What is Basecamp?

Basecamp offers a wealth of opportunities to help develop skills in social communication and social interaction. Based in a local venue, the club focuses on themes which aim to develop your child’s ability to cope in a group setting over a 37-week programme. Basecamp supports your child through group activities focused on weekly themes including getting to know each other, taking turns, sharing, understanding emotions, trust and working as a team.

Supported by trained and experienced staff with a range of backgrounds, skills and interests, children and young people are encouraged to stretch themselves, aim high and have fun!

Our aim is to provide a fun and safe environment to allow your child to increase their social skills and self-esteem. We aim to give your child the baseline skills required to hopefully go on to access more opportunities in your local community.

Who is it for?

Basecamp is for children and young people aged 5 to 13 on the autistic spectrum who require support in activities and struggle to access other community opportunities. Children requiring specialised support for specific needs will be assessed individually. Children should be able to cope in a small group setting.

Where is Basecamp held?

This years clubs are currently running in Edinburgh and East Lothian until June 2019. We are hosting two cohorts in each venue, one younger group and one older group which run in the same evening.

Basecamp may also be available in Midlothian and West Lothian in the near future dependant on funding.

How many children and young people can attend?

We can accept up to 12 children and young people to take part in each group.

What is the cost?

All enquiries about the programme should be directed to our office.

How can I get my child involved?

If you are interested in future Basecamp cohorts or would like further information please contact the office on 0131 661 3834 or via email: 


“Basecamp was most valuable to my son as it was a safe place to go – like a youth club. All the playworkers understood ASD well and reacted appropriately to his needs and helped him to get involved in different activities and with the wider group.

My son is very self-aware and it helped him to understand his ASD more as well, which is a good thing. It helped him understand why he gets frustrated or angry or why he doesn’t like doing certain things.

We also saw improvements in his focus at school – particularly with class team work and projects”