Autism Groups

PAWS project

If there is a child with autism in your family, or autism concerns you from a personal or professional perspective, the PAWS project could well have a big impact.

PAWS has grown from the work of Dogs for the Disabled, an innovative charity that has developed the training of assistance dogs to work effectively with children with autism. In the course of that work it was observed that there is a special chemistry between the dog and the child, the dog having an incredible calming effect when a child with autism is angry, anxious or distressed. They can distract a child away from disruptive or dangerous behaviour and create a space for the parent or carer to take control of a situation. These observations led them to believe that whilst for some there will always be a need for a fully trained assistance dog, a well trained family pet dog can also have a massively beneficial impact.
PAWS has been set up by Dogs for the Disabled, to bring together the parents and carers of children with autism to share experiences and to explore the helping potential that a pet dog might have within their family.
Through the PAWS project you can also meet other people who may be facing the same challenges as you, so go along to their workshops,  held at your local Dogs Trust centre in Huyton,  and learn more.  Find out about the types of dog that might suit your family and how to train them to help you with the caring role.

Open to both dog owners and those without pet dogs.

Open to parents of children aged between 3-16 years, with a clinical diagnosis of autism.

Contact: 0151 480 0660

Dogs Trust Merseyside

Whiston Lane


L36 6HP


Parent Interest Group

Parent Interest Group is a support group run by June & Babs for Parents, Grandparents & Carers of children with Autism, ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome and other social and communications difficulties across Liverpool. We meet up once a month, everyone is welcome and occasionally we have invited speakers in to talk to the parents such as Speech and Language therapists, Mencap, Dental nurses,and other professionals.

The group meets once a month on a Wednesday morning from 9.30am – 11.30am during term time.  Date for the next group meeting is 8 April 2015 for more details contact –

Contact: June Ardrey

Telephone: 07837098625


The Autism and Asperger Society

A social drop in group for adults (aged 18+) with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in St Helens and the surrounding areas.


  • Make friends and improve social skills
  • Live independently
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