Local carers' groups

Parkinson's UK - Newport support group

Two monthly meetings are held: 

Group Support meeting - Last Monday each month between 2.30pm and 4.30pm in Maesglas Community Centre, Bideford Road, Newport - with speakers or an activity. Contact the Group Co-Ordinator, Julie Evans on 07446630229 or [email protected] for details.

Parkinson’s Café - Second Friday each month between 2.15pm and 4.15pm in Maindee Library, Chepstow Road, Newport. A time to meet others with Parkinson’s and chat. Contact Ruth Smith 07966 754366  or email [email protected] for details.

Our aim is to give support and friendship to people who are living with Parkinson’s. For further information contact Penny on 07851 423264 or [email protected].

Disabled Supporters Association (DSA)

Supports disabled Newport County AFC supporters and their carers by providing match day wheelchairs, wheelchair covers, blankets and ear defenders (£5 deposit). 

A limited number of accessible car parking places can be reserved and the DSA can discuss and support with any worries you may have about attending matches.

Visit the DSA website.   

Chance Meetings Wales

A relaxed and friendly group of between 10 and 16 young adults with additional needs which offers a chance to make friends and socialise.  Play pool, snooker or table tennis, try arts and crafts, jigsaws or board games.

We try to cater for everyone's needs, meeting every Thursday at the Underwood community centre off Birch Grove, 6pm to 730pm with £3 payable at the start.

Email [email protected] or phone 07730 770194 for further details or visit http://chancemeetingswales.weebly.com/home.html

Groups for parent carers

Parents for Change and The Meet

Support for the parents and carers of disabled young people between 17 and 25 years. The group meets to discuss a wide range of issues such as health, education and daily living.

They meet on the first Tuesday of the month at St Thomas' Church, NP20 3AT, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Please note there are no meetings during the months of July, August and January.

Parents for Change also run a social group, The Meet, for disabled young adults between 17 to 25 years old. The Meet promotes friendship, social interaction and independence.

Contact Lisa by email [email protected] or call 07737 679824. 

Newport Autism Group

Newport Autism Group is as support group for parents, carers and grandparents of children or young people who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); whether diagnosed or waiting for a diagnosis.

We have a library of books, specifically to help in all areas relating to autism and ADHD; for the carers, the young people and their siblings.  We request a donation of £12 per year to enable us to continue to buy new books. The group will also purchase any requested books. Books are loaned-out for a one month period. Borrowers will be required to pay for replacing any lost or damaged books.

The NAG group meets every first Thursday of the month (during term-time), from 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock at the Serennu Centre. We meet for informal chats and listening to various guest speakers.


Hilary Leadbeater (Chairperson and parent of a child with ASD)

Phone - 0789 990 6344

Email - [email protected]



Dads group provides opportunities for dads and other male carers to meet up and socialise.

Meet every 2nd Saturday every month at the Serennu Centre between 10am – 12. Email [email protected] for more information.



If you are a young parent with a newly diagnosed autistic child or a parent to an autistic teenager or adult, then meet for a coffee monthly and chat with other parents and guest professionals.

Meet at the Riverfront Centre Newport. Contact 07477702339 for more information and to register or email [email protected]



If you’re supporting a child with ADHD or any other ND condition such as Autism, then you can join our peer support group. We have a Facebook group and we currently meet 3 times a month, during school term time. We are open to anyone in Gwent and a diagnosis is not needed. 

It's a friendly, supportive and non-judgemental group that is run by peers with lived experience. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, 10am to 12pm at the community room in ASDA Pill, Newport. 

We also meet on the third Thursday of the month, 10am to 12pm, at the SERENNU children's centre in Rogerstone. 

Plus on the fourth Monday evening of the month 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the SERENNU children's centre in Rogerstone. Please text Natalie on 07977 455 592 for more information or to book a space.