The Harrogate and District Branch was set up by a group of parents from the area who shared concerns over lack of support, resources, and information about services for themselves and their children. They were joined by others who had been through similar and often more difficult experiences, whose offspring were by then adults.

The group ran under the umbrella of Carer’s Resource in Harrogate for about a year before affiliating to the NAS as  in March 2007. The Branch now includes families affected by both Aspergers and Autism, across a whole range of difficulties, abilities and age ranges.

We plan to continue our campaigning to improve support for children from pre-school through school education, and develop more support for individuals and families affected by Autistic Spectrum Conditions in adulthood.

The Branch is run entirely by volunteers. It receives no funding from the NAS, all activities are funded via fundraising.


The Branch now has a Facebook page:

Springboard Youth Club

Springboard Youth Club is a specialist youth club for young people with High Functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome. Term-time sessions are on Tuesday evenings and holiday sessions on Wednesdays. Age from Year Six. 


The Branch runs an annual conference which has grown in size year on year attracting national and international speakers. We consider the conference a critical part of our aim to raise autism awareness locally. The popularity of our conference shows there is a real need for autism training and information, not just among parents, but among schools and professionals. We ask for a minimum donation to cover costs at a fraction of what it would cost to hear the same speakers at commercially run conferences.

Information Line: 07824 473871

Call a local parent volunteer for information and signposting on local issues and services. Or fill out the online form on the Contact page.

Mailing List

If you want to receive our newsletter of local events please email nasharrogatebranch@nas.org.uk

Photo of Committee with Kathy Letter

Photo of Committee at NAS Autism Professional Awards 2014 with Kathy Lette.