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Welcome to our April Newsletter

express News in Brief

'Ausome' April has Arrived :)

April has #WAAD World Autism Awareness Day, #WAAW Week & #WAAM Month.
We have fabulous Marathon runners, raising awareness & fundraising for Express. We also have our fantastic evening with Dean Beadle.
Please do let us know if you have any events planned for Express.
It’s always autism awareness, acceptance & understanding at Express 🙂

We had an Amazing Annual Autism Conference at The Rose Theatre. Thank you everyone who came along and helped to make it such a special day.
Thank you to all our speakers Chris Bonnello, Ella Tabb, Suzy Rowland, John Williams and the fantastic young people who shared their experience.
Thank you to all our lovely volunteers, we really couldn’t do it without you. 
hours & hours of planning
7 talks given
193 tickets booked
100+ coffees made
120+ cakes consumed.

Next up is our fabulous Caberet Evening with Dean Beadle! 

As well as all our regular support groups we are very pleased to offer a new support group for parent/carers of young people with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). Whether you are pre diagnosis, going through the process or have valuable experience to share, please do come along/drop in to a supportive friendly environment.
Contact for further information.

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies from Soroptimist International Kingston District who came along to our Autism Conference & presented Express with a cheque for £1000. 

Thank you also to the 41 Club, Kingston 
who came to visit us and presented Express with a cheque for £500.

Thank you to John who is running the Greater Manchester Marathon & Paul who is running the London Marathon for Express. Visit our page on Local Giving to support them. They need your words of encouragement!

It's that time of year again, lots of adverts looking towards the Summer holidays! If you are super organised and are looking at booking please do remember to go via  EasyFundraising and raise free donations for Express! 

Take a break, make yourself a cuppa & scroll down for lots of information, events, groups and articles.

We have been meeting lots of new parents, many who have only just found out about express. If you work in a school or other setting, please do pass on our details and spread the word. Parents really do benefit from the support of other parents who 'get it'. We offer telephone and email support as well as group and one to one support.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for being part of the Express community! 

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

For further information on our upcoming events you can visit or  & for other events locally
Annette & Tracey

Express CIC Supported by The London Community Foundation

What's on offer at Express?

Take a look at  

Groups @ Express

Support @ Express

Saturday April 27th Doors 7:30pm


Have you booked your tickets yet? Don't miss this opportunity for a very entertaining and informative evening with Dean Beadle - do let us know if you have a group together as we can try to reserve your table so you are seated together.

"Dean lived up to his legend status. Wow what a guy I could listen to him for hours."
"Dean's talk was a Master Class on autism from someone who knows first hand. His delivery was insightful, very personal, funny and held the audience attention right to the end."


A Message from our Patron
As Patron of Express CIC they make me work so hard that over the last two years I’ve barely had time to eat. They now have me running the ASICS GREATER MANCHESTER MARATHON on 7th April 2019.

Please do help me raise lots so I don’t have to do it again.
Thank you - John Williams
Express @ The London Marathon
Paul has been really busy training for the London Marathon 
Please do show your support. 
Thank you 😊

Fast Facts About About Autism from Autism Explained for World Autism Awareness

Relax and Recharge
Have you tried our interactive projector? We have had this for quite some time and are now opening up some slots for some individual chill out time - post drop-off or pre pick-up come and relax with your pre-schooler with a coffee and some interactive fun.
Email us at for available slots. 

Information, Consultations and surveys
Autistica Action Briefing:
Children and Young People’s Mental Health

You can keep up to date with these briefings and opportunities to get involved in campaigning by joining the Discover network -

You can also share your thoughts in this Department of Health consultation about the Autism Strategy -

or in this All-Party Parliamentary Group consultation on care and support for autistic people -
Groups at Express

(Picture shared with permission)

Den making is an important part of child development particularly exploring the self of sense & safety
In this case it was building a den as a team, working on creative & communication skills.

Lots of fun at Express groups. Take a look at 
New referrals welcome.

Children with SEND and the emotional impact on parents

We offer pre & post diagnosis support (telephone/email & 1:1 appointments), parent support groups & counselling.

Open to families in Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs.

Workshop for Parents
Autism in the Early Years: Finding the Fun!

An interactive workshop exploring how sensory, social and communication differences in autism influence early play development. Ideas and strategies to engage your child and to develop their play skills in a positive and meaningful way.
The workshop will be run by Sue Goldman, a teacher and Early Years Professional who specialises in working with autistic preschoolers. Sue regularly runs training workshops for Early Years practitioners. 
“Very inspiring and full of practical ideas. Amazing to listen to.” – Delegate, Dorking Nursery
Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Time: 10am-midday
Place: Express CIC, 452 Ewell Road Surbiton KT6 7EL
Cost: £10
 To book your space contact
Express CIC are working with the H.I.S Project to offer Parent Workshops 
Suzy Rowland is a local autism parent keen to share insights and experience of raising and educating an autistic child. After a long fight to get a diagnosis for her son and a longer struggle to find the right school for him, she set up the H.I.S project (HappyinSchool). The current programme is ideal for parents of children diagnosed (or pre-diagnosis) on the autism spectrum attending a mainstream primary school. Her approach is fun and highly interactive.

