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Welcome to our July Newsletter
express News in Brief

We have been busy planning groups for the next academic year - do make sure you take a look at what's on offer at Groups. We are currently taking referrals for September.
We had a great day with M&S staff delivering a Work Skills and Employability Workshop.

Some of the feedback:
Would you recommend the workshops?
“I really enjoyed the teamwork activities”
Yes “because it has given me a full detail of a full job interview “
“I’ve been inspired to just keep trying”
Yes “meeting like minded people and receiving good feedback”

'I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising the M&S workshop. My son found it really interesting, and most importantly, it boosted his confidence regarding his employability. He also had a very positive conversation with one of the course leaders about starting his own website and selling his own designs (he's an art student). Please can you extend my thanks to the M&S team, who made the workshop enjoyable, relevant and accessible.
He has since applied for a part-time job at Sainsbury's and has an interview on Thursday. Fingers crossed he is successful!'
We couldn't be more impressed with how the day went both for participants and M&S staff and we are now in talks to see how we can expand on this further.
As we head towards the holidays, we just want to take this opportunity to say have a lovely summer. We will still be contactable by email and phone but the office will only be open for specific activities and appointments during the summer holidays.

Our last support groups before the Summer are

Mum's Group 
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 4th July 19:30pm-21:30pm
Dad's Group 
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 10th July 19:30pm-21:30pm
Parents of young people with PDA 
express Offices 15th July 12:15pm-14:15pm   
Parent Support Group
express Offices 16th July 13:00pm-14:30pm  

So do pop along whether you have been before or are new to Express. We would love to see you.

If you are booking a holiday or shopping online please do remember to go via  EasyFundraising and raise free donations for Express! 

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

. If you work in a school or other setting, please do pass on our details and spread the word. Parents really do benefit from the support of other parents who 'get it'. We offer telephone and email support as well as group and one to one support.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for being part of the Express community! Please do let us know if you have any events planned for Express.

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 or  & for other events locally
Annette & Tracey

Express CIC Supported by The London Community Foundation

Please support Express through Co-op Local Community Fund 
It’s a great opportunity to raise funds
#autism #community #dramatherapy #drama #siblings
Thank you 😊
Not from where I stand
Dedicated to all the dudes and their loved ones
#Justicefor LB

The mum of an autistic 11-year-old has called for better teacher training, saying her son was regularly singled out for displaying symptoms in class.

Robbie, from Plymouth in Devon, has made a YouTube animation in which he describes being bullied by pupils.

Listen to Tony McArdle deliver his Education Commission Report for Kingston's Children's Services from 45 mins onwards - much of the findings and recommendations will not be news to SEND parents.…/p…/webcast_interactive/411356

Education Commission Report
Education Commission Recommendations - Action Plan
Children’s and Adults’ Care and Education Committee, 13 June 2019
Education Commission Report by the Interim Director of Children's Services
#happyinschool developed by dynamic autism advocate and author Suzy Rowland, is a series of fun interactive workshops for parents, examining the issues around Autism and ADHD in school.
The sessions are full of useful ideas and suggestions which focus on building positive relationships between parents and educators, especially around sensitive issues such as additional support, ECHPs and classroom behaviour. Parents learn simple techniques that can be applied in the classroom and at home.

The workshops are fun, interactive and cover a range of topics ranging from exclusions to making friends at school. Previous workshops included: 
  • Challenges at School
  • Play, Friendships
  • Behaviour
  • Building Relationships with School
  • Building Resilience, Learning Opportunities
  • Transitions
  • Self Care, Advocates & Allies
“One thing I really enjoyed about the presentation was the shared experience” 
“I really enjoyed hearing everyone else’s views”
‘The sharing and discussion was really open; my only comment is that (I wish) more dads, uncles, and other members of the families attended!
“Any parent would be happy to have this workshop to give them a little knowledge and guidance and as R said, I too feel more empowered especially ahead of the initial EHCP discussion” Mrs. B, Surrey.

If you would like to book a place on any of the sessions (future dates tba)

Last one this term: Wednesday 3rd July - Transitions
Express CIC, 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 7EL 
please email with your name & age of your child.

Suggested donations for the sessions are £5-£10 per session.
(if you are unable to make a donation please contact us as we have limited free spaces).
We look forward to seeing you!

