New Term, New Setting, New Beginnings

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Welcome to our September Update!
express News in Brief

We hope you all enjoyed the summer and that back to school or new school/college was not too stressful. We are making progress with our big plans for the hub and hope to be able to give more of an update very soon.

Teenagers - puberty, the increased social pressure of being a teenager, exams, transition from school to college/new setting or entering in to the world of employment can be a particularly difficult time for our young people. This month we are pleased to launch our new support group specifically for parents/carers of teens & young adults on the autism spectrum. The first meeting will be on Monday 21st September, 7.30-9.00pm at 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton (parade at back of M&S Tolworth). Come along, whether you are currently going through diagnosis, have just received a diagnosis or have experience to share.

Calling all Dads! Currently we only have a few Dads who come along to our support groups. We would love more of you to come along but also understand that you might also like a group where just Dads get together. We have received a request to set up a monthly Dads group and would like to know how many of you would be interested. Please email us at and let us know what evening and venue (Express Office/Pub) you would prefer. 

We have some spaces available on our SIBs at
Express group, see our flyer below for more details and apply via our website.

We have an excellent dedicated small team of volunteers but we really do need support with fundraising to help cover our increasing costs. Please do consider fundraising for us, however big or small it all helps! Some ideas ... Coffee mornings, cake sales, quiz night in your local, good as new sale or pamper evening. Please also nominate us in your local supermarket schemes or look out for community funds we can apply for. We really need your help!

Please could we also ask as many of you as possible to sign up to
easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you anything and you can raise money for Express when you shop online.

Your comments are always welcome - please click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please continue to support us it really does make a difference. You can do your bit by spreading the word, attending events, offering your expertise, and fundraising. Please do get involved.

For further information on our upcoming events you can visit
best wishes,
Annette & Tracey

Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at the Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
NEXT: OCT 14th
Third Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm NEW group for parents/carers of teens & young adults
First Thursday of the month (term time) at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm


A Message from the M&S Express Thamespath Challenge 100 km Team: Cheryl, Jakki, Shannon, Sharon, Jon & Joe

'We are taking part in the Thames path challenge for Express CIC. The Thames path challenge is a 100Km endurance walk across the weekend of 12/13th September 2015, starting in Putney and ending in Henley. We are looking to complete it in under 24 hours (we hope!).

Express is a 'not for profit' community organisation supporting young people with autism and their families in Kingston-upon-Thames. All your donations are going to a great cause and are all very much appreciated by all of us! Thank you!'

We are very very grateful to Joe Hewlett who has again agreed to do this mammoth challenge and not only that but persuaded others to join him!

Please do sponsor Joe and the Express Team

they are at 80% of their target fundraising, lets get them to 100% :)

Ambitious About Autism                                     

Starting out at a new school or college can always feel daunting, even for the most confident of people. For someone with Autism, however, the experience can be a lot harder. George shares with us what he wish he knew on his first day at school

Ambitious about Autism are running one day sessions, ‘Finished at School: Supporting young people with autism to move from school to college’ to improve the experience of transition from school to college for young people with autism.

NAS Welcome to MyWorld

 A free resource base designed to give support to teachers by providing tips and resources. Now is the time a lot of people are heading back to school, so this week the NAS will be sharing videos from teachers and students from two schools with autism provisions, and helpful information all about education. Explore MyWorld through the eyes of children with autism today:
Visit to view the first video.

Interesting Articles :

Autistic Girls Are Undiagnosed, Underserved And Misunderstood
Hidden Disabilities
How To Manage Autism In The Workplace
22 People With Autism Answer the Question, What's It Like?
The Man Who Wants Us To Embrace Autism

If you come across any interesting articles you'd like us to share in our newsletter next month please do email them to us. Also feel free to share on our facebook page.
An Invitation from LEAD
You are warmly invited to come to a meeting this Thursday 10th September at 7:30pm at Kingston Lodge Hotel, 94 Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7NP. The meeting is open to all parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities living in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Just to make you smile
T tells me he loves me every day, so I asked him,
'What does love mean?'
His reply: 'Wonder, Hopes & Dreams.'
Don't know where he got it from, but love it!
(Probably a film!)

Express CIC - 'creating a hub in the heart of the community, supporting young people with autism and their families, a place for everyone'
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