Spring News, Events & Growth!

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Welcome to our March Newsletter!
express News in Brief

Spring has arrived! All Mums reading this, you do an amazing job so this Mother’s day make sure you take some time to spoil yourself (Dads you are fantastic too, but it’s our day and we will make the most of it!).

We received a lovely comment about how helpful and informative our newsletter is. It’s great to receive feedback. 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. 

March is going to be a crucial month for express, we have had confirmation that the community asset transfer of the land at Fairmead to express will come before the Growth Committee on Thursday 17th March at 7:30pm. Please do come along and support us! 

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.

We have a lot of events coming up for Autism Awareness Day/Week/Month :) do make sure you come along if you can. See below for details. 
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. 
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 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. See below for details.

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
  • Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at the Rose Theatre Time TBC
NEXT: APR 28th
  • 1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm
  • NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am  
  • NEW TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: MAR 21st 
  • Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: MAR 22nd
  • Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  Contact or
express Events Coming Up For World Autism Awareness

14.03.16 – Talk at Kings Oak - Other schools invited.

21.03.16 - Comedy Night at the CornerHouse. 

02.04.16 – Details to follow.

28.04.16 – Express Autism Awareness Event at the Rose Theatre with local providers and speakers. The day will follow previous years format. 

Barcelona Marathon 13th March 2016

We are very grateful to Caoimhe St Croix for running the Barcelona Marathon for Express! 
Please do show your thanks & support her. 

A message from Caoimhe - 'I will be running my third marathon in Barcelona on the 13th March. After a good chat with a colleague of mine I decided to raise money for Express CIC. They are working in the local community supporting families living with autism. Please give what you can, thank you.'

Good Luck Caoimhe!

Donate here


Matthew is 15 and believes he's in prison indefinitely. He has autism, ADHD and learning difficulties.

For six months now, he's been detained under the mental health act.

He's in a psychiatric intensive care unit (Picu), which is for people with serious mental health illnesses and is only meant for short-term emergency care.

A four-hour round trip from his home in south London, his parents say staff there are doing their best.

But they say it is not equipped to deal with people like Matthew and it's making him a lot worse.

Please sign the PETITION
From Ambitious About Autism  
What Mental Health Means To People With Autism 

The Friend Nobody Wants - Raising Children with Disabilities 

Video Shows ADHD From A Kid's Perspective

Facebook Appeal - Thank you!
Our facebook followers may recall our post last month about an express parent.

"An express parent had her garage burgled in the Surbiton area last night. Amongst items stolen were some of her Son's crash helmets. Her gorgeous boy has autism. His crash helmets are so precious to him and he gets so much enjoyment from wearing them as he loves motorbikes. We would love to get a replacement crash helmet for him. Please do get in touch if you know someone who could help."

We set up an appeal page on our local giving account and we are delighted to say we were able to present the family with a cheque  for £150 to enable the helmet to be replaced! In addition one of our lovely supporters offered some of his old helmets which were very gratefully received. - You lovely people have made one little boy very very happy!!

SEND Family Voices are delighted to welcome Steve Broach to talk with families and professionals within Kingston & Richmond.    
Registration is from 9am to 9.30am.
Steve is a very calm and pragmatic presenter and will provide an overview of the SEND Reforms, including the legal aspects of related subjects such as Short Breaks, SEN Transport.   There will be a focus on the link between the Care Act (April 2015) and the Children’s & Families Act (Sept 2015) – and the transition from children’s social care to adult social care services.   We’re clear that having both parents and service providers in the same room creates an illuminating and positive dialogue.
Steve is a barrister at Monckton Chambers specialising in cases involving disabled children and young people and children and young people with SEN. He is one of the co-authors of Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact SEND Family Voices on 
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If you can, it would be helpful and will speed up registration.  Tickets are available for parents & carers, young people and professionals resident in, or working in, Kingston & Richmond. 

WHEN: Monday, 7 March 2016 from 09:00 to 14:30 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE: Twickenham Stoop, Langhorn Drive Twickenham, TW2 7SX - View Map


Date: 12th & 19th March 2016 
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Venue: EXPRESS CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton, London, KT6 7EL 
Cost: £150 (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

Student Creates Comic Strip to Explain Her Life With Aspergers - Comic

New POST 16 SEND Sixth Form Provision

A new education provision for young people in current Year 11 will be available from September 2016; it will be based in Kingston at the Richard Challoner School.

The curriculum isn’t finalised, but we can announce that Richard Challoner will be offering 8 places on a two year (years 12 and 13) programme from September 2016.   The plan is to increase places from 8 to 16 from September 2017.  Also, by September 2017, we hope that a similar provision will be available in Richmond.

The course will be based on the Cheam PEP* model:

*PEP stands for Post-16 Entry level Programme and is a further education course for young people with a Statement of SEN or an Education Health and Care Plan that states ‘moderate learning difficulties’ as their primary need.

Richard Challoner are currently recruiting staff and will issue more information soon.  


Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.

Interesting Articles :

EHCPs Getting Out of The SEN Maze
Activities for Disabled Children; an easy read guide to Aiming High Funding
Quiet SEN careers session for Kingston/Richmond Schools - parents welcome too
Young Minds Matter Children Go An Average of 10 Yrs Before They Are Treated
Local Authorities Set To Miss Transition Deadlines For Special Needs Children
When People Wonder If My Daughter Really Has Autism
People With Autism Describe Why Eye Contact Can Be Difficult
Autism Friendly Theatre - Wicked
Autism Friendly Theatre - Matilda

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.

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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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.

We Love this From Awareness For Autism UK
Express CIC - 'creating a hub in the heart of the community, supporting young people with autism and their families, a place for everyone'
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