Autism support group for the whole family

High-Functioning Trafford

4th October 2021 announcement. Please note that this support group has now permanently closed.

Our jargon buster and useful resources pages are still available, whilst this website lasts, for those who may find them useful. Note that they have not been checked for current accuracy and were written before coronavirus.

We were a parent-led non-profit group based in Trafford, Greater Manchester, providing support for familes with autistic children by holding regular social events where the children (including any siblings) could have fun together without being judged, whilst parents can chat with others who understand their situation.

Monthly family meet-ups

For the 6 years prior to coronavirus we have been holding a once a month drop-in meet-up on a Sunday, at The Fuse in Partington, where the whole family is welcome. Parents can chat and support each other while the children can solcialise and make use of equipment available.

We sometimes invite professionals along to talk to parents, e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, researchers and for the children we have previously organised for animals to be brought in, sporting activities or wood craft activities. If  you are on our e-mail mailing list you will always be warned in advance about any special activities taking place.

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Without kids meet ups

We usually meet alternate months in a cafe, during the day during school hours, just for parents to have a chat over coffee if they can make it. The venue varies to hopefully make it easier for different people to attend. We regularly meet for coffee in Urmston, Sale, Altrincham and Chorlton. We also do mums meals out to a restaurant, in the evening, during the week.

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Childrens activities

Each month we try to run an additional activity for the kids to take part in together (they must be accompanied by an adult). Some activities we’ve done in the past include trampolining, climbing, chocolate making, pizza making at Pizza Express, tours of places e.g. the BBC and CBeebies, barge trip. The kids get to have fun doing something they enjoy, possibly learning a new skill, whilst having the opportunity to socialise with other children. It’s also another opportunity for the parents to talk together and watch – or sometimes to join in!

We also run weekly karate lessons, during term time, at Sale Dojo for any children who want to learn.

Old events

Some of the activities our group used to do!

Pizza Making

Our February activity was Pizza making at Timperley Food Studios. After Avril explained why food hygiene is so important and everyone had washed their hands and put on their aprons …

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Sky High Climbing

Our November 2019 activity was a trip to Sky High Adventure for their clip ‘n’ climb! It was HFT’s first time visiting as a group and all went smoothly. They …


Providing feedback on local health services

Earlier this year a representative from Healthwatch Trafford visited our monthly meet-up at The Fuse to ask us questions and gather/record our experiences of the health services (particularly CAMHS) in …

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All Aboard for a barge trip

Today some of our members enjoyed a fantastic afternoon sailing along the Bridgewater Canal from Stretford Marina to Eccles via Barton Aquaduct. Everyone enjoyed sitting on deck in the glorious …