If you’re looking for techniques and tips to stay on top of what’s going on at school and would like further information on future workshops
contact with your name, contact details, age of child and postcode.
Come and join our lovely Drama Group. We are having so much fun with our budding actors!

Contact for an application form
  Help support an autistic child by donating!

We are currently supporting over 25 children every week attending our groups. To be able to offer our groups we rely on fundraising and donations.

You can support us from as little as £2 per month and help us offer more spaces.

Please take a look at LocalGiving and see how you can help! Your donation really can make a difference!
  We need your help! We need some recent quotes for an application we are making.
Please let us know how we are doing or how we have helped you and your family.
Please email your comments to
Thank you 😊

express Support Groups
If you haven't yet been to one of our parent/carer support groups, please do come along. We are all very friendly and these groups are run by and for you. These groups are for whether you are currently going through diagnosis, have just received a diagnosis or have valuable experience to share. We run both daytime and evening groups. 

Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) Rose Theatre
Mum's Group 1st Thursday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
Parents of teen/young adult 3rd Wednesday of the month (term time)
express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: MAY 15th
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) 
express Offices 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: APR 30th
EHCP & DLA 1:1 Support by Appt.
express Offices
Contact  t
o arrange an appt.
Counselling Service day & eve appointments available
express Offices 
Contact to arrange appt.

Makaton Courses @ Express
We are delighted to host regular Makaton courses run by Makaton Trainer Fouad Abbad - contact Fouad for more details and availability on the courses

Professional Training Route
Foundation workshops
Taster Sessions
Using Makaton with Singing

Lots of regular dates coming up please contact

at express CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Tolworth, London, KT6  7EL   

Please support Express through Co-op Local Community Fund 
It’s a great opportunity to raise funds
#autism #community #dramatherapy #drama #siblings
Thank you 😊

We’ve had some amazing feedback from our groups and we’d love to share it with you:

“We are over the moon with the progress he has made in your Drama therapy group. it is such great news that **** feels comfortable enough to be able to speak and interact with other people in Drama therapy, I can tell when he comes out at the end of the session that he is happy to have found somewhere other than home where he feels comfortable enough to speak and be himself, after his first session on the way home, he kept saying "I can speak".”

“To hear how he is able to be himself and be increasingly flexible (albeit in small steps) is wonderful. Thank you so much to you, your assistant and to Express for this valuable opportunity.”

“I really cannot thank you and Isabella enough for the time and effort you put into running this group- ***** has really come ‘alive’ since attending and she is always really excited about it, she even asks if we can go there on random days during the week! I think it is also having a really positive impact at school as she is far more vocal and confident in her own ability across many activities.”

“last week **** went on his first residential trip with school. A year ago this would not have been possible but since the group we have noticed how much easier he finds social interactions with his peers at school, this gave him the confidence to go on the trip. Thank you”

We are now taking referrals. If you would like further information and to download a referral form please visit our website on

#autism #adhd #dramatherapy #drama

Whilst running the office and developing services we continue to work on our bigger goal. We are making progress. It may be slow but we will get there 

A quick summary of what's on offer at express, all details can be found on our website  including referral forms (we accept self referrals):

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
Yoga Club for autistic children and young people (referral needed)

NEW Drama Club (application form needed)

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
Siblings Group (referral needed)
Girls Group (referral needed)
Last Tues of the month (term time): Parent Support Group

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
BUDs (referral needed)
Happy in School Workshop (referral needed)
2nd Wed of the month (term time): Dad's Group 
3rd Wed of the month (term time): TYA Support Group

Drama Therapy 1: (referral needed)
Drama Therapy 2: (referral needed)
1st Thurs of the month (term time): Mums Group


NEW Group Drama Therapy 3: (referral needed)

Saturdays & Sundays: 
Makaton professional courses both Foundation and Enhanced (parents costs are substantially subsidised, see registration details below)

We also offer EHCP & DLA Support by appt. contact 

And of course we are always in the office for 1:1 support or a chat just drop us an email or phone us 0208 390 4273 to let us know you'd like to pop in.


Latest autism friendly films

Click for details
Express Mum's Group

The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton 7.30-9.30pm on the first Thursday of the month, term time (next group 4th APR). Come along, say hello and meet some other Mums.
To register your interest, please email
Express Dad's Group

The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton 7.30-9.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month, term time (next group 8th May). Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads.
To register your interest, please email
Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review Animation

We have a small number of people who have very kindly set up Direct Debits to support express. We really appreciate their support. It's good to know we have some regular money coming in to contribute to the costs of running the office, providing services and support.

We really do need more lovely people to consider setting up Direct Debits. It's a secure way to donate and we can claim Gift Aid!
You can donate from as little as £2 per month and make a HUGE difference to express.

Please take a look at and see how you can help. Thank you.

We get invited to many events and we do our best to attend when we can. We are a very small team so sometimes it is not possible but do let us know if there is something you would like us to come along to.
Take a look at details of our groups and referral forms. We are taking referrals for all key stages and we will look at matching similar age groups. Depending on eligibility and criteria you may be able to apply for Activity Fund to support with costs. 

We are still working on providing even more evidence that there is a need for services! We really do need all parents/carers to take a few minutes to complete our survey.

An Introduction to Express CIC
Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely video for us.
Express CIC - 'creating a hub in the heart of the community, supporting young people with autism and their families, a place for everyone'
Reg. no. 8202424

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