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Welcome to our August 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. 
Please do scroll down for specific news about our services and the support we offer. 


After an extremely busy year the Express team are taking turns for a much needed rest. There will always be one of us around but it may just take a little longer to receive a response. However, we still have a packed Summer ahead with taster sessions, assessments for groups, a family day, meet-ups, counselling and grant applications.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the National Diversity Awards. We did not make the shortlist but we did receive lots of amazing comments which means so much to the Express team. Good luck to all the shortlisted nominees, especially Ian Thomas CBE and thank you to Joe who did so much to champion everyone. Great to see Kingston on the map!

Thank you to the lovely Malden Golf Club Charity Committee who are raising £10,000 to support Express CIC and other local causes. Please do take a look at their page.

There are some spaces available for our September groups. Please submit a referral form as soon as possible. Parent/carers can self refer. For referrals where other professional services are involved please contact us for further details. 

We welcome guest blogs, so if you are a young autistic person or know someone who would like to share their experience please email us info@expresscic.org.uk 

Wherever you find yourself, if you are finding things difficult, please ask for help. See below for further details of our services and support. If we are unable to help we can put you in touch with someone who can. 

Take a break, make yourself a cuppa & scroll all the way down for lots of information, events, groups, workshops and articles. 


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



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 
National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-landmark-strategy-to-improve-the-lives-of-autistic-people  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-strategy-for-autistic-children-young-people-and-adults-2021-to-2026

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Ambitious about Autism - https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/ambitious-about-autism-welcomes-publication-governments-long-awaited

NAS - https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/news/investment-in-support-for-autistic-people?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=autismstrategy&utm_content=news
QUICK SUMMARY OF THE EXPRESS OFFER: 

1:1 dramatherapy at our studio or an outside setting 
2:1 dramatherapy 
1:1 connect sessions via zoom with our therapists 
Express Yourself Group 
Express Friday Club 
Girls Group 
SIBs Group 
Drama Club 
BUDs Group for pre-school children on the autistic spectrum 
 
Counselling service for parents/carers of children with additional needs 
Counselling service for 12+ young people on the autistic spectrum  
EHCP Support and Guidance 
Peer support groups via Zoom and on WhatsApp 
Mums Group and PDA Group 
Dads Group will resume soon... 

Events, Training and more.
Express Summer Offer 
Family Day Out at Holly Lodge 
Taster Sessions 

(limited spaces left) 

We are pleased to be able to offer a Summer program at Express. Holly lodge in Richmond park are offering a Family Day for Express families details below and our therapists are offering taster sessions over August for our teen and siblings groups starting back in September. 

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you complete the relevant booking or referral form & fee and send to us

* no later than 6th August for tasters on 17th August 
* no later than 14th August for Holly Lodge Day

Your place is not confirmed unless we have received the correct form and relevant fee and emailed you that a place has been allocated. 

Please email jen@expresscic.org.uk with a completed referral form to book your space for taster sessions
or email info@expresscic.org.uk to book Holly Lodge
Express Drama Club 

Our Drama Club is back! 

The Club starts back in September so we are now opening up referrals to join the Club. 
The Express Drama Club is run by a qualified Drama Therapist 
Please email drama@expresscic.org.uk with a completed referral form to book your space.
Counselling Service for parents/carers of children
with additional needs and disabilities

As parent/carers, life can be very challenging. It can feel overwhelming trying to manage the needs of your child and balance this with all the other parts of your life; family, work, friends. It is often hard to talk about your feelings with those close to you because you don't want to burden them or it can feel like they won't understand. Counselling can offer a safe space where you can talk through all of your difficulties and anxieties. A counsellor is trained to listen and support you in a non-judgemental way, creating a safe space for you to express your feelings, whatever they may be.

This is offered as a low cost service.