Collaborative Review of Kingston under 5’s neurodevelopmental pathway
5th July 2019 from 10.00am to 1.00pm
Queen Anne Suite, Guildhall, Kingston

Doreen Redwood, the lead commissioner for children from Kingston and Richmond CCGs, would like to collaboratively review with parents and interested professionals the under 5’s ASD/social communication pathway including:

  • what would be helpful to know and do before a child is referred
  • clear information on what is happening during the assessment and its possible outcomes and finally
  • what additional help and support should be developed and accessible post diagnosis

If you have been through the process or are currently awaiting diagnosis, your views would be very helpful.

Please email directly to attend the workshop.


Workshop for Parents and Practitioners
Autism in the Early Years: Tackling the tricky bits!

“Great course, very interesting, lovely teacher! All of it helpful”
- delegate, Dorking Nursery

An interactive workshop exploring behaviour that concerns us in young autistic children.
• What is happening? 
• Why is it happening?
• How can we help? 
The workshop will be run by Sue Goldman, a specialist teacher and Early Years Practitioner, who is highly experienced in working with young autistic children. 
Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019
Time: 10am-midday
Place: Express CIC, 452 Ewell Road Surbiton KT6 7EL

Cost: £10 for parent, £15 for practitioners 
 To book your space contact

Have your say on Richmond's SEND Futures Plan

The draft Plan, which sets out how Richmond Council, Achieving for Children and the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group will improve SEND services over the next three years. 

The online consultation and draft plan can be found here together with:
An easy-read version of the consultation
An easy-read version of the draft Plan
The consultation closes at midnight on 14 July 2019.

There will also be some drop-in events where you can talk to people from the Council, Achieving for Children or Clinical Commissioning Group about the Plan. These events are being held on:

1 July, 10.00 to 11.30am, Castelnau Community Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes, SW13 9AQ.
3 July, 7.00 to 8.30pm, Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close (off Ashburnham Road), Ham, TW10 7PL
4 July, 1:30 to 3.00pm, Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
If you would like to attend one of these events, please register here.  
Visit eventbrite to book or contact for more information. 

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) - amazing subsidised seminar - Wed July 3rd 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm in Central London.

  • Who is entitled to an EHCP, how do you obtain one for your child or young person?
  • What rights do you have to appeal decisions?
  • What content should be in an EHCP?
  • What evidence do you need?
  • What is an ‘outcome’ and how should it be described?
  • How do you ensure the voices of pupils and students are evidenced?
  • Discover innovative ways to use EHCPs in transition.
  • How do you ensure a child or young person has support in mainstream schools if there is no EHCP?

Come and hear the answers to these questions and many more from lawyer Erin Smart of leading law firm Irwin Mitchell and other expert education professionals. This is the latest in the My AfK SEND seminar series. Only £19 including lunch for parents and carers, £49 for professionals.

Taking place in Central London on 3rd July 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm (registration from 9.30am), only £19 for parents and carers including lunch and £49 for professionals.

Download full leaflet here or book using these links:

Wed 3rd July 2019
A) Getting the best Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) including college and further education.

For further information contact Alex Johnson at



A Turtle Key Arts, National Portrait Gallery and Wigmore Hall collaboration.




Then this is the project for you!


Come and join us during the summer holidays for Musical Portraits, a music and art project specifically designed for young people aged 10-14 years on the Autism Spectrum.



Over the course of four days you will get the opportunity to:


Work with professional artists & musicians


Create your own art & music as part of a group & individually using the portraits at the National Portrait Gallery as a stimulus


Perform the music you have created for an invited audience of friends and family





PROJECT DATES: Mon 29 July to Thurs 1 August inclusive
TIMES: 11am – 3.30pm
PROJECT VENUES: National Portrait Gallery & Wigmore Hall, London



Kind regards


Imogen Easton

Turtle Key Arts
020 8964 5060
Project and Office Manager



What's on offer at Express?

Take a look at  

Groups @ Express

Support @ Express

Relax and Recharge
Have you tried our interactive projector? The projector projects images onto a mat and your child can crawl, walk or jump on the mat, changing the images or revealing hidden pictures and numbers. Children love the interactive fun!
We are now opening up some slots for some chill out time -  come and relax with your pre-schooler with a coffee and some interactive fun. You can book an individual slot or small groups welcome.
Email us at for available slots. 

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. 

Rose Theatre (dates via newsletter) 
Mum's Group 1st Thursday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 19:30pm-21:30pm
Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 19:30pm-21:30pm
NEXT: JUL 10th
Parents of young people with PDA profile 3rd Monday of the month (term time)
express Offices 12:15pm-14:15pm   
NEXT: JUL 15th
Parents of teen/young adult 3rd Wednesday of the month (term time)
express Offices 19:30pm-21:00pm   
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) 
express Offices 13:00pm-14:30pm  
NEXT: JUL 16th
EHCP & DLA 1:1 Support by Appt.
express Offices
Contact  t
o arrange an appt.
Counselling Service day & eve appointments available
express Offices 
Contact to arrange appt.

