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Action for ASD


We offer services to children, young people and adults with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Action for ASD has been successful in developing a number of different services and projects and can offer a comprehensive support framework from pre diagnosis and beyond for both children and adults. The group has a strong membership from individuals with a diagnosis of ASC, their families, carers and members of the professional network in the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen area (Adults services).

With the right support people with Autism can live meaningful and productive lives.

Action for ASD strives to provide such support.

Information Sessions in Blackburn

Wednesday 13th March 2019  Time: 10-1pm

Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service, Greenhurst Place, Blackburn BB2 1NA  


Thursday’s 2019: 7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 5th Sept, 3rd Oct, 7th Nov, 5th Dec  Time: 1-3pm

The sessions are free and, if you feel you would like some support, you can attend the appointment with a parent/carer/support worker or friend.

Please book a 45 minute appointment in advance by contacting the children’s service on 01282 415455 or emailing

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Family Support

Within Blackburn with Darwen, families with an autistic child or young person can get support from a Family Support Worker with the Burnley bassed charity Action for ASD. General support, information, advice, training and practical ideas are available.

Families can get help during and after the diagnosis process:

  • Support sessions at the CVS Boulevard Centre in Blackburn, though home visits can be arranged in exceptional circumstances. 
  • Autism Training (Cygnet Course) - a parenting support programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged 5-18 with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Attending the Cygnet course gives parents and carers an opportunity to learn more about ASD and develop practical strategies to managing behaviour.

Topics covered during the course include: overview of the condition, sensory issues, communication, understanding and managing behaviour. It is a 6 weeks course, with a session taking place each week.

If you would like to attend the Cygnet course please contact us:

  • Action for ASD also provide puberty, sexual wellbeing & relationships training & supporting siblings courses throughout East Lancashire & BwD.

Residents of Blackburn with Darwen can also use services and sessions at the Autism Resource Centre in Queen Street, Harle Syke in Burnley:

  • Children's Service Coffee Morning on Fridays at least once a month 11.00am to 1.00pm Call 01282 415455 to confirm dates and times.
  • Play sessions for all age groups to 25 years old. Call the Burnley office to check times etc.
  • Siblings Support Workshops: one session a month on a Friday, 5.00pm to 7.00. Please contact the Burnley office for more information.
  • Post Cygnet Training Courses: Healthy Mind, Sibling Course, Puberty, Sexual Wellbeing and Relationships, Social Skills
  • Post-diagnosis training for parents of children and young people who have been recently referred for an assessment for ASK and also for parents whose children and young people have been recently diagnosed with Autism. A free 2 hour workshop for parents who are struggling to cope with the diagnosis process. Take away ideas strategies and resources. 20th March 2019, 10.00am-12.00 noon, Friday 22nd March 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm; Friday 5th April 2109, 1.00pm - 3.00pm; Wednesday 22nd May 1.00pm - 3.00pm; Monday 17th June 6.00pm - 8pm; Friday 21st June 10am - 12.00 noon Bookings via our Burnley office.

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Adult Services

The Adult Project, which commenced in 2011 has developed and grown considerably over years and is a well respected and valued service in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

The project is focused on adults with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism aged 16 years and above who live in the East Lancashire area and Blackburn with Darwen.  The Adult Project offers a range of support for adults from one to one low level support, adult social groups, social events and drop in sessions.

Action for ASD are also the specialist providers for all adults who are seeking a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. This part of the project has also developed dramatically over the last few years and is now a well established service for the NHS.

Our Adults Social Group meets in Blackburn on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at Ivy St Community Centre, Ivy Close, Blackburn, BB2 3RR  6.00pm to 8.00pm

Please Note: Very occasionally, social group sessions may need to be cancelled due to bad weather or reasons out of our control. We will endeavour to notify active members. Please check the Action for ASD website to confirm sessions are running.

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Understanding Your Diagnosis - Post diagnostic support sessions running every Monday ofr 6 weeks.  The first set starts on 18th March 2019, 1.00pm - 3.00pm, and will run throughout the year.  For more information and to book a place call 01282 415455.

Benefit Workshops


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Wednesdays:  27th March, 29th May, 24th July, 25th September, 27th November 10.00am -2.30pm

Burnley Fire Station, BB10 3AA

Call 01282 415455 for more information

Ladies Support Group

Ladies only support sessions for our female member, aged 16+ with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA).

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 10.00am to 12.00 noon

Action for ASD in Burnley. Call 01282 415455

Diagnosis for Aspergers

Action for ASD is funded to provide a diagnostic service to adults (from age 16).

We can also arrange for private assessments to take place at our cantre.

For more information, please call 01282 415455 ext 4 or email

Counselling Service

After your diagnosis, Action ASD can refer you to a specialist counselling service to help you to understand the diagnosis: Understanding Autism.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Hutz
Contact Position
Family Support Worker
01282 415455 (ext 1)

Where to go

Office address: CVS Boulevard Centre
45, Railway Road

(building is to the left of railway station)

Other Details


Referral Details

No Referral needed. 

Need to complete a membership form.

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Telephone
01282 415455 extension 1, and leave a message for Karen Hutz
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
11-16 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type