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News, Events,  Dad's Group, Mum's Group :)

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Welcome to our June Newsletter!
 
express News in Brief

A very big thank you to John and all the Dads and Carers who packed out the function room of the Waggon and Horses pub last month to make our first Dad Support Group such a success. It has been wonderful to hear such positive feedback, and to know such a cross-section of our children and young people were represented, with ages ranging from Reception class through to young adults. We hear that as well as discussing many of the challenges facing our children, there was also a chance to relax, laugh and celebrate their uniqueness as well. The next group takes place again at the Waggon and Horses pub in Surbiton on Wednesday 8 June, 7.30-9.30pm. All dads, granddads and  male carers of young people with an autism spectrum condition are welcome to attend. Email info@expresscic.org.uk to register your interest.

We are now overwhelmed with requests for a mum's group at the same venue :) - we are on the case and the first one will be on Thursday 7 July! 

We are busy running the office, groups, fundraising and organising events. Our next big challenge is the Kingston Rotary Club, Dragon Boat Challenge! We need you! We have a number of young people on our team and we are looking for some more adults to join the team. See below for details.

In our other news, we met with the council and are now due to meet with adult and childrens representatives to discuss need! We will keep you updated with our progress but to find out a little bit more about our plans, please take a look at our new video

Over the next few months, as well as working on significant Capital Grants, we will be launching a fundraising campaign to specifically raise funds for the hub. We will need to reach out to businesses and the wider community. We need your help! If you have contacts, specific experience or would like to become involved please do get in touch.

Please do let us know what you like to see in the newsletter, what you would like to see more of or less of. Have a look at the links, we try to include as many informative articles as possible. 


Please could we ask as many people as possible to sign up to easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you anything and you can raise money for express when you shop online. You can also set up a regular donation via direct debit on our local giving page.
 
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!

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 www.expresscic.org.uk & for other events locally www.afclocaloffer.org.uk

 
best wishes,
Annette & Tracey

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) at the Rose Theatre
NEXT: TBC
1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT: Jul 7th
NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am  
NEXT: JUNE 14th
NEW Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday of the month at Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
NEXT: JUNE 8th
TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: JUNE 20th 
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: JUNE 28th
Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  Contact anna@expresscic.org.uk or shirley@expresscic.org.uk (to arrange appt.)
Take a look at our new video - An Introduction to Express CIC
Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely video for us.
Express Dads Group
A new group for Dads is being introduced by John Williams. Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads. To register your interest, please email info@expresscic.org.uk

Team Express is entered into the Rotary's annual Dragon Boat Challenge taking place on Sunday 17th July 2016. This promises to be a great day for all the family to enjoy as well as supporting Express to continue to provide services. All you need to be to take part on the Express boat is enthusiastic, fun-loving and fiercely competitive! We have a number of young people for our team but we need some more adults to take part too.

We have a local giving fundraising page set up for the event www.localgiving.org/fundraising/expressdragonboatchallenge

Please email us at info@expresscic.org.uk if you are up for the challenge!!

John Williams - New Blog!!
Better Late than Never!
 
Having a learning disability or autism shouldn't stop anyone from voting. Take a look at Dimensions practical tips for Carers and Support Workers to help more people vote in the EU Referendum - #LoveYourVote
A resource has been created by SEND Family Voices working with AfC and representatives from Health, Social Care, Schools, Early Years and Post 16 to create a complete set of guidance documents relating to “Support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)”. The resource is nicknamed the “Golden Binder”. 
Parent Carer Needs Assessments
Parent carers of children under 18 years of age have a stand-alone right to assessments and services under the Children’s and Families Act 2014. This is called a Parent Carer Needs Assessment (PCNA).

Parent Carer Needs Assessment forms are now available on AFC Local Offer website.
SEND FAMILY VOICES OPEN MEETINGS
GOLDEN BINDERS & PCNAs
SEND FAMILY VOICES OPEN MEETINGS
NEW SCHOOLS & SHORT BREAKS


Interesting Articles :

Autism Education Trust - Parent Guide to Finding a School for Your Child with Autism
Know the Rules - EHCP Needs Assessments
Employ Autism from Ambitious About Autism
What It's Like to Be the Mother of an Anxious Child
Writing Effective IEP Goals and Objectives: Suggestions for Teachers and Parents



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.
SEND FAMILY VOICES

Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.

 
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Thank you for your support.

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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