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Welcome to our October 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. 

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the new families and professionals who have recently joined us. The Express community has grown considerably over the last year with demand for services at an all time high. A special welcome to Alycia who will be joining us soon as a dramatherapist, Emily our new talking therapist and to our new volunteers at Drama@Express, Beth and Cara.

It's October so almost Christmas :) - take a look below for an exciting opportunity to attend a special Express Families Christmas at Kew Gardens session (limited spaces).

The Kingston Community Lottery has launched with the first draw taking place Saturday 9th October. Visit our page and see how you can play and help us raise vital funds. Please let your family, friends and colleagues know too. Thank you.

There are limited spaces available for our 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 

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 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 
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 
We are really excited to be a Kingston Community Lottery good cause 
See how you can play and help raise vital funds

Kingston Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and its residents. 

Play the lottery, support the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames - it’s that simple! 

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 a week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000! 

Players must be 16 or over.
Always play responsibly.

We are very pleased to be able to offer free entry (limited spaces) to a very special
Express Families Christmas at Kew Gardens
Saturday 18th December 2021
(exact time to be confirmed but it will be early exclusive entry) 

With Special Thanks to Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew: 
Join us for the most wonderful time of the year at Kew Gardens as our magical winter trail lights up the evening skies for 2021. Enjoy our annual after-dark festivities, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display.
Journey through the mesmerising flickering flames in the Fire Garden, spot larger-than-life illuminations and say hello to Father Christmas along the way.
Access info:
The trail is approximately 2.6km long and takes an estimated 75 minutes to walk.
The route is designed so that it can be viewed from the pathways. Some interactive elements may invite the audience onto grass where we will provide additional matting. Christmas at Kew is presented in the natural landscape. Whilst every effort is made to make the trail fully accessible, by its very nature it will cover some difficult terrain with a number of varying gradients. These areas may be challenging during wet weather. 
Let us know if there is anything we can help with to make it more accessible. 

You are encouraged to use public transport as parking is extremely limited.
Public transport info: 
If you need parking please indicate on the booking form, we have 3 spaces available but may be able to secure another if needed. 

IMPORTANT: We anticipate these places will be very popular and will go quickly so please email us ASAP to request an application form. These places are only for families registered with Express.


Please note you will remain responsible for your child/children at all times.
Your place is not confirmed unless we have emailed you that a place has been allocated.

Support Groups

Express Mum's Group face to face meet-up is on
7th October 19.30pm-21.00pm

Please email us on or for details.

Express Mum's Group Zoom meet-up is on
24th November 12.30pm-14.00pm

Please email us on for details.

Express PDA Group Zoom meet-up is on
October 12.30-14.00pm
Please email us on for details.

Express Dad's Group face to face meet-up 
Date & time to be confirmed

Please email us on to express an interest.

A message from Involve

Kingston Mencap and Involve are working together on an event on Wednesday 13th October at 7:30pm to 8:30pm on google hangouts.

This event will be for People with Learning disabilities (adults) about keeping safe in the evenings in Kingston, the police will be at this event talking about keeping safe.

If you would like to ask the police any questions, please feel free.

There will be a fun quiz near the end 

It would be good, if you could come along to the event to help you feel safe in Kingston. 

You can email: and for the link if you would like to attend the event.

More about involve

A message from Dimensions

We are marking five years of the #ImWithSam campaign to tackle hate crime in October. 

We are doing a new survey to find out people’s experience of hate crime and reporting things to the police. You can complete the survey using this link:


There is a video explaining the survey and why you should fill the survey in. We can help people to complete the survey over the phone, they can ask for this by emailing

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:

'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'
What is Drama Therapy at Express
for an application form
Please contact 

1:1 dramatherapy at our studio or an outside setting 
2:1 dramatherapy at our studio 

1:1 connect sessions via zoom with our therapists 
Express Yourself Group 
Express Teens Group
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. 

We need more lovely people like you
to raise FREE donations for Express CIC by using #easyfundraising when you shop online.

Over 5,200 online retailers including John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Uswitch, eBay and M&S are ready to give a free donation every time you shop online. Plus, once you’ve signed up and raised £5 in donations, easyfundraising will give us an extra £5 bonus donation.…

It really is an easy way to help raise essential funds

Please sign up and share to help us too.

Thank you 💜

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Active Autism Football is back  Weekly sessions in Kingston and Lambeth for young footballers aged 5 to 16 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Book now via
Interesting Articles, Information, Consultations and Guides: 

Dating while autistic: romance isn’t easy when you miss the social cues – and the red flags
Sister's struggle with autism diagnosis inspires debut play
Making sense of your autism diagnosis
‘Why do they have to be brilliant?’ The problem of autism in the movies
‘It was draining’: This is what Freshers’ Week is like according to autistic students
My experience with EMDR as an autistic young person
Oskar Nash: Mum's heartbreaking grief over son's suicide and fight against authorities that failed him - Surrey Live

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


Ambitious about Autism -


Research study on romantic relationships

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 

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 
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. 
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
#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 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 💜

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.

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 
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. 
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. 
Please do share our leaflet so that more families get to know about
Express CIC and what we offer  💜

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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