**We are not currently offering this service due to Covid 19 restrictions**

Autism Groups

We run 2 different kinds of groups for autistic adults with aspergers or high functioning autism at Piccadilly.


Our activity based group below is aimed at young adults aged 16 -30, please see below for details.


We also run a support type group in partnership with the National Autistic Society, this group meets onece a month. Details for this group can be found at the bottom of the page.

We run autism groups on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,

9.30 -3.30

The group is aimed at young autistic people ages 16 plus who want something to do during the day, it is ideal for those who are not yet in employment. See information below about what the groups do,

or contact Julie for more information

julie@piccadillygarden.com or 01524 847685


Trying new things

Our group members suggest new things they would like to try and we try to make it happen. Josies suggestion of trying horse riding was a great success!

Arts and Crafts

We have lots of arts and crafts materials and many of our group members enjoy art. This can be simply for enjoyment or we can look at supporting you to  promote your work.

Travel experience

We use buses and trains when going out and about to give valuable experience in learning travel and navigation skills whilst going to new and interesting places.

Sport activities

We have range of equipment such as a full size pool table, archery, football etc. on our site or we can make use of local facilities, we enjoy playing badminton and going swimming occasionally. 


We have a 2 acre site, a working plant nursery and sales outlet at our disposal to try our hand at any aspect of gardening/horticulture we may fancy. We have a sensory pathway too.

Visiting places

Our group members suggest places they would like to visit and we support them to make it happen. We have been to castles, museums, pubs, cafes, shops, other towns, horse riding etc.

Console gaming

We have laptops, Ipads and games consoles which you can use whenever you like, play alone or with others. We have a variety of games available and are always adding to our collection.

Work experience

We can provide a range of experiences which help to develop new skills and  build confidence. We can support people to gain formal or informal work experience. See some of what we have been up to below.


We have cooking sessions where you can make a variety of items from cookies, cupcakes to pizza and  curry. Just tell us what you fancy.



Your own ideas

Everything the group does has come from their own ideas. Each week they make a plan for the following week so they know what to expect. Not everyone has to do the same thing, we can offer diffent activities on the same day.

The groups are based in an autism friendly pine cabin in the beautiful 2 acre site of Piccadilly Garden in Scotforth, Lancaster. The groups are small, a maximum of 5 people attending each group. The days are structured and people know in advance what they will be doing, everyone contributes to the planning process so that everyones preferences are catered for. Our groups are friendly, fun and pressure free.

We can provide work experience opportunties for our group members and we have links with local social enterprises and businesses.


One of the social enterprises is Autistec; the artistic folk amongst the group have their designs printed onto a range of goods, the artists are paid a commission for each item sold with their artwork.


Take a look at Autistec website to see their work - 

Autistec website

The local branch of the NAS is working in partnership with Piccadilly in Lancaster to run a group for autistic adults with a diagnosis of aspergers/high functioning autism.
The group meets every month, first Friday of the month in the morning 10-1pm.
It is an informal group run by and for autistic adults.
Come along and meet us, it's a great opportunity to meet like minded people, join in discussions or just listen, talk about your special interests or autism topics or anything or nothing.
The group is open to people who are exploring the idea they might be autistic or who self identify, as well as those who already have a diagnosis. come and meet others who have been on the same journey of self discovery as you and find out more about the diagnostic pathway.

No need to book, just come along!


We have close links with Lancaster and Morecambe branch of the National Autistic society. This ensures that the autism services we offer are responsive to the needs of the autistic community and that we stay informed of the local local opportunities they offer.

We attend Autism Awareness events that the NAS host plus other events aimed at additional needs families.

We have a representative on the Lancashire Autism Partnership Board, this enables us to keep up to date with legislation, good practise, opportunities and also gives our group members a voice.

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