August Newsletter!

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Welcome to our August E-Newsletter!

Lots to get through this summer including much needed breaks for us both.

We are now putting together our next stage grant and have almost completed the application due to be submitted in September. The success of this application is critical if we are to maintain our timeline for opening the hub, we will of course keep you posted!

We again held an express coffee morning at The Rose theatre on August 12th, which although as anticipated fewer in numbers was very much enjoyed and appreciated by all :)

Below are details of our art groups one for young people with Autism and one for siblings. We will be holding open days in September, 16th for siblings and 17th for the therapy group, both groups will run from 16:30 - 18:00. Come along and get a feel for what the groups involve. It will be a chance to chat to Lorna, other parents and also a chance for Lorna to meet with the young people interested in joining the groups. Please do email us on if you would like to come along and we can send you more details. 

As you may be aware we are Tolworth Marks & Spencer's chosen cause for this year and they have been running events to fundraise for us. One of which is Joe Hewlett's 100km run (see below) but more locally they have a 'bikeathon' at Tolworth on the 15th & 16th August. Please do go along, encourage them, thank them and also give generously and encourage your friends and family to do the same :) Thank you M&S!

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
Thank you.
Annette & Tracey
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.
Fundraising for Express

Last month we told you about Joe Hewlett walking 100km over 24hr from Putney Bridge to Henley! Please do sponsor him at Thank you Joe!
If anyone else is up for a challenge you can sign up at Express is already registered for the Thamespath and Isle of Wight Challenges but you can sign up for whatever you fancy having a go at and select us as your cause. Please do let us know and we can send you the link to set up a fundraiser page linked to us on local giving.


Commissioning Development Workshop with AfC Commissioners Tuesday 9th September 9:30 - 12:00 York House Twickenham 

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces new arrangements for the provision of information, advice and support for children, families and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). This means that local authorities must have due regard to the importance of providing children, parents and young people with the information and support necessary to participate in decision making.  Achieving for Children, the community interest company that delivers and commissions children's services in Richmond and Kingston, wants to improve its understanding of current service provision in this area and focus where necessary on improving and responding to particular service gaps. 

Please register for the event by e-mailing  

Audience The workshop is for voluntary and community organisations, service providers, practitioners, parents, carers, and young people.
Date 9 September 2014
Time 9.30am – 12.00noon
Venue York House, The Salon, Richmond Road,
Twickenham, TW1 3AA
To Register for a place   Contact:


Time Theme Lead

9.30 - 9.35am
Welcome and introductions  Doreen Redwood
9.35 – 9.50am
The SEND reforms 2014 –
Key decision making processes
Simon James
9.50 – 10.05am
The experiences of parents and their families Romany Wood-Robinson
10.05 – 10.15am
Session 1
10.15 – 11.00am
What would you like to happen when your child or young person receives a diagnosis?
Roundtable discussion
Session 2
11.00 – 11.45am
How would you like to receive ongoing support and information?
Roundtable discussion
11.45am – 12.00noon Plenary session All


Help a Kingston University Student - Please Share

Hi my name is Jessica and I am currently studying at Kingston University for a degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice. My final dissertation is exploring ICT and how it supports communication for children with Autism. I have to complete my dissertation by the 2nd week of September therefore I am hoping to collect my all my evidence by 20th August.

The first survey is for parents of children with Autism, and there are only 10 simple questions :-

The second survey is for people who work with children with special educational needs in an educational setting. This survey has only only 8 questions

Being able to address a large audience will enhance my research project. The responses are totally anonymous and are not linked back to email addresses.

Many thanks for your support in advance.

Regards Jessica

Family Fun Day at Moor Lane
Saturday 30th August from 1-4pm at the Moor Lane Centre.  Please contact Caroline Jager if you have not yet received your invitation, for more information.

Back to School - More than meets the eye!
Another lovely blog from Miriam

Hear our 'audioboos' - chatting to Sorrel at KVA for their Impact Aloud feature :) and listen to Max one of our youth panel advisors.

Hmmmm - you know your children have a different life today as when asked for 'things to do today ideas' they suggest going for lunch at the theatre! We went to the cinema instead & highly recommend Guardians of The Galaxy, great feel good film and soundtrack - enjoy!

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