A new group has been created to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the autism community.

South Gloucestershire Aspies was formed in August and currently has 13 members with the group keen to expand.

They group holds meetings across the area and have so far held a number of social events including film evenings, dinners, pub quizzes and board game nights.

The group has recently been awarded a £200 grant from Bath housebuilder Curo Group, to fund board games and other purchases.

They have also teamed up with the South Gloucestershire National Autistic Society (NAS) to help recruit new members and raise awareness of autism.

Members of the group have helped the NAS at their parents group, designed to educate parents about autism.

Robert Graham, co-founder of South Gloucestershire Aspies, said: "I was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome at the age of 18, and still haven't managed to socially develop to the stage of my peers.

"Founding South Gloucestershire Aspies, has made me dedicated to activism on behalf of people on the autistic spectrum.

"I have also made personal friends within my group, and I believe benefited sufferers of autism."

Emily Ashford, community connectors team leader at Curo Group, said: "The Curo community connectors are proud to support the development of the South Gloucestershire Aspies group.

"The group has created a welcoming environment for people with Autism and Aspergers to meet and socialise.

"Rob and George are making a great contribution to supporting the wellbeing of those who may be at risk of isolation and loneliness."

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Robert Graham on robertwhgraham@gmail.com.