Diverse aims to provide social contact and activities for autistic people. It is run by and for people who are autistic and neurodiverse.
Diverse has two paid staff Marie Wastlund and Angharad (Harry) Jones. The chair of Trustees is Andrew Powell. The other Trustees are Frances McCloskey (finance) and Kay Robertson (human resources).
Diverse groups meet in public, accessible venues in BaNES, Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. Diverse groups offer a relaxed, and friendly atmosphere where people can enjoy being with others and be themselves. No one is made to do anything that they are not comfortable with.
When Covid19 restrictions reduce and circumstances allow we hope to run the following activities again including:
- Social quiz evening - 2nd Tuesday of each month, Totos by the river bar,
- Walking groups
- Diverse nightclub - DJ and bands night at basement45 nightclub last Tuesday of each month 7-10pm run by Marie
- Cinema group run at Showcase cinema third Tuesday of the month run by Robert
- Creative writers group - Mondays at Bishopston Library run by Sally and Asha
- Bristol arts n crafts group
- Gaming group in Bristol at Belong (Tuesday afternoons)
Diverse is looking to expand and we have money to support you to develop your own groups or get involved in groups that already exist. If you want to know more either as a possible volunteer, group leader or just to attend some friendly low key social events please get in touch:
Diverse UK is Charitable incorporated organisation, run by Trustees for its non- elected members and is independent of any other organisation. We are authorised and regulated by the Charity Commission, registered Charity number 1170255.
The group is voluntary and not for profit. We promote equality and anti discrimination practice as defined under the Equality Act 2010.
We use Groundrules for Diverse for our groups. Do have a look so you can be acquainted if you do attend one of the groups.
This photo is of Harry, Andrew and Marie. It was taken after the first successful gig event we ran at the Bristol Clifton Downs Festival in September 2019. We were very happy because several people who came along to see the band Madness said it was one of the few times they've ever been able to attend this sort of event, due to the support Diverse people offer each other.
I am not sure why I was wearing sunglasses at night... trying (and failing) to look cool perhaps?