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Support for Living with Autism

Support Services

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society works to transform lives by providing support, information and advice to autistic adults and children in the UK. They also provide support and information for families and carers.

Adults with Autism service - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Adults with Autism service provides information and support for adults with an autism diagnosis.

Service users have access to a multi-disciplinary team which includes medical, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy practitioners. Specialist social work support is also available from the team or from our local authority partners.

Wakefield Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board

The board helps to make sure that the needs of people with a learning disability, and who live in Wakefield, are met. They meet every two months at 10.30am at Sandal Rugby Club.

The Curly Hair Project

The Curly Hair Project is an organisation that helps people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them. It was founded by autistic author Alis Rowe. 


Local Groups in Wakefield

Wakefield Support Groups

There is a Lift Up Friends learning disability group on Tuesdays and a WAVE Autism group on Thursdays. Both groups are now run by Together for Mental Wellbeing. 

There is also an Autism Directory that includes links to useful websites that provide information, advice and resources.


Some libraries across the district include an Autism Book Resource for all ages, and they have acoustic seating available to block our noise. You can find you local library here.

Sports and fitness

You can find a list of sports and fitness activities around the district on the Wakefield Council's website here.

Wakefield Autism Leisure Club (W.A.L.C)

Wakefield Autism Leisure Club is a small sports club that caters for people with autism and learning disabilities. They have a range of activities such as: swimming, bowls, and football.


Luv2meetU is a local club for people with learning disabilities and autism. It gives you the chance to meet new people and make friends.

You can find the contact details so you can get involved here.

Wakefield Discovery College run short courses and one off workshops across the whole of the Wakefield district to support you to; understand and manage health conditions, find new skills and interests, build strengths and inner resources, engage in physical activity and become an expert in your own self-care.

The Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College and Wakefield Discovery College have been developed in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff, volunteers, people with lived experiences of mental and physical ill health and with organisations across the Wakefield district and the surrounding areas.


Help with finding employment

The National Autistic Society have a guide for autistic people looking for or applying for a job. It includes whether or not you should disclose your autism diagnosis to a potential employer and local support that we offer. 

Seeking work-autistic adults (

Welcome to the Restart Scheme
We’re here to help you get back into work.  

Whether you’re a young person looking for your first job, a career professional looking to move into a new sector, or a lone parent needing flexibility to look after your family, our team of experts have the training and expertise you need to take the next steps.  

We work across the UK, delivering a range of employment and skills support programmes, and are delighted to be delivering the Restart Scheme to you in South and West, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

Click here to find out more. 

Scope have lots of information and advice for people with disabilities to find paid employment.

Find more at Scope. 

The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) has information to help you in your search for the right job, whatever your disability.

Help with managing your money

Offered by in association with the National Autistic Society, the training covers a wide range of money-related topics and can be completed in one visit or accessed section by section over as many visits as required.

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Last updated: 10/3/2022