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Welcome to our January Newsletter
express News in Brief
 
We have had lots of new subscribers and families through our doors so we thought we'd keep this January newsletter based on what's on offer right here at express

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. 

2020 is set to be an even bigger year for Express and we need your help! We need to show that we have the support of the community - providing evidence, quotes and case studies as well as significant fundraising (for the hub) will be essential. Please do contact us with ways you can help.

Thank you so much to everyone who supports us. 
For further information on our upcoming events you can visit www.expresscic.org.uk or www.facebook.com/expresscic 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for being part of the express community! 

Annette & Tracey

Express CIC Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund 
Our next support groups are: 

Mum's Group 
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 6th February 19:30pm-21:30pm
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Dad's Group 
Waggon & Horses, Surbiton 12th
February 19:30pm-21:30pm
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Parents of young people with PDA 
express offices 20th January 12:15pm-14:15pm   
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Parent Support Group
express offices 25th
February 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.
Express Yourself

​Express Yourself provides a space for children on the autistic spectrum (age 5-12 groups are allocated by age and assessment) to interact and connect with others in a fun, supportive environment.

The group is run by one of our therapists and aims to meet the specific and unique social and emotional needs of autistic children using creative tools such as drama, puppetry, art, music and storytelling.

Our 2 groups run weekly on Thursdays at Express (4.00pm or 5.00pm) during term time & will have a maximum of 6 places per group. 

​To sign up fill out a referral form and email to arts@expresscic.org.uk
 

 


Hello 
My name is Elizabeth and I am one of the Dramatherapist’s working for Express CIC. I run the Express Yourself Thursday groups (as well as the Monday Drama Club)
Express Yourself has been running for many years and I have recently taken over from another therapist, currently on maternity leave.

Express Yourself allows space for children on the autistic spectrum, age 5-12, to come and be themselves whilst doing a little storytelling, puppet play, music or art - each week is slightly different.
There are 2 groups which run on a Thursday during term time – 4.15 and 5.15. Each group is small – a maximum of 4 per group. This is to allow the best possible input for the children involved. The groups run at the Express main offices.
Before joining a group you and your child will be asked to come for an assessment – don’t worry this is not a test!!!! The assessment  is just an opportunity to get to know one another and see if Express Yourself will be suitable for your family’s needs.
ExpressCIC is one of the most unique and special work places – I love working for Express!! This is because of the attention to detail that Tracey and Annette provide when setting up support groups. Kingston are truly lucky to have such an amazing service, because as someone who has worked across the South and East of England, I know that this sort of community hub is rare.
If you would like to know more please email arts@expresscic.org.uk 

Great news!  Express has been selected as Co-op local cause for another year. 

To support us you will need to select us again.

Please go to https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/37936 and choose us as your cause for this year.

#autism  #community  #dramatherapy  #drama  #siblings
Thank you 😊

FUNDING AVAILABLE
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 

*SPACES AVAILABLE IN GROUPS FROM JANUARY*
EXPRESS GROUPS


SHOPPING ONLINE?
Please remember to use easyfundraising when you do your shopping. 4,000 shops and sites will donate to EXPRESS At no extra cost to you - so you can raise donations when you BOOK THAT SUMMER HOLIDAY, AS WELL AS ALL YOUR USUAL shopping!


Makaton Courses @ Express

Professional Training Route
Foundation workshops
Taster Sessions
Using Makaton with Singing
Safeguarding
We are delighted to host regular Makaton courses run by Makaton Trainer Fouad Abbad - contact Fouad for more details and availability on the courses. Reduced rates for parents.

Lots of regular dates coming up please contact fouadabbad@gmail.com or check Makaton Training

at express CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Tolworth, London, KT6 7EL 
Please do share our leaflet so that more families get to know about Express CIC and what we offer
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Suzy is running a series of workshops at Express - we are happy to support this project and have donated the space to help lower ticket costs for attendees - for further information and to book and pay Suzy direct see

 23 January 2020 19:00-21:00 
Newly diagnosed autism child under 11? Your New Beginning 
www.facebook.com/events/842368516182220/ 

30 January  2020 from 19:00 – 21:00 
Autism & ADHD Therapies – What works & how? 
www.facebook.com/events/988520374837728/ 

13 February  2020 from 19:00 – 21:00 
 Deep Dive in Autism & ADHD Behaviours 
https://www.facebook.com/events/551907792262321/ 
BUDS@EXPRESS

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 & Friday mornings at express for blocks of 5 weeks each half-term & continue throughout the school year. We are very happy to support this project and have donated the space to help lower ticket costs for attendees. 
 
For more information, details of cost & to book please contact Sue via www.suegoldman.co.uk

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. 

​​To sign up fill out a referral form and email to info@expresscic.org.uk
Please do spread the word!
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 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 info@expresscic.org.uk for available slots. 


            

Counselling Sessions
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 counselling@expresscic.org.uk No referral is needed.

Children with SEND and the emotional impact on parents

We offer pre & post diagnosis support (telephone/email & 1:1 appointments), parent support groups & counselling.
See http://www.expresscic.org.uk/support.html

Open to families in Kingston, Richmond & surrounding boroughs.

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) 
NEXT:  TBC
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Mum's Group 1st Thursday bi-month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 19:30pm-21:30pm
NEXT: FEB 6th
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Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday bi-monthly (term time)
Waggon & Horses 19:30pm-21:30pm
NEXT: FEB 12th
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Parents of young people with PDA profile 3rd Monday of the month (term time)
express Offices 12:15pm-14:15pm   
NEXT: JAN 20th
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Parent Support Group Last Tuesday bi-monthly (term time) 
express Offices 13:00pm-14:30pm  
NEXT: FEB 25th
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EHCP & DLA 1:1 Support by Appt.
express offices
Contact support@expresscic.org.uk to arrange an appt.
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Counselling Service day & eve appointments available
express offices 
Contact counselling@expresscic.org.uk to arrange appt.
  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!
An Introduction to Express CIC
Thank you to John Williams who made this lovely video for us.
Spread the Word

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'
 
Reg. no. 8202424

Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund
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