Access Card | Making access easy

What is the Access Card?

Information, Evidence, Discounts and Opportunities for Disabled People

The Access Card is a card like no other, we translate your disability / impairment into symbols which highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need.

This then informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.

Its all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers responsibilities.

Post 16 Opportunities Pack and new Next Steps Pack for SEND learners have been published

The above packs have now been uploaded to the Local Offer website here:  

If you have any enquiries about the packs or Post 16 information please send them directly to the 14-19 team at
Groups at Express

(Picture shared with permission)

Den making is an important part of child development particularly exploring the self of sense & safety
In this case it was building a den as a team, working on creative & communication skills.

Lots of fun at Express groups. Take a look at 
New referrals welcome.
  Help support an autistic child by donating!

 To be able to offer our groups we rely on fundraising and donations.

You can support us from as little as £2 per month and help us offer more spaces.

Please take a look at LocalGiving and see how you can help! Your donation really can make a difference!
Information, Consultations and surveys
Autistica Action Briefing:
Children and Young People’s Mental Health

You can keep up to date with these briefings and opportunities to get involved in campaigning by joining the Discover network -

Children with SEND and the emotional impact on parents

We offer pre & post diagnosis support (telephone/email & 1:1 appointments), parent support groups & counselling.

Open to families in Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs.

Come and join our lovely Drama Group. We are having so much fun with our budding actors!

Contact for an application form

Makaton Courses @ Express
We are delighted to host regular Makaton courses run by Makaton Trainer Fouad Abbad - contact Fouad for more details and availability on the courses

Professional Training Route
Foundation workshops
Taster Sessions
Using Makaton with Singing

Lots of regular dates coming up please contact

at express CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Tolworth, London, KT6  7EL   

We’ve had some amazing feedback from our groups and we’d love to share it with you:

“We are over the moon with the progress he has made in your Drama therapy group. it is such great news that **** feels comfortable enough to be able to speak and interact with other people in Drama therapy, I can tell when he comes out at the end of the session that he is happy to have found somewhere other than home where he feels comfortable enough to speak and be himself, after his first session on the way home, he kept saying "I can speak".”

“To hear how he is able to be himself and be increasingly flexible (albeit in small steps) is wonderful. Thank you so much to you, your assistant and to Express for this valuable opportunity.”

“I really cannot thank you and Isabella enough for the time and effort you put into running this group- ***** has really come ‘alive’ since attending and she is always really excited about it, she even asks if we can go there on random days during the week! I think it is also having a really positive impact at school as she is far more vocal and confident in her own ability across many activities.”

“last week **** went on his first residential trip with school. A year ago this would not have been possible but since the group we have noticed how much easier he finds social interactions with his peers at school, this gave him the confidence to go on the trip. Thank you”

We are now taking referrals. If you would like further information and to download a referral form please visit our website on

#autism #adhd #dramatherapy #drama

Whilst running the office and developing services we continue to work on our bigger goal. We are making progress. It may be slow but we will get there 

A quick summary of what's on offer at express, all details can be found on our website  including referral forms (we accept self referrals):

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
Drama Club (application form needed)
3rd Monday of the month (term time): PDA Support Group

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
Siblings Group (referral needed)
Girls Group (referral needed)
Last Tues of the month (term time): Parent Support Group

Counselling by appt. (referral needed)
BUDs (referral needed)
Happy in School Workshop (referral needed)
2nd Wed of the month (term time): Dad's Group 
3rd Wed of the month (term time): TYA Support Group

Drama Therapy 1: (referral needed)
Drama Therapy 2: (referral needed)
1st Thurs of the month (term time): Mums Group


NEW Group Drama Therapy 3: (referral needed)

Saturdays & Sundays: 
Makaton professional courses both Foundation and Enhanced (parents costs are substantially subsidised, see registration details below)

We also offer EHCP & DLA Support by appt. contact 

And of course we are always in the office for 1:1 support or a chat just drop us an email or phone us 0208 390 4273 to let us know you'd like to pop in.

Latest autism friendly films

Click for details
Express Mum's Group

The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton
19.30pm-21.30pm on the first Thursday of the month, term time (next group 4th July. Come along, say hello and meet some other Mums.
To register your interest, please email
Express Dad's Group

The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton
19.30pm-21.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month, term time (next group 10th July). Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads.
To register your interest, please email
Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review Animation
An Introduction to Express CIC
Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely video for us.
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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