Spooktacular Art Fun

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Welcome to our October Update!
express News in Brief

We hope the new term has settled down and routines established. We cant believe we are now thinking ahead to Halloween and half term, but it will be here before we know it.

A brief update on the Community Asset Transfer – we have met again with the Council and we have taken away some more action points, as have the Council. We will be rallying further support from the community and we will be very busy over the next few months raising funds and awareness. We always knew this would be a long term project but we are here for the long haul and with each step closer the more determined we become.

Our thanks to Joe and the amazing team at M&S, see below for photos and details of their incredible achievement! Our thanks also to Persimmon for their community award of £1,000.

We have decided to have some Spooktacular Art Fun!! Please do send us in your photos or artwork of how you will be spending Halloween and the winning entrants, chosen by our patron John Williams, in each category will each receive a £5 Amazon voucher. Please see below for details of how to enter - we can't wait to see them, Happy Halloween!

TYA - Teens, Young Adults Support Group
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. Our new support group specifically for parents/carers of teens & young adults on the autism spectrum started on Monday 21st September, and was very well attended. It helps to share experiences, and to know you are not on your own. 

Arts @ Express
Our Art therapy and SIBs group start this week, the therapy groups are full but we do have some spaces available on our SIBs at Express group, see our flyer below for more details and apply via our website. We look forward to welcoming the children to our new venue the Express offices! This is just a small part of what the eventual hub could provide please support us and help that goal become a reality sooner.

Look out for details of our next event, a Comedy Night at the cornerHouse, coming soon…

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. See below for details.

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
NEXT: OCT 20th
express Coffee Morning @ The Rose Wednesday14th October

Please do come along for coffee & cake at the Rose Theatre, meet other parents/carers and share information and experiences. Find out more about Express, the services we offer and our long term goals.
We will also be joined by Alis Rowe from The Curly Hair Project who will speak about her work.
We look forward to seeing many of you there. 



It’s time to get your entries in for our Halloween Art Competition!

Please do send us in your photos or artwork of how you will be spending Halloween and the winning entrants in each category, chosen by our patron John Williams, will each receive a £5 Amazon voucher.

The three categories are Primary, Secondary and 18+

Here’s how to enter!  You can send digital artwork, scans of your drawings or photos of crafts to, or you can send your entries by post to the address below.

Please don’t forget to include your name & category with all entries, or you won’t be able to enter!

Express CIC
452 Ewell Road

All entries must be received by Monday November 2nd, 2015.


Fundraising walk through the night for Express


A group of six brave Marks & Spencer employees walked 100km along the Thames path, raising almost £2,000 so far for Express.


The fundraisers took part in the annual Thames Path Challenge from Putney to Henley, together with hundreds of other participants from other charities. They started at 9am on Saturday 12th September and walked through the night, stopping at regular intervals for food and drink, before arriving at the finishing line at 10.30am on Sunday.


The first 50km were fun but after that it was incredibly difficult,” says Joe Hewlett who works at the M&S store. “We all suffered from blisters and minor injuries, but we were really happy and proud to complete the 100km for Express.”


Joe, 27, who did the Challenge on his own last year, enjoyed having the company of his five M&S colleagues, Cheryl, Jakki, Shannon, Sharon and Jon this time.


We all supported each other when the going got tough,” says Joe. “Walking in the dark was tricky as we had to concentrate on not tripping over, but at least that took our minds off the pain and exhaustion.”


We are so grateful to Joe and his team from M&S for their amazing achievement. This will help us to keep the office running and support more families.  

The M&S team fundraising page is still open so please do show your support, and lets break that £2000 barrier :)

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Express?

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's really simple, all you have to do is:

1. Join.
Head to and sign up for free.

2. Shop.
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

3. Raise.
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Express will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Selective Mutism - SMIRA

Selective Mutism, sometimes called Situational Mutism, is an anxiety-based mental health disorder which usually commences in early childhood. Those with SM speak fluently in some situations but remain consistently silent in others. They may have a blank expression, or appear ‘frozen’ when expected to speak. With early intervention the prognosis for recovery is good, but in some cases it may persist and last right through a child’s school life and sometimes even into adulthood. It is important to understand that those with SM want to speak, but find themselves physically unable to do so due to their anxiety.

For unknown reasons, Selective Mutism appears to be more prevalent amongst girls and more cases are reported in bilingual families.

For more information please visit

Interesting Articles :

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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.

Caroline Baxter, Head of Integrated Services for Children with Disabilities is having a drop in session for young people during half term.

Tuesday 27th October,
10:00am - 12:00pm
at the Croft Centre

Please email if you would like an appointment.
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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