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Welcome to our August Newsletter!
express News in Brief

We have had an incredibly busy July, including going to Westminster for the launch of the Westminster Autism Commission Report - 'A Spectrum of Obstacles' and taking part in the Kingston Rotary Club, Dragon Boat Challenge! 

Over August, we are taking a break (as much the Summer Holidays are a break!). We will be in the office for planned meetings only but we are still available by phone and email. Our groups will be back in September.

We are still working on providing even more evidence that there is a need for services! We really do need all parent/carers to take a few minutes to complete our survey 

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.
Express is run by parent/carer volunteers. 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

On 17th July Express launched our first ever dragon boat team at the annual Rotary Club challenge event in Canbury Gardens.

We are immensely proud that several young people on the autism spectrum took part. They were joined by teenagers volunteering from the National Citizenship scheme and some brave dads. 

Having only met each other an hour beforehand, the team took to the water to race against other charity teams in three heats. 

With each heat Team Express speeded up, achieving a magnificent best time of 1.10 seconds - an impressive result considering they were the youngest team in the competition!

Can you help show your support by sponsoring our intrepid young team?
We really want to ensure they know their efforts are fully appreciated and reach our £1,500 target. You can donate from £2 and if lots of people do we will reach our target.

We have a local giving fundraising page set up for the event

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
NEW Mum's Group 1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am  
Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday of the month at Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: SEPT 19th 
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm  
Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm  Contact or (to arrange appt.)
Express Mum's Group

A new group for Mums.The group will run from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton 7.30-9.30pm on the first Thursday of the month (launching 6th Oct). Come along, say hello and meet some other Mums. To register your interest, please email

Express Dad's Group
A new group for Dads facilitated by our patron, friend and comedian John Williams of 'My Son's Not Rainman' blog, show and soon to be released book!. The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton 7.30-9.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month (next group 14th Sept). Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads. To register your interest, please email
Girls Group

Girls Group is a new weekly meet up opportunity for girls on the autism spectrum aged 8-11. The group will be run by Dramatherapist, Louisa Webster, who will use her creative skills and experience of working with young people to create fun, creative and inclusive sessions for the girls who join. The sessions will run on a Tuesday, term time only, from 5.45pm-6.45pm at Express CIC in Tolworth (just off A3). We ask for group members to commit to at least a term of attendance.
For more information and to book the free taster session please contact:
KidRated - Days Out
Check out some ideas for days out reviewed by families with children with additional needs from KidRated

Michelle & Toby
Helen & Jack

The Nimmo Family
Fiamma & Michael

A Spectrum of Obstacles

Following a seven-month inquiry and a consultation of over 900 people, the Westminster Commission on Autism launched its inquiry report and calls for improved access to healthcare for all autistic people. We attended the launch at Westminster which included a very informative and moving speech from Helen Ellis.

Read the full report here and Easy Read version here

Makaton Courses
We are delighted to host Makaton courses run by Makaton Trainer Fouad Abbad - see details
see attached invitation to workshops from Stephan Brusch 
Programme Manager: All Age Learning Disability Service 

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.
Take a look at our new video - An Introduction to Express CIC
Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely video for us.
Things Not To Say To An Autistic Person
Things Not To Say To An Autistic Person

Interesting Articles :

Marks & Spencer launching autism-friendly school wear
When written reports about your special needs child are inaccurate
Rock festival for those with additional needs because EVERYBODY rocks
Pokémon Go: a parent's guideTips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
West Belfast lad pens book on living with autism to help others
Holywood produced series features autistic cast
GAP Diet warning

LA Cuts to Short Breaks Ruled Illegal
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.

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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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.

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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