Serendipity Social Groups

Small, social groups led by members and facilitated by volunteers

Autism Hampshire Serendipity Social groups are for adults on the autism spectrum. The groups were started in response to requests for more social opportunities and the chance to meet other people on the autism spectrum. Most groups are free to attend and provide a safe, friendly environment to share interests and meet new people.

Autism Hampshire provides support and co-ordination for the groups, through our group coordinator. The groups are mostly facilitated by one or two volunteers, some of whom started as group members themselves. The ethos of the groups is that they are led by members, and many group members choose to take an active role in organising or supporting their group in some way.

What the groups do is determined by the interests of its members, for example some enjoy board games, cards, chess or scrabble, many enjoy quizzes, some invite guest speakers while others prefer just to chat or nominate topics for discussion/debate. The groups often organise other activities such as bowling, meals out or cinema trips. Some are shared interest groups such as the Mayflower and Nuffield Theatre groups.

Serendipity Social Group Coordinator: Kathryn Cornish

Contact Details: Tel: 078 23344302, Email:

June 2019

July 2019

Aug 2019

Sept 2019

Aldershot Wellbeing Centre

Monday 2-4pm

3, 17

1, 15, 29

Aldershot Game Shop

Monday 2-4pm

10, 24

8, 22

Eastleigh Wellbeing Centre

Friday 2-4pm

7, 21


Fareham, Highlands Hub Cafe

Wednesday 10-11.30am

5, 12, 19, 26

3, 10. 17, 24, 31

Park Gate, Village Inn Pub

Monday 7-9pm

3, 17

1, 15, 29

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Tuesday 11am-12.30pm




Nuffield City Theatre Café, Southampton

Saturday 11am -12.30pm


St James Park, Southampton

Tuesday 11am - 1pm

4, 18


Walking Group Southampton

Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm


12, 26


6, 20

Winchester, various café/pubs in Winchester Centre

Tuesday 2-3.30pm

4, 18

2, 16, 30

Always contact the Serendipity coordinator to check the group schedule and let them know you are planning to attend, as dates can change. Group facilitators find it helpful to know to expect a new person.

The Serendipity coordinator is available by email or telephone to answer any questions you may have about the groups. If you prefer a face to face meeting, this can generally be arranged on request. We can arrange for you to meet with a volunteer or group member before attending a new group, if it helps you to find out more about the group before you attend.

You do not to have a formal diagnosis or need to show any proof of diagnosis when you attend. Many group members bring someone for moral support, particularly at first. Our groups are inclusive and welcoming. However, if you have high supervision and support needs when accessing activities in the community, please contact the coordinator to discuss further. When you start to attend a group they will ask for a way to contact you, so that they can let you know about group dates and activities. This might be an email or a mobile phone number. It is not essential that you provide this.

Email Information Share - The Serendipity coordinator will share regular news about groups and events via email. If you would like to receive the emails please email the coordinator to ask to be added to the list. Please note that your email will only be used for Serendipity information, will not be shared with other group members and you can ask to be removed from the list at any time.

Autism Hampshire Facebook Page - Weekly posts about the Serendipity groups are shared on our Facebook page, as well as other local autism related information:

Expression of Interest for New Groups - If you cannot see a group which would suit you, we keep an ‘expression of interest’ list for people who have specific interests or geographical areas where they would like to see a group. Let the coordinator know your ideas/needs and we will use this information to guide future group development.

Autism Hampshire are organising an outdoor activity morning at Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre in Southampton, for Hampshire adults who are on the autism spectrum. Please note you do not have to be a current Serendipity group member to attend – we welcome new people.

Woodmill is in a lovely setting by a lake and under the trees. We will be doing archery and then using their safe lake for kayaking. Katacanoes are also available for people who want a more stable boat which 2 people can use. I will be there to support and for those who would like you can bring a packed lunch and we can also gather after the activities to have our lunch under the trees. The group will be small, the centre is fully accessible and all equipment is provided.

For more information about the centre:

Date: Friday 21st June 2019

Activity Time: 10am-1pm

Lunch (optional): 1-2pm

Venue: Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, Woodmill Lane, Southampton, SO18 2JR

Cost: £10 per person

If you would like to come, please complete this simple form to request a space. I will then confirm your booking. Do let me know if you need the booking form in another format.


Anyone who needs to bring somebody to support them is very welcome to do so, free of charge. However if the additional person wants to take part in the activities then they will need to book a place at the full cost of £10 and this will only be possible if we have spare places.

I will provide full details of what to bring etc. when I confirm your booking. All equipment is provided.

We would like to invite you to join us for some walks over the summer months – a chance to get a bit fitter and enjoy a social activity at the same time. Please let me know if you plan to attend.

The group will meet and walk for up to an hour, with a few rests and a shorter route for those who need it. Then we can gather at the café for a cool drink and a chat and for those who still have some energy perhaps a game such as boules.

We have chosen Southampton Sports Centre for the first walks, as this is easy walking with safe pathways, although there are some sloped paths. Then we can discuss other possible walks for the remaining dates and hopefully future dates if people are interested.

Time: 10.30 meet

10.40 – 11.40 walk

11.40 - 12.30 cafe and social time

Main facilitator and contact: Kath Cornish

Level of walking: Walks will be easy to start with, while we get to know everyone’s walking ability.


14th June 2019 – meet Southampton Sports Centre by The View Bar (S016 7AY, Thornhill Road)

12th July 2019 - meet Southampton Sports Centre by The View Bar (S016 7AY, Thornhill Road)

26th July 2019 - meet Southampton Sports Centre by The View Bar (S016 7AY, Thornhill Road)

9th August – meet point to be confirmed

6th September – meet point to be confirmed

20th September – meet point to be confirmed

All you will need are some comfy shoes like trainers and perhaps a water bottle. After the walk, if people want to we can stop in the cafe for a drink, so bring a bit of money.

