Mary), offices: Exeter, Bude, Bideford, Tiverton



 01626 368252 /
Short break providers for people with LD in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay & Cornwall. Care in family home settings, providers assessed, monitored and SWAPS is registered with CQC. 


Tavispecials football club  

contact Allen Lewis 01822614335
The Tavispecials youth teams are really growing.  Ability Counts football allows people with all sorts of conditions to enjoy and play football.  


Total Communication Now

07917266132/201 – for appointments 
Total Communication NOW is a community based service offering advice and support for anyone with a communication difficulty, their carers, family or support staff. Visual resources for children and adults, Speech and language therapy. Resources, tutorials, e-learning and training details on the website. Thursdays 9am - 5pm Paignton Library, Great Western Road, TQ4 5AG. Fridays 9am – 5pm  Passmore Edwards Centre, Market Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2RJ.


Thera South West

0300 303 1280
Providing support in Teignbridge, South Hams, West & Mid Devon and Torbay for people with LD. Advice, help with personal budgets. 


Turning Tides Project  

Autism or learning disabilities/difficulties, from teens to 70+ provides sessions and enabling support within a 30 mile radius of Crediton but other areas of Devon too)


United Response

020 8246 5200 / and 0800 0884 377 / 
Support for people with Learning Disabilities Mild to Moderate, Profound & Complex Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental health, Housing, Specialist Support, Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia, Young people in transition, Building Independence, Employment, Health, personalisation, working with families, Person-centred Approaches, Postcards from the Edge Project – sending messages to the government about funding and services needed


Victim Support

Beyond Crime – 0808 168 9111
Child Sexual Exploitation, (CSE) CSE + LD Easy-Read leaflets


Vocal Advocacy

01803 868300 / 
Award winning, high quality independent advocacy (Advocacy QPM award 2016-19) Also training for organisations who are Friends of Vocal, Advocacy Awareness training, newsletter – Vocal News. (See also Devon Advocacy Consortium)


Carers Trust grants 

These websites may help or
There is a book to buy, Holidays in the British Isles – A guide for disabled people:


Dream-A-Way holidays

Text/Phone 07796 442 144
2017 is Exeter based Charity Dream-A-Way’s 24th Birthday Year and things are going really well! Last year Dream-A-Way helped nearly 2000 people to enjoy a very special experience including over 300 taken on wonderful days out, over 1200 guests given caravan holidays at the beautiful Devon seaside and more than 100 people have fulfilled their Dream Holiday. As we move forward in 2017 after another record breaking year for our team, we have many exciting events to suit everyone.



0303 303 0145 / 
Expert care and respite holidays for disabled people and carers in the UK. 3 centres available in Chigwell (London), Southampton and Southport, financial assistance available


Holiday Websites:                                                                             



Bid – Be Involved Devon 

Ed Coutts (East, Mid and Northern Devon, Devonwide) 01392 201218
Charlotte Hubbard (Exeter and Devonwide) 01392 201218
BID is the mental health engagement partner for Healthwatch Devon and this bulletin will keep you updated on involvement opportunities locally, regionally and nationally.  We also include other news and events of relevance


Made-Well Newsletter

01837 810584 or


ROC Newsletters

01803 868550 / 


Total Communication NOW Newsletter

United Response – 020 8246 5200 /
Postcards from the Edge and Easy News