Dash.

Swindon’s charity for people with autism

Empowering people to live happier, independent and fulfilled lives.

DASH provides information and support to people with Autism related needs to socialise, access other agencies including social services, employment, housing, benefits, advocacy, debt, counselling & the NHS. 

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What We Do

DASH provides a ranges of services and support to help adults on the Autistic spectrum navigate the challenges of life.

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What we offer

An information and advice service for adults with autism.  This includes information about housing, welfare rights, employment, health, and debt. We also offer advice to parents and families of children on the autistic spectrum.

A personalised series of one to one discussions, where we will listen to you and help you understand your condition.  This can cover difficulties you may have including behaviour, relationships, sensory overload and strategies for coping in a noisy world. 

Service Opening Times:

Sanford House drop in Tuesday afternoons 1pm – 3pm and Thursday afternoons 2pm – 4pm (no appointment needed). Appointments by telephoning 07554 665715 Or download a referral here and email contact@dashswindon.com

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Social Groups

Young adult's group

The group meets every Monday evening between 6pm and 9pm. There are plenty activities to socialise or sit quietly reading a book or listening to music. During the summer months we like to run a barbeque afternoon and when there is enough interest, a trip to the coast. Group meetings are hosted by DASH staff and volunteers.

Women's group

The group meets every Monday evening between 6pm and 9pm. There are plenty activities to socialise or sit quietly reading a book or listening to music. During the summer months we like to run a barbeque afternoon and when there is enough interest, a trip to the coast. Group meetings are hosted by DASH staff and volunteers.

Allotment group

The group meets every Monday evening between 6pm and 9pm. There are plenty activities to socialise or sit quietly reading a book or listening to music. During the summer months we like to run a barbeque afternoon and when there is enough interest, a trip to the coast. Group meetings are hosted by DASH staff and volunteers.

Men's group

Meeting every other Wednesday afternoon, the group is for men, of any age, to socialise and take part in practical activities and games. Group meetings are run by a DASH Member of Staff or volunteer and are a safe place to meet other people.

Allotment group

Meeting every other Wednesday afternoon, the group is for men, of any age, to socialise and take part in practical activities and games. Group meetings are run by a DASH Member of Staff or volunteer and are a safe place to meet other people.

Monthly adult's group

Meeting every other Wednesday afternoon, the group is for men, of any age, to socialise and take part in practical activities and games. Group meetings are run by a DASH Member of Staff or volunteer and are a safe place to meet other people.

Social Groups

Young adult's (18-30) social group

The group meets every Monday evening between 6pm and 8pm. There are plenty activities to socialise or sit quietly reading a book or listening to music. During the summer months we like to run a barbeque afternoon and when there is enough interest, a trip to the coast. Contact us to make a referral to the group or download the referral form here.

DASH Group

The group currently meets on alternate Thursdays between 12 midday and 2pm and does a range of activities including crafts, speakers, exercise etc.  In the good weather some outdoor activities take place depending on what the group wishes to do. Contact us to make a referral to the group or download the referral form here

Wednesday Group

Meeting every other Wednesday afternoon, the group is for people, of any age, to socialise and take part in practical activities and games. In the summer outings and other activities may be arranged. Contact us to make a referral to the group or download the referral form here. .

Monthly Walking Group

This group is a mixed gender group meeting every month for a walk on a Saturday. It is generally an easy trail for which no special equipment is needed although we advise sturdy shoes, a waterproof coat and a rucksack to contact a drink and snack. Contact us to make a referral to the group or download the referral form here.

Chat Group

This is a group for people who may identify as LGBTQI+ and meet on alternate Thursdays between 2.15 and 4.00pm. The group is facilitated but is a social group that meet to chat and talk to each other. Contact us to make a referral to the group or download the referral form here.

Events

This year we will be running a free conference in Haydon Wick. There will be speakers who will cover a range of issues about autism.  It will also give people an opportunity to learn about other services and meet people in a friendly environment. If you would like more information please contact info@dashswindon.com 

Volunteering

DASH welcomes volunteers to help run our social groups, provide a buddy service and assist in other tasks.  If you would like to volunteer, please Contact us.

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Help and Support

Here are some emergency numbers and links to resources that may be helpful.

Crisis Lines

DASH is not an emergency/crisis service. In a crisis you may find the following telephone numbers helpful.

Emergencies

999

NHS

111

Swindon Intensive Team

01793 836820

Samaritans

116123

Adult Safeguarding Team

Working hours — 01793 463555
Emergency/out of hours— 01793 436699

What is autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that may cause difficulties with communication.  People may find social situations difficult and have problems understanding what others are thinking.   They will sometimes find lights or noise to be difficult to cope with.  The National Autistic Society website gives more information here

Diagnosis

People with autism can be diagnosed at any age.  To find out more select here.

Mental health

Autism can be challenging and sometimes people will experience depression and anxiety. We can refer you to a counsellor who specialises in autism.  Please contact us here

More information about mental health and autism here

Employment

If you are finding work difficult we may be able to help. Employers may need help to provide you with the right conditions to do your job so contact us here

The National Autism Society Autism at Work Programme can be found here. They also run a free training course Finding Employment.

Advice Services Directory

The following support and advice services are all located in Stanford House, Stanford Street, Swindon.

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