News, Events,  Dragon Boats, Dad's Group, Autism Awareness & Understanding

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Welcome to our May Newsletter!
express News in Brief

April was World Autism Awareness Month and to mark this we held an autism awareness event at the Rose Theatre on the 28th April. The event attracted over 100 parents, carers and professionals.
The event included presentations by local young people, Joe, Max and Rosalind, who talked about their experiences of living with autism. Visitors also attended talks by Alis Rowe and Dee McAlinden from the Curly Hair Project which supports women with autism, and Chris Bonnello, a former primary school teacher with Asperger Syndrome.

Express patron and comedian John Williams also came along to talk and launch our new  dads' support group. The first meeting takes place at the Waggon and Horses pub in Surbiton on Wednesday 11 May, 7.30-9.30pm. All dads, granddads and  male carers of young people with an autism spectrum condition are welcome to attend. Email to register your interest.

We were also joined by Kingston Carers' Network, Your Healthcare, Balance CIC, AFC and SEND Family Voices who came along to provide information.

We've had some great feedback – visitors said the talks were inspiring, moving and informative. If you attended the event, please could you complete our short survey
Thank you to the Rose Theatre and to everyone who came along and helped make the event a success.

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 are due to meet with the Council this month. 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 & for other events locally

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
1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT: May 5th
NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am  
NEXT: May 10th
NEW TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: May 16th 
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: May 24th
Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  Contact or (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

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

Please email us at if you are up for the challenge!!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to S I Kingston and District for raising an amazing £800  for express. President Kay Hurrell presented John Williams the cheque at the Charter Lunch. The money is to be used towards our arts programme 'Express Yourself'.

Thank you also to Knollmead Primary and Lime Tree Primary who raised money for express during their autism awareness events in April.

Carly Fleischmann, Nonverbal Woman With Autism, Interviews Channing Tatum

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”. 
The Westminster Commission on Autism is conducting an inquiry into access to quality healthcare for people on the autism spectrum and they need your input.  This report will make recommendations to the Government to improve healthcare for people on the autistic spectrum.

Please complete survey
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.

Interesting Articles :

LEGO-Based Therapy: How Colourful Bricks Are Helping Kids With Autism Improve Their Social Skills  

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.

Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.


Date: Saturdays 7th & 14th  May 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Venue: EXPRESS CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton, London, KT6 7EL 
Cost: £140 (significantly reduced rates for parents)
Participants will be provided with four manual sets (Modules 1-4) and pocket books of Signs and Symbols (Stage 1-4 plus additional vocabulary).

Express CIC is near Tolworth train station and accessible by bus routes 406, 418, 281, K1, and K2.

Contact: Fouad Abbad 07405 729604

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 the holiday companies above as well as 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:

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

Thank you for your support.

We Love this From Awareness For Autism UK
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