“Due to the current Government advice, all of our scheduled events and workshops are postponed until further notice, and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.”


Positive Path Foundation is a charity set up to support Friendship and Dating for adults in Hampshire and Dorset aged 18 years and over with learning and physical challenges.

Positive Path Foundation is a charity that supports adults with learning and physical challenges in Hampshire and Dorset. The Foundation organises social events that enables their members to meet new people, socialise, and gain new friendship skills.

The Foundation also puts on workshops which help our members to gain communication and life skills.

Positive Path Foundation has been set up by Jane Atkinson, mother to George, a high functioning 21-year-old autistic young man. She struggled for years to find suitable social groups for her son. Along with that frustration, she has been told continually there is no government funding for such a service, hence the reason for setting up the charity.

Shelley, Events and Workshops
Shelley, Events and Workshops
Jane & George
Jane & George
Jo, PA and Events Manager
Jo, PA and Events Manager

"Five times as many males as females are diagnosed with autism.The proportion of males, as opposed to females diagnosed with autism, varies across studies, but always shows a greater proportion of males."

— Fombonne at al (2011) found a mean of 5.5 males to 1 female

The foundation will put on regular social events such as discos, live gigs, bowling, cinema, theatre and eating out.

All events will be chaperoned by Positive Path Foundation staff but if you need additional support, you can bring someone along.  All staff will have a valid DBS certificate, ID check and covered under the charity insurance.
Regular workshops will be open to all members who wish to attend. These will include cookery, and communication and friendship skills. We will also offer drama, fitness and wellbeing, travel training, money management and looking for employment. Some events and activities will be divided into two age groups: 18-35 year olds and 36 years and above.
We welcome all our members to make suggestions for events and workshops.


Joining Positive Path Friendship and Dating

To become a member, you need to fill in the online application form, then Jane will contact you to arrange to a video chat.
Once you become a member, you will be able to join in with all our events and workshops.
The members donate £10 per month to the charity via standing order. For some of the events and workshops there will be small additional costs.

If any of our members want to meet up outside of the events, we will provide a chaperone.

Make an appointment to Join up

"85% OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL AND LEARNING CHALLENGES, AGED 18 TO 34, FEEL LONELY."

(Source: Scope, 2017)

Contact us for support, information pack, or general enquiries.

Contact either Jane or Jo by phone or email to arrange a video chat.
Jane – (07745 182122)
Jo – (01590 636200)
Video chat available via Skype, Whatsapp or Facetime.

We are always available to advise and support you through the ups and downs of building friendships.

Application Form