Autism Support Group, Solihull

SASSI is an Autism Support Group for parents/guardians of children or young people with an autistic spectrum disorder. All are welcome whether there has been a diagnosis or there is one pending. We offer a social opportunity to talk to parents in the same situation and an opportunity to talk informally to a variety of professionals. There is a formal talk on a variety of subjects suggested by parents. We meet every month in a primary school hall; the location changes each time.

SASSI Committee

Autism Events in Solihull

We hold fund raising and activities as well as social events for adults and children. We have close links to Autism West Midlands and the National Autistic Society.

Please go to our
Facebook page
for details of our next meeting

Committee Update!

Next Committee meeting - 23rd September

At The Wilson Arms, Knowle, 7.30pm.


Goodbye and thank you

Goodbye and thank you to Tom Bradshaw for etting up and maintaining the SASSI website. He is going travelling for a year so we will be changing the site soon. Please look at our Facebook page for details of future meetings for the time being.

Kevin Baskerville on Anxiety Issues and ASD Stress Bucket

Kevin Baskerville will be running a session about Anxiety Issues and ASD Stress on Wednesday, January 15th at Widney Junior School, Solihull.

Troubled Aspie Teens

Alex Evans from Optimism in Autism will be running the session 'Troubled Aspie Teens' at Kingshurt Academy CTC on Thursday, February 27th

Strategies at home and school from SISS

This session will be run at Sharman's Cross Junior School on Tuesday March 18th.

For more info, check our facebook page, or contact Jan Bradshaw - 0121 770 6267

Asperger’s into Volunteering

Do you have Asperger syndrome? Are you over 18 years old? Not in education or employment? Want to use your talents and interests? Want to do something worthwhile? Want to gain work experience? Want to develop your self-awareness and confidence?

Yes? Then volunteering could be for you!

We have great links with organisations in Solihull seeking volunteers in a wide range of activities. Let us help you find an ideal opportunity. To find out more contact: Maureen Shepherd Email:
Text or phone: 07789 935212
Or visit

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Please click on one of the links if you would like to download the SASSI Accounts and the Annual Report from the chair.

SASSI Accounts
Annual Report

Other autism west midlands
Dimensions - Our comment on the Draft Care & Support Bill report & Social Care Charter reopened

19th March 2013. Today the Joint Committee for Draft Care and Support Bill presented their report.

Commenting on the Committee’s report on the Draft Care and Support Bill, Steve Scown, Chief Executive Officer of Dimensions said:

"The report highlights the number of ways in which the proposed reforms to social care must be improved so that people who are vulnerable receive high quality support at the right time, in the right place and in the right way for them. With the most significant reform in decades, there is a great opportunity to transform an outdated, reactive, process-led system into a social support network that works in partnership to deliver support that is personal and actively focused on what people can do not what they can’t. But this requires a complete shift in commissioning culture, social care delivery and earlier and better engagement of people requiring support and their loved ones.

People we support with learning disabilities and autism have told us how important having choice and control over their lives is to them and articulated this in a charter they produced. They want to have a voice, to have control over their support funding, be able to participate in the community and enjoy greater independence."

To mark the publication of this report, we are re-launching our Social Care Charter which has now been re-opened to the public.

We had lots of support on the charter in 2012 and earlier this year - if you didn't get involved last time read our charter in full and make your pledge today!

Head to our Facebook and Twitter pages to join the conversation and share your views.

Face2Face - Are you the parent of a child with a disability or special need?

Face2Face offers emotional support to parents of children who have been recognised as having a disability or special need.

We link parents of disabled children with local parent befrienders. This can be at the time of diagnosis, or during any time of stress.

We have recently launched a new service, a parent’s group aimed at parents of children with emotional, social and behaviour related difficulties, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, OCD, challenging behaviour.  The group will be facilitated by the Face2Face Co-ordinator and 2 befrienders, giving parents the chance to discuss the problems they face, as well as an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation in a relaxed, informal environment.

The group meets at Chapel Fields Children’s Centre, Lyndon Road, Olton, B92 7QF from 10.00 until 12.00, on the following dates:
May 14th, June 11th and July 9th 2013
There will be crèche facilities available, advance booking will be required. A buffet lunch will be provided.

For more information or to reserve a place, please contact:
Joanne Bussey, Face 2 Face Co-ordinator
Telephone: 0121 444 8584, Mobile: 07772 010 685
E mail:

Face2Face foundation training programme

To help us meet the needs of the high number of referrals we are receiving and help to support more parents of children with special needs in Solihull we will be running another Face2Face foundation training programme, starting after February half term. The course consists of one day per week for 10 weeks (school hours, term time only, expenses paid), delivered within a quality, structured and monitored scheme. They are currently recruiting parents who would like to become volunteers.

Any parents who have a child with special needs in Solihull, who is 2 years post diagnosis (or post realisation of difference if there is no diagnosis), who would have a lot to offer other parents travelling a similar journey to them, please contact:

Joanne Bussey (Face2Face Coordinator for Solihull)
Telephone: 0121 444 8584
Mobile: 07772010685