January Update.

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Welcome to our January Update!
express News in Brief

Hope you had a lovely Christmas break. Thank you for your support in 2014! We are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2015!

We hope to have our temporary office up and running soon - details will follow as soon as possible.

Local Giving - we are sorry to make a request so early in the year but it also seems like a good time to ask! We are all volunteers at Express but our costs are increasing. It costs us to put on events, run groups, promote Express, attend meetings, training and events. We also have administration and other associated costs so it helps us to know that we have some regular funds coming in. You can make a one off donation or set up a DD via - £2 a month can really make a difference! Thank you!

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

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.
express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
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
BBC Clips of Autism Study
We've had lots of requests for these so we thought we would put them all in one place for ease of access:
Autism 'patients failed by system' 
'Autism for me is a painful gift' 
What is the best support for Autism?

The Girl With The Curly Hair
This is a chance to see Alis Rowe, founder of the curly hair project. This is a 2 hour "come and go as you please" meeting which includes a talk on anxiety in autism spectrum disorders. More information here.

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.

NAS - AutismCon
AutismCon is a day-long convention with talks, workshops and performances. It’s an amazing celebration of autism, where special interests are encouraged, communication comes in all forms, and the skills and talents of people with autism are clear for everyone to see. To find out more and book your tickets click here.
What happens during an EHC needs assessment

A useful guide can be found on IPSEAs website, click
here to view.
LEAD Meetings
Meet and Greet/Photo Opportunity - Saturday 10th January 11:00am-1:00pm at EnhanceAble's Geneva Road Centre

Spending in the Sales or Booking a Holiday?

Help express whilst shopping - it couldn't be easier! Retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Argos etc.. registered with the site will donate a % of your spend to your cause at no expense to you! Register with Easyfundraising select Express CIC as your cause and then proceed as usual to do your online shopping via their links. If you are spending in the sales or booking holidays it could raise significant funds and make  a real difference to us. It takes just minutes to set up and you will be helping us to support young people with autism and their families. Thank you!

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 for more details.
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 for more details.


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