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What is Big Brekkie?


Big Brekkie is all about raising awareness and funds on World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April 2017) by, quite simply, eating breakfast! Throughout April, we're encouraging you to get involved by holding your own Big Brekkie event.

Big Brekkie was thought up by the team at Autism Wessex, the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

So if you’re a big lover of breakfasts and want to support the work we do, here’s how you can get involved...

Host your own event


Why not host your very own Big Brekkie event? You choose the time, date and location to suit you and eat whatever food you fancy! Muffins, full English, continental or bacon sandwiches - the choice is up to you.

As well as raising awareness, you can also collect donations from everyone or perhaps charge a set amount for a muffin or something similar? This is the perfect opportunity to hold an event that you are in control of and that suits you perfectly.




Does it have to be held on World Autism Awareness Day?

Not at all! You can hold your event at any point throughout April and we shall share your amazing effort through social media and through our website.

Do you supply the kit to decorate my breakfast event?

We sure do! Here is where you can find all of the materials, from invitations and posters to bunting and recipe cards, that’ll make your event look amazing. And, if you would like some balloons or printed materials, please do not hesitate to let us know and we’ll get them to you.

I can’t host my own event – are there other ways to get involved?

Of course. You could join an existing Big Brekkie event (listed here) or if you prefer you can donate here.

Any other questions?

Email us at and a member of the team will be happy to help!


How your
donations help


Social opportunities

We support people like Gillan and Lizzie with social opportunities. With our support, Gillan was able to attend Drop-In Group. “As someone with Asperger's Syndrome, I find going out incredibly stressful. I am always anxious about what might happen, and if I'll be able to cope with it, and how long before I can return to the safety of my home.” Gillan met Lizzie the first time he ever went to Drop-In. Now a married couple they have been together for over 7 years and have a beautiful 18 month old daughter.


In the five years Robert has received support he has gone from being too anxious to leave his parent's home without a companion, to holding down a part-time job. Only 32% of people with autism are in paid work. With our specialist support, Robert has been in employment for over 2 years.


We provide local parents with somewhere to turn to for advice - a listening ear at what can so often be an incredibly stressful time; “Your advice will help me as a parent in understanding and helping my son with Asperger's as well as adopting some strategies to help both him cope in situations where he struggles as well as the impact this can have upon his 3 siblings and other family members. Thank you very much.” (Parent of child with Autism.)


Other Events


If you can't host a Big Brekkie, but still want to join in, we would love to see you at any of the following events:



We’ve pulled together a selection of all the items you might need to run your own event:

Our kind supporters


Lesley Waters

Mat Follas

Laceys Solicitors

Barclays House

Basepoint Business Centre Bournemouth

Salad Creative

Autism Wessex staff teams

Williams Thompson Solicitors



Thank you. There are more than 7,500 people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset alone who have autism - and many more are affected - so your participation will really help us to reach everyone who needs our advice, guidance and support.