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Welcome to our June Newsletter
express News in Brief
Express CIC is an independent, user led community organisation supporting young autistic people & their families. We welcome families from Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs.
 
We hope you and your families are well and managing to enjoy some of this lovely weather, how can it be June already! Although the pace of life has very much slowed down time still flies by.
We are still here, offering support by email and telephone (contact us at info@expresscic.org.uk or 020 8390 4273).

 
We have adapted our services and can provide: 

* 1:1 sessions via zoom with our therapists for autistic children and young people (more details below)

 
 * phone/online counselling sessions (we have made contact with current clients and are taking on new clients)

* online support groups - our lovely Mums Group have regular Zoom meetings - contact us for login details.

* phone call check ins to support or just for a friendly chat. If you would like one of our volunteers to call, please let us know.


Please help us expand this service by donating to our appeal 
https://localgiving.org/appeal/ExpressCoronavirusAppeal/


Please do let us know if there are other ways we can help. 

Take care. 
Stay safe. 
Sending virtual hugs,
Annette & Tracey





Thank you so much to everyone who supports us. Take a break, make yourself a cuppa & scroll all the way down for lots of information, events, groups, workshops and articles. 

Your comments are always welcome - please email us on info@expresscic.org.uk to contact us. 
 
Please do also take a look at our WebsiteFacebook and Twitter as we regularly share news, events and information & for other events locally click here www.afclocaloffer.org.uk
 
We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for being part of the express community! 
 
Express CIC Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund 
Support & Services from Express 

We are very sad that we had to suspend the groups at Express, particularly as we know how much important regular connection means to our attendees and that so much uncertainty provokes heightened anxiety and feelings of loneliness. This has been a concern for us and therefore we have been discussing how we may be able to best support your young people throughout this worrying and uncertain time. 

We have been working really hard behind the scenes and have managed to secure some funding in order to offer a limited amount of fully funded 30 minute 1:1 Zoom sessions for your young people. 

As the number of funded sessions are limited at this moment in time, if you are able to and would like to donate you may do so by following the link below: 
https://localgiving.org/appeal/ExpressCoronavirusAppeal/ 

Although the zoom sessions will not replace the experience of the group, and is not offered as therapy, it does provide a continued connection and an impartial person to check in with each week which we feel could be very valuable. 

If your young person would like to have a 1:1 Zoom session please email your interest to Express and we will get back to you in order to arrange a suitable time. You will need to download the Zoom App or use the web version, it is free to use. 

We send our very best wishes to you all 💜 

The big transitions for autistic and send pupils after lockdown


THE WORLD HAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN 

Ambitious about Autism has partnered with best-selling children’s author Kes Gray and renowned illustrator Chloe Batchelor to create a story that explains lockdown to children. This wonderful story highlights the impact of recent changes and uncertainty on autistic children - but the experiences will resonate with all families.
https://issuu.com/wordsbydesign/docs/children_s_book_v2
To watch and hear Jon Snow read:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sCHAdfuaS1Q&feature=youtu.be
ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!


We are really honoured to be nominated for The National Diversity Awards for the third year running!

Please take a minute to vote for us here http://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/27252/

Here are some of the lovely comments which brighten our day

‘They are a safety net and reassurance when things get tough. I have used some of the services they provide and am so grateful for them being there’

‘They are a wonderful, caring, community-based organisation that punches above their weight!’

‘They are doing amazing work with children who are feeling isolated and as outsiders. It’s so important to prevent this in the young as it will have life long effects on many’

Thank you 💜
 
Interesting Articles, Information, Consulations and Guides :
 
#SENDinquiry:
Summary: bit.ly/2Jdc4vk Shorthand: bit.ly/2o7qHZF Full Report: bit.ly/33SNGH6


Clinical guide for front line staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19: how does the coronavirus pandemic affect autistic people?
Autism tips for lock down! | Newsround | CBBC
Science Museum: Secondary Resources, Videos, Stories and more 
Flexible use of the Activity Fund (Kingston and Richmond) for children and young people with disabilities 

Natural talent: the 16 year-old writer taking the world by storm
Easy read coronavirus posters - free to print or share online
Autistic Joy


Steps to Employment - FREE courses for 16-19 year olds and up to age 19 -24 years for learners with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
 
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. www.facebook.com/expresscic
WE NEED YOUR HELP 💜

Express CIC is a not for profit community organisation and does not receive statutory funding. We rely on grants, donations and fundraising in order to provide our services and support.

Due to the current situation all our upcoming fundraising evenings have been cancelled. This is having a significant impact on a small organisation like us.

There are many ways you can help 
If you shop online use https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/expresscic to raise free donations 
Choose us as your Co-op local cause https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/37936
Donate a Kingston Pound https://kingstonpound.org
Donate to our secure donations page https://localgiving.org/appeal/ExpressCoronavirusAppeal/

THANK YOU 💜
Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, is updating its online content to provide tailored information and support during the Coronavirus crisis. The charity wants to hear from families to understand what you need so it can provide relevant and meaningful information, support and guidance at this challenging time. Please complete this short survey to tell the charity what you need: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Autismandcoronavirus
To access the study:
 If you are a parent, please click here:
https://qsharingeu.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXgR3PYIzyjZtrv
  If you are a professional, please click here:
https://qsharingeu.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TC2KSrRpZZB00t

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Megan Roche (k1835072@kingston.ac.uk)
Project Supervisor- Dr Elisa Back (e.back@kingston.ac.uk)
Please do share our leaflet so that more families get to know about
Express CIC and what we offer  💜


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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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