Meets fortnightly on Monday 2-4pm, Venue Aldershot Wellbeing Centre, 121-123 Victoria Road, Aldershot, GU11 1JN

Facilitated by our volunteer Dan who is on the autism spectrum and an Autism Hampshire staff member.The group meet in the Solent Mind building in a café /open meeting area. Teas, coffees and cold drinks are available for a small donation.

Are you interested in playing tabletop games? Here's your chance to get involved with a new group who will be meeting up to play tabletop role playing games and board games.

When most people hear board games they probably think of things like scrabble and monopoly, but board games have come a long way since 1948 (scrabble) and 1902 (monopoly). In recent years there has been a board games resurgence, and now there are games of various depths to suit all tastes.

In a tabletop role playing game all of the players assume the roles of different characters and are guided around a fantasy world by a Game (or Dungeon) Master. The Game Master describes the world to the players, and acts as the other characters in this world. Whenever there is a conflict of any sort it is resolved through a roll of the die.

We will be meeting fortnightly on Mondays from 2 pm-4 pm at The Games Shop in Aldershot to play tabletop role playing games and board games, although other tabletop games will be considered depending on the demand. The first session will take place on the 11th of March. There is a cost of £2-3 per person, per week, dependent on the game. This is a fee charged by the game shop for use of their space and is payable on the day (no advance booking needed). It's £3 each when we are playing board games (including use of the games in the shop) and £2 each when we are playing role playing games.

The group is open to players of all experience levels whether you have never played a tabletop game in your life or you are a die hard tabletop gamer, come along and give it a try. We have a potential opportunity to have a Serendipity group multi sports session in Southampton. Active Nation currently offer this session as an open session, but would be willing to make this a Serendipity, autism only group, if we can get a group together. I think it would be really nice to get a more active group going, but need to see if there are a few people who would commit to come along. Do let me know if you are interested and share this widely with anyone who might be interested.

Meets fortnightly on Friday 2-4pm, Venue Eastleigh Wellbeing Centre, 111 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DS. This is 5 minutes walk from the main Eastleigh shopping centre. There is a limited amount of free parking available behind the centre.

Facilitated by our volunteer Marjory with lots of assistance from the group members. Autism Hampshire staff attend the group occasionally. The group meet in the Solent Mind building, where Solent Mind kindly offer them a free room. Teas, coffees and cold drinks can be made in the kitchen for a small donation.You are welcome to bring your own drinks. Some group members also regularly meet to play pool.

Meets weekly on Wednesdays, 10-11.30am, at Highlands Hub Café, Highlands Road, Fareham, PO15 6HZ. This is a 20-30 minute walk from Fareham centre and the train station, there is a bus service. There is free parking in front of the café.

Our volunteer for this group is Tina (who is on the autism spectrum). As the group meet in a café, members can buy hot drinks, cakes and sandwiches from the café. Please note that whilst it is not essential to buy food and drinks and you can bring your own water bottle, it is not acceptable to bring your own drinks and food into the café.

The group also arranges bowling and other social events.

This group meets at the Nuffield City Theatre cafe, on the third Saturday of each month unless there is a show, for a drink, chat, have quizzes, theatre tour, and see some shows. They welcome anyone who is interested in the theatre and in making new friends.

When you arrive at the theatre ask at reception for directions to the cafe.

This group is hosted by Pip and Dan who also support in the Mayflower group.

Venue: Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), NST City, 142 - 144 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU

Tyrrells Cafe/bar is upstairs - there is a lift.

The Mayflower group meets once a month at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This is a special interest theatre social group which meets monthly, normally on Tuesdays 11-12.30 pm, at the Mayflower Theatre Commercial Road, Southampton. Members usually meet in the foyer just before 11 am.

The group is run jointly by staff from the Mayflower ‘Engage’ team and Autism Hampshire volunteers. The group meet in one of the social spaces in the Mayflower and they enjoy a range of activities which might include a tour of the theatre, drama games, theatre related quizzes, singalong sessions and time to socialise. The group also, sometimes goes to see a show. A programme of activities is provided, so you will know which activity to expect each month. Tea and coffee is available at each session, with a suggested donation of 50p per drink, this is then used to support Autism Hampshire or the Mayflower charities.

The Autism Hampshire volunteers for the Mayflower group, are Dan and Pip, supported by Dawn. They will be there to make you feel welcome.

Pip and Dan also host the Nuffield City Theatre group and organise a range of theatre trips for group members.

Meets fortnightly on Mondays 7-9 pm, at The Village Inn Pub, Botley Road, Park Gate, SO31 1AZ . The group is facilitated by a member of staff from Autism Hampshire. The Village Inn is an easy 5 minute walk from Swanwick Railway Station and has a large free car park.

As the group meet in a pub, members can (and often do) buy a drink or meal. Whilst it is not essential to do this, it is not acceptable to bring your own drinks and food into the pub.

Meets fortnightly on Tuesdays 11-1pm, at St James' Park Community Room, Church Street Shirley Southampton, SO15 5LW. The Community Room is behind the café in St James' Park. There is free, but time limited parking around the park; check the signs carefully.

Facilitated by our volunteer Joanne who is on the autism spectrum and Marina who is the coordinator at St James' Park. Teas, coffees and cold drinks available to make and some food and drinks can be purchased in the café next door.

This group meets fortnightly on Tuesdya 2-3.30pm, at various cafes and pubs in Winchester Centre. This is a newly formed group, which is currently facilitated by the Serendipity co-ordinator (Kathryn). She sends an email out before each session to confirm the venue.

Other social groups for adults on the autism spectrum in Hampshire are listed on the Local Autism Directory under groups, clubs and forums:

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