 If you are interested in this service, please email: counselling@expresscic.org.uk

'Towards the end of the sessions, I felt more able to predict/understand the anxieties that I was experiencing so that I could put in strategies to help me move forwards'

'I really appreciated the counselling sessions and have felt they were greatly beneficial'

' I felt more confident that I was beginning to understand the connection of historic issues that had been impacting on me in the present'
At the heart of the @expresscic community are the families we work with
Families can self refer (pre and post diagnosis) but we also receive referrals from many sources
expresscic.org.uk
#Autism #PDA #Dramatherapy #Drama #Counselling #Sibs #Support

Would you, your friends, colleagues or school like to help us support more families?
It’s easy to set up a secure fundraising page 
and make a real difference to local families.

Please contact us at info@expresscic.org.uk if you would like more information or help to set up a page.

We are experiencing unprecedented demand for our services at a time when fundraising and donations have fallen.
Thank you 💜


Express Mum's Group meet-up is on
5th August 20.00-22.00pm.
 
Please email us on jane@expresscic.org.uk or kate@expresscic.org.uk for details.


Express PDA Group Zoom meet-up is on
20th September 12.30-14.00pm.
 
Please email us on deirdre@expresscic.org.uk for details.

Hope Macy releases Family Connect Third party notification and bank account information sharing service for carers, to reduce scams and increase financial oversight of those they care for

Creating A Supported Travel Assistance Policy for Kingston

There is a link to the survey here . On that page there is a document in easy read, that tells you what the survey is about. 

There is also an easy read version of the survey, which you can fill in. The link is here.

Employ Autism resources hub

Ambitious About Autism have designed a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. 

The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.

These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.

See expresscic.org.uk/groups or email jen@expresscic.org.uk
for details of groups, connect & outdoor sessions
Confidence building, develop friendships, skills, interact & connect in a fun, supportive environment
#autism #sibs #drama #dramatherapy
Interesting Articles, Information, Consultations and Guides: 

Articles:
Autistic young people’s experiences of transitioning to adulthood following the Children and Families Act 2014 - Crane - - British Educational Research Journal - Wiley Online Library
Waterstones prize winner Elle McNicoll: ‘I never saw autistic girls in books’
Professionals need to see the humanity beyond the diagnosis, and personal insights illustrate this
Dying to be seen: Why is it so hard to get help from CAMHS? By Carrie Grant MBE
National Disability Strategy
Making Pride accessible with the Wild Rainbows
Inclusive Family Staycations
What I Need From You On A Bad Day



Research: 
Language interventions in Autism
Investigation into autistic students school exclusions 
Autistic children’s imaginary friends 



Learning Disabilities - Resources from the LeDeR program: 
The new LeDeR website and notification site was launched on 25 May 2021
Signs that a person is becoming unwell 
Infection including Sepsis 
Aspiration pneumonia 
Constipation 

Easy read coronavirus posters - free to print or share online 
What should you expect from your annual health check when you have a learning disability

Steps to Employment - FREE courses for 16-19 year olds and up to age 19 -24 years for learners with an EHCP 

The 2019 Learning Disabilities Mortality Review #LeDeR annual report is now available here 
Webinar main findings https://youtu.be/7lvHM_DAi80 
NHS England’s response: Action from Learning Report 2019/2020 - here 
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 a helping hand! 

Due to increased demand we are growing and expanding our offer rapidly at a time when funds are very difficult to access. Donations over the past year have fallen considerably which has a significant impact.
We really need everyone to support us in whatever way you can. 

This doesn't have to cost anything 
Easyfundraising 
Co-op Local Cause 

If you are able to you can make a secure donation from £2 at LocalGiving or you can set up a fundraising event

Your support is really needed and appreciated. 


What do you think?
Let us know what you like or dislike about our newsletter.
What would you like to see more or less of?
Do you read it to the end?
Do you 'take a smile'?
Email info@expresscic.org.uk
Recently we have received some membership requests for the Express CIC Forum. We would love to welcome you but we can only approve membership if you answer all the questions and agree group rules. 
If you have recently applied please can you check your request is complete. 
What is Drama Therapy at Express
Please do share our leaflet so that more families get to know about
Express CIC and what we offer  💜


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