Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our Comedy Night and made it such a special evening. All the money raised will go towards our pilot project providing counselling for autistic children and young people.
We would also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Malden Golf Club who presented Express CIC with a cheque for £4520! They are a fabulous club and their support and generosity means so much to us. 💜
We are very proud to be the lovely Kingston Chamber of Commerce cause this year and we are looking forward to exhibiting at the Chessington Business Expo on 6th November 2019 - a chance to meet local businesses and organisations.
A request has come in from a parent/carer who would specifically like to meet other (single) parent/carers of autistic adults. We would be very happy to set up a group - if you are interested or know someone who is please email email@example.com stating which days/evenings would be best. We look forward to hearing from you.
Take a break, make yourself a cuppa & scroll all the way down for lots of information, events, groups, workshops and articles.
Express CIC is an independent, user led community organisation supporting young autistic people & their families.We welcome families from Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs. Over the last year we have directly supported approx. 600 children and adults (in our groups, support groups, 1:1, events & workshops) and many more by phone and email. This number looks set to grow over the next year. We continue to fundraise to keep our services running and expanding, for new equipment and for costs of creating the hub. Fabulous fundraisers are essential to Express so if you or someone you know would like to help raise some funds, please do let us know. It is easy to set up a secure fundraising page at LocalGiving Thank you so much to everyone who supports us.
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We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for being part of the Express community!
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 5th December 19:30pm-21:30pm
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 11th December 19:30pm-21:30pm
Parents of young people with PDA
express offices 18th November 12:15pm-14:15pm
Parent Support Group
express offices 17th December 13:00pm-14:30pm
So do pop along whether you have been before or are new to Express.
We would love to see you. We also offer 1:1 appointments and telephone support.
Don’t let this be lost and pushed aside. For years we have been in meetings wading through the PR and gloss saying exactly how it is. We see the impact on children and their families. So many young people are being failed by the system. Our children matter.
The #SENDinquiry report calls on @educationgovuk to develop a way for parents & schools to report directly to the DfE if local authorities are not complying with the law.
‘In 2014, Parliament legislated with the intention of transforming the educational experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The reforms were ambitious: the Children and Families Bill sought to place young people at the heart of the system. However, as we set out in this report, that ambition remains to be realised. Let down by failures of implementation, the 2014 reforms have resulted in confusion and at times unlawful practice, bureaucratic nightmares, buck-passing and a lack of accountability, strained resources and adversarial experiences, and ultimately dashed the hopes of many.’
It has “no confidence that the target to reduce the numbers of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health hospitals, set out in the NHS Long Term plan, will be met”. The biggest barrier to progress is a lack of political focus and accountability to drive change.
The detention of those with learning disabilities and/or autism is often inappropriate. It causes suffering and does long term damage.
The right housing, social care and health services needed to prevent people being detained inappropriately are simply not being commissioned at local level.
Too often families of young people, who may be desperately trying advocate on behalf of their children are considered to be the problem, when they can and should to be the solution.
The report on the detention of young people with learning disabilities &/or autism published today calls for urgent action to stop human rights abuses.
New SEND Community Alliance launched
SEND National Crisis, SEND Action and Special Needs Jungle, have linked together under the banner of “SEND Community Alliance”, an independent SEND campaigners group.
Great news! Express CIC has been selected as a Co-op local cause for another year.
AFC are encouraging applications to the Activity Fund - up to £140 towards an activity of your child's choice if they are aged up to 18 years, have a diagnosed disability and live in Kingston or Richmond. You can use this funding to pay for Express Groups
Have you seen our lovely new leaflet designed by Wild Monkey Creations? Ped very kindly gave us his time and support and we think he has done a fantastic job. Please do share so that more families get to know about Express CIC and what we offer 💜
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
SURVEYS AND REVIEWS
AFC SEN Support - parental feedback - LINK An opportunity to tell AFC all about the support your child/young person does or should receive at school. Kingston and Richmond families - do you have a child or young person receiving support for a special educational need at school (SEN Support)? AFC would like to hear your views on your child/young person's progress at his or her school.
Next Workshop - Building Successful Relationships with your Childs School 13th Nov 1.00pm-2.30pm at Express
Autism spectrum can be difficult to manage in a classroom, because it presents as individually as your child. There are many ways to support autistic children and young people to enable learning attainment.
You will learn how to communicate confidently with your child’s teachers, asking the right questions and learning how to manage better, when situations become challenging. This workshop will help you to understand more about the process leading up to diagnosis and what to expect afterwards, giving you the skills you need to advocate successfully for your child.
Please remember to use easyfundraising when you do your Christmas shopping. 4,000 shops and sites will donate to EXPRESS at no extra cost to you - so you can raise donations when you buy gifts, decorations, your festive food shopping!
at expressCIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Tolworth, London, KT6 7EL
We would like to expand our Sibs@Express to include siblings of children with additional needs (not just autism) as it is such a warm & welcoming group it would be lovely for the children to make some new friends.
SIBs @ Express
Sibs@Express is a group for children who have a brother or sister with additional needs to come together, make new friends and have a space to share their feelings in an understanding and supportive environment. The group is run by one of our therapists.
The club runs weekly on Tuesdays at Express during term time & will have a maximum of 8 places in the group.
Buds@Express is a small structured Parent/Carer & Child group for autistic preschoolers, including those who may not yet have a diagnosis. Activities are based on the highly-regarded Attention Autism programme, focusing on attention, communication & play development through clear structure, engaging activities & plenty of sparkle!
The group is led by Sue Goldman, an experienced Specialist Teacher (Autism) & Early Years Professional.
Sessions run for 1 hour on Wednesday mornings at Express for blocks of 5 weeks each half-term & continue throughout the school year.
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 stay and with your pre-schooler with a coffee and some interactive fun. You can book an individual slot or small groups welcome.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for available slots.
We set up our counselling service because many people told us that they would find it helpful to have a space to talk through the impact of having a child with special needs. It will be no surprise for you to learn that parents and carers of children with special needs are disproportionately affected by mental health difficulties. Yet it is also often very difficult for parents to give time to looking after themselves, including accessing services which would support their well-being, such as counselling.
You don't have to be in crisis or feeling really low to access this service - we are here for anyone who would just like to have the opportunity to talk to someone one to one, in a confidential and non-judgemental space. Seeking support before it all becomes overwhelming can be a good idea. We are also available for other family members, such as Grandparents, who may be struggling with caring or coming to terms with a member of the family having an autism or other diagnosis.
If you are interested in counselling or would like more information, please contact email@example.com. No referral is needed.
Open to families in Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs.
Did you know that IPSEA have a range of model letters available to download? From requesting an EHC needs assessment or responding to a draft EHC plan, to complaining when the educational provision in an EHC plan is not being made. Find them here
This wonderful video has been shared many times but if you haven't seen it yet & especially for all our new Express families it really is worth a watch.
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.
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.
It’s all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers responsibilities.
The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton
19.30pm-21.30pm first Thursday bi-monthly, term time (next group 5th December. Come along, say hello and meet some other Mums.
To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Express Dad's Group
The group runs from the Waggon and Horses in Surbiton
19.30pm-21.30pm second Wednesday bi-monthly, term time (next group11th December). Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads.
To register your interest, please email email@example.com
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.
Express CIC - 'creating a hub in the heart of the community, supporting young people with autism and their families, a place for everyone'