December Newsletter, Koko, Coffee & Books!

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Welcome to our December E-Newsletter!
express News in Brief - Lots to update!

A very busy month again! We have had a very positive meeting with the Leader of the Council, we have been
viewing offices, running groups/events and attending a variety of AGMs! We have been to the KVA AGM and Commissioning Services Workshop , given a talk (for those who know us we are getting better :) ! ) at the KCMA AGM and finally we also attended the NAS AGM and tribute to the life and work of Dr Lorna Wing.

We are very pleased to say one of our panel members has now completed
IPSEA SEN Legal Training, another is part way through and two more are registered. 

We are in the process of securing a temporary office space - the workload is now simply too much to contain in our houses so we are taking the huge step of acquiring an office. We are very grateful to Howell-Jones who are acting on our behalf pro-bono and also to the wonderful 41 Club who continue to show their support by covering any disbursements that may arise. Our heartfelt thanks go to all our supporters as always.

Over the last few years
express has put on events for World Autism Awareness Day to help raise awareness in the community. For 2015 we are going even bigger! We are already organising a day of events with other organisations joining us in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Please do join us and reserve your space as soon as details are released. We usually have waiting lists for our events so please don't miss out.

Your comments are always welcome - please click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are all volunteers at express and we rely on fundraising to continue our work. 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

We wish you all a very peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.
Annette & Tracey
Kingston 10K Run - Completed!

Our thanks to Chris and Andy who ran the Kingston 10K for
express! You can still show your support for a limited period. Even a small amount will make a big difference to the services we can provide and help bring the hub that step closer. Thank you!
Chris Hayes is raising funds for Express CIC on!
express Coffee Morning with Dean Beadle
We had a full house at our Coffee Morning to hear Dean Beadle give a talk on his humorous and moving personal experience of life in education with Aspergers. Dean proves just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children on the spectrum.

Our thanks also to the Kingston Soroptimists who always come along to support us and serve our teas and coffees - thank you ladies!

We've had some lovely feedback and wanted to thank everyone who attended and share some of the comments below:

"Thank you so much for organising the speech by Dean Beadle today. It was absolutely brilliant!"

"What a brilliant speaker Dean is - the talk was motivational and uplifting, amusing, helpful ... I really can't praise it enough!"

"A brilliant morning, what an informative and entertaining chap Dean was! Thanks to you all."

As parents ourselves we know how uplifting & inspirational sharing experiences can be. Support us in our quest to establish a hub that will be there to support our young people and their families every day.

Look out for details of our next coffee morning.
express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
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
My Son's Not Rainman - Book Deal!
We are really excited that our friend and patron John Williams has signed a book deal!! Those of you who have come to our comedy nights and read his blog will know part of John's story. My Son's Not Rainman will be published by Michael O’Mara Books in 2015. It will be dedicated to the memory of Connor Sparrowhawk. A percentage from each book sold will go to Express CIC, and is available for pre-order now here.

If you do not know about the tragic and avoidable death of Connor Sparrowhawk, a young man with autism and epilepsy, affectionately known as Laughing Boy (LB) please do follow the campaign
@JusticeforLB and read the draft LB Bill here.

NAS - Unplugged for Autism
Gaz Coombes from Supergrass, White Lies, Jupiter Falls, Laura Tapp, doing covers of songs that people with autism have selected as being important to them (including Creep by Radiohead and Cars by Gary Numan) Plus some fantastic musicians on the spectrum including Ed Goodale and Sam Cooper. See attached flyer for more details.

Christmas and Autism
Christmas can be an exciting and fun time, but it can also be stressful. People with autism may be confused or distressed by all the new activity in the household at Christmas, and this can be upsetting for the rest of the family. Click
here to reach the NAS page providing tips and guidance to see you through the festive period.


Kingston NAS Christmas Party
Please see attached flyer for details of the Kingston NAS Christmas party

Tom Quilter - Participation and Engagement Officer for Children and Young People with Disabilities

Dear All, 
Many of you may know me already, but for those of you who don't or know me from a different role, I'm the new Participation and Engagement Officer for children with disabilities in Achieving for Children, covering Grace Over's role for the next year while she is travelling. 
I can work with young people aged 13-25 with a disability who live in Richmond or Kingston and would like to have a say in the services they receive or in the direction and shaping of the children with disabilities services generally. Please see the attached documents for more information. 
I wanted to try and reach as many young people as possible to introduce myself and invite young people to new groups. I though the best way to do this would be to contact those with links to parents groups as well as schools. I've attached four documents, an introduction letter, a recruits crew invite, a focus group invite and an about me guide and I would very much appreciate it if you could pass this information on to young people and families you are working with or who you know in order to reach as many people as possible. 
Please be in contact if you would like more information about myself or my role and thank  you in advance for helping me distribute the information. 
Yours faithfully, 

Tom Quilter
Participation and Engagement Officer for Children and Young People with disabilities


letter to parents/carers from Caroline Baxter - Head of Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities

What happens during an EHC needs assessment

A useful guide can be found on IPSEAs website, click
here to view.
LEAD Meetings
Discussion of SEND reforms - Friday 12th December 1:00pm at The Moor Lane Centre with Romany Wood-Robinson and Anne Frayda & again at 7:00pm at EnhanceAble's Geneva Road Centre with Romany Wood-Robinson
Meet and Greet/Photo Opportunity - Saturday 10th January 11:00am-1:00pm at EnhanceAble's Geneva Road Centre

Help express whilst shopping - it couldn't be easier! Retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Argos etc.. registered with the site will donate a % of your spend to your cause at no expense to you! Register with Easyfundraising select Express CIC as your cause and then proceed as usual to do your online shopping via their links. With Christmas fast approaching it could make a real difference to the groups we are able to run and in supporting our efforts to establish the hub. It takes just minutes to set up and you will be helping us to support young people with autism and their families. Thank you!

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.

Countdown to Christmas!


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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