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Welcome to our May 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. 

May already! The Express team have been incredibly busy throughout the pandemic providing support, therapy and services. As we continue to move forward and ease out of lockdown we are all very much looking forward to returning to even more of our activities.



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 16+ 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 as soon as regulations allow 

To help us with our growing offer we've expanded and taken on two new team members, we welcome Vicky to our counselling team and Katie to our therapist team. 

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 
The National Diversity Awards 2021
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Express CIC
Annette’s youngest son was diagnosed autistic at 15 months old and ADHD at 9, he is now 16 and attends an autism specialist provision where he is thriving with the right support. Tracey’s brother is autistic with severe learning disabilities. Tracey has worked with autistic children and their families for over 15 years.

We met when our eldest children started primary school together and we became firm friends. In 2011 we conquered the Moonwalk together where during our hours of training an idea was born...

In 2012 we set up Express CIC, a user led voluntary organisation to provide information and support to autistic children, young people and their families. What started around a kitchen table is now the ‘go to’ place for Kingston and Richmond families.

Express now run a busy ‘mini hub’ in Tolworth and provide:

Drama Group
Work Experience
Student Placements
Volunteer opportunities

This last year has been particularly challenging for our own families and the families we support. Throughout the pandemic we have continued to provide much needed services. We’ve grown and adapted our services, expanded our voluntary team and created additional part time roles to help us meet increased demand.

‘This is an excellent service and Zoom helped me access this for the first time’

‘The counsellor had a kind attentive manner. I felt I did not have to explain autism related difficulties, but could express that and cut to the chase, feeling I was heard and acknowledged.’

‘Being able to see you outside in his own garden gives him the freedom to move around freely and express himself in a safe environment. Even after lockdown I think this format is something we would want to continue with. Thank you so much for this unique offer.’

‘The One to One Zoom sessions have provided my child with invaluable support