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February Update.

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Welcome to our February Update!
 
express News in Brief

Hope you are well and you had the chance to enjoy the very little bit of snow we had. It caused lots of excitement here!

Thank you for the messages and virtual hugs we received following our Facebook post. All is well but we both had a difficult couple of weeks for various reasons.

As part of the NAS I'm One General Election Campaign we are busily organising a hustings, which will be a unique opportunity for a large number of us to raise our concerns and have our issues heard together by candidates from different political parties. Watch out for more details very soon!

WAAD - We are already working on Express' World Autism Awareness Day event on the 2nd April. As in previous years we will be using The Rose theatre in Kingston. For 2015 we are putting on a bigger event with three talks, local providers and national organisations taking part. We will publish more details and how to reserve your place at the talks in our next newsletter and on Facebook. Please do book as soon as tickets are released as places will go fast. We are looking forward to bringing another great autism awareness event to Kingston - spread the word! 

We are progressing slowly with our temporary office, very frustrating but we hope to announce the address very soon!

If you are a parent/carer please could you complete our short survey if you have not done so already. This will help us evidence need. Thank you.
 
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
www.expresscic.org.uk

 
best wishes,
Annette & Tracey
express Coffee Morning
Our next coffee morning will be on February 11th. Details for reserving your place are on eventbrite. These are always very popular and spaces go fast so please click here to reserve now :) As parents ourselves we know how important it can be to find others who you can share experiences with. We will also be joined by Sheena from FASTMINDS ADHD
express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
NEXT ONE FEBRUARY 11th
First Thursday of the month (term time) at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT ONE FEBRUARY 5th
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
NEXT ONE FEBRUARY 24th

Booking a Holiday?

LOOK how much you could donate to express without any cost to you!
Register with Easyfundraising select Express CIC as your cause and then proceed to book via their links. If you are booking a holiday it could raise significant funds and make  a real difference to us. Look at the donation estimator above to see just how much! It takes just minutes to set up and you will be helping us to support young people with autism and their families. Thank you!

Galaxy Fund

Galaxy hot chocolate will award £300 to one local community group each week until 23rd February, all you have to do is click here and vote for us! Thank you.

Mencap Wills & Trusts Events
Mencap are organising free wills & trusts events see their website to find one near you. 
The seminars will be presented by a specialist legal professional who will talk about how best to leave money behind to someone with a learning disability. It is an opportunity for families/carers to get straightforward, face-to-face advice.

Another One Bites The Dust

Please do read the latest blog from our Patron John Willliams and look out for his book published by Michael O'Mara Books soon!

Kingston Carers Network
Support Group for Parents/Carers of Children with Mental Health Problems. Please see the attached flyer

Love Kingston ❤️
Love Kingston is a campaign to raise vital funds for local communities - from Chessington to Kingston, New Malden to Norbiton, through to Surbiton and Tolworth. Visit their website to find the events planned for Valentine's Day. 

Information workshop for parents with children recently diagnosed with ASD. Friday 13th Feb 10-12pm, Richmond
Dr Sara Sopena is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience working in the NHS offering diagnosis and emotional/behavioural support for families with children with ASD and other neuro-developmental conditions. The aim of the workshop will be to offer families some information about what living with ASD may look like, how families can make sense of their child’s behaviour and what resources are available locally for their children. Please email 
info@metooandco.org.uk to book.

What happens during an EHC needs assessment

A useful guide can be found on IPSEAs website, click
here to view.

CYGNET - A course designed for parents or carers of children and young people aged 8 to 16, with a diagnosis of autism. More details here.


The Garwood Foundation offer a fully adapted holiday caravan for hire which is located at Church Farm Holiday Park in Pagham, West Sussex. For further details see their website
Pictureexpress Yourself provides a space for children on the autism spectrum to interact and connect with others in a fun, supportive environment. The group aims to meet the specific and unique social and emotional needs of children with autism using creative tools such as drama, puppetry, art, music and storytelling. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us at info@expresscic.org.uk for more details.
 
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Sibs @ Express is a group for children who have a brother or sister with autism to come together, make new friends and have a space to share their feelings. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us at info@expresscic.org.uk for more details.
 



How are you today sunshine?
I'm fine Mumshine.

 

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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