Welcome to Nas Thurrock, NAS Thurrock Group launched in September 2015 and is run on a voluntary basis by parents, carers of children on the autism spectrum. We hold monthly support groups for parents and carers.

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated. The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and build a society that works for autistic people.

We also provide a number of activities for both families and children on the autism spectrum. The Group volunteers raise awareness of autism, support and encourage the development of autism services in Thurrock.

Income to provide social activities and resources are raised by local parents, private donations and by applying for funding. We rely on volunteers to run the branch and welcome applications from people in the local area who would like to help out with our activities; raising awareness or running support group sessions (e.g. in local schools). We also organise workshops, speakers, and other activities to make information, advice, and support more accessible for all.

There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.

* NAS Thurrock does not endorse or recommend any services, products or therapy approaches



For some people, shopping centres can be a stressful experience. If you see, hear, or feel the world in a different way, we'll be making simple steps to improve the shopping experience for our customers throughout the year with our Quiet Hours.From autism to dementia, this hour is for anyone who prefers a more quiet setting within intu Lakeside. We'll turn down the music, dim the lights, and our staff will be on hand with guides to the centre that may be of use. Our Quiet Hours will run on the first Monday of every month from 4pm-5pm. Quiet Hour dates 2020

Quiet Hour dates 2020

Monday 6th January

Monday 3rd February

Monday 2nd March

Monday 6th April

Monday 4th May

Monday 1st June

Monday 6th July

Monday 3rd August

Monday 7th September

Monday 5th October

Monday 2nd November

Monday 7th December

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Going Out - during the coronavirus pandemic
NAS have created a document to assist you when you are outside. If anyone challenges you about why you are out, show them this document. It will explain that you are respecting the Government's rules, as you are able to go out more than once a day and travel beyond your local area to do so, because you’re autistic. You can print this out or download it to your mobile phone, so you can take it with you when you, or the person you care for, go out.

Press here to download your FREE pdf book of I'm Going To School" by Nikki Saunders.

Download our I am Autistic Card. It's a useful resource for you to let other people know you are autistic and that you may need some extra time or help in certain situations

Download ‘My Health Passport’ is a resource for autistic people who might need hospital treatment.