NAS Furness Branch Open Day

Furness Branch National Autistic Society are holding an open day on Thursday 26th October at the Holiday Inn, Barrow-in-Furness.

The afternoon session from 1.00pm to 4.00pm is primarily for professionals and organisations that engage with autistic people and their families. It will be an opportunity to meet the local NAS branch, share autism good practice, hear about the NAS offer to autism practitioners and network with fellow professionals.

The evening session from 6.00pm to 8.00pm is more community based for autistic people and their families and anyone with an interest in autism. It will be a chance to share the expertise and knowledge gained from the lived experience of autism. We will discuss what is working and what needs to improve in the Furness area.

Local self-help groups and organisations are already doing a lot for autism. The NAS wants our local branch to build on and support their work and campaign for enhanced provision.

We also want to build support for the It’s Time to Act campaign in order to speed up the progress of the draft Mental Health Bill which proposes vital changes to the Mental Health Act, including:

  • changing the definition of “mental disorder” in the Mental Health Act meaning autistic people and people with a learning disability who do not have an accompanying mental health condition can’t be detained under section 3
  • introducing a duty for councils to provide enough of the right community services to prevent autistic people and people with a learning disability from reaching crisis point
  • making Care and Treatment Review actions enforceable, helping autistic people and people with a learning disability get discharged from hospitals sooner.

Furness Branch of the NAS was established 25 years ago but closed down during COVID.

We reformed the branch during World Autism Acceptance Week earlier this year.

The branch currently organises a monthly befriending group for autistic adults and is delivering autism awareness and understanding training to charities and other organisations in the Furness area.

For more information please contact us:

  • branch@nas.org.uk
  • 07825 995173Furness Branch National Autistic Society are holding an open day on Thursday 26th October at the Holiday Inn, Barrow-in-Furness.The afternoon session from 1.00pm to 4.00pm is primarily for professionals and organisations that engage with autistic people and their families. It will be an opportunity to meet the local NAS branch, share autism good practice, hear about the NAS offer to autism practitioners and network with fellow professionals.

    The evening session from 6.00pm to 8.00pm is more community based for autistic people and their families and anyone with an interest in autism. It will be a chance to share the expertise and knowledge gained from the lived experience of autism. We will discuss what is working and what needs to improve in the Furness area.

    Local self-help groups and organisations are already doing a lot for autism. The NAS wants our local branch to build on and support their work and campaign for enhanced provision.

    We also want to build support for the It’s Time to Act campaign in order to speed up the progress of the draft Mental Health Bill which proposes vital changes to the Mental Health Act, including:

    • changing the definition of “mental disorder” in the Mental Health Act meaning autistic people and people with a learning disability who do not have an accompanying mental health condition can’t be detained under section 3
    • Furness Branch National Autistic Society are holding an open day on Thursday 26th October at the Holiday Inn, Barrow-in-Furness.The afternoon session from 1.00pm to 4.00pm is primarily for professionals and organisations that engage with autistic people and their families. It will be an opportunity to meet the local NAS branch, share autism good practice, hear about the NAS offer to autism practitioners and network with fellow professionals.

      The evening session from 6.00pm to 8.00pm is more community based for autistic people and their families and anyone with an interest in autism. It will be a chance to share the expertise and knowledge gained from the lived experience of autism. We will discuss what is working and what needs to improve in the Furness area.

      Local self-help groups and organisations are already doing a lot for autism. The NAS wants our local branch to build on and support their work and campaign for enhanced provision.

      We also want to build support for the It’s Time to Act campaign in order to speed up the progress of the draft Mental Health Bill which proposes vital changes to the Mental Health Act, including:

      • changing the definition of “mental disorder” in the Mental Health Act meaning autistic people and people with a learning disability who do not have an accompanying mental health condition can’t be detained under section 3
      • introducing a duty for councils to provide enough of the right community services to prevent autistic people and people with a learning disability from reaching crisis point
      • making Care and Treatment Review actions enforceable, helping autistic people and people with a learning disability get discharged from hospitals sooner.

      Furness Branch of the NAS was established 25 years ago but closed down during COVID.

      We reformed the branch during World Autism Acceptance Week earlier this year.

      The branch currently organises a monthly befriending group for autistic adults and is delivering autism awareness and understanding training to charities and other organisations in the Furness area.

      For more information please contact us:

      a duty for councils to provide enough of the right community services to prevent autistic people and people with a learning disability from reaching crisis point

    • making Care and Treatment Review actions enforceable, helping autistic people and people with a learning disability get discharged from hospitals sooner.

    Furness Branch of the NAS was established 25 years ago but closed down during COVID.

    We reformed the branch during World Autism Acceptance Week earlier this year.

    The branch currently organises a monthly befriending group for autistic adults and is delivering autism awareness and understanding training to charities and other organisations in the Furness area.

    For more information please contact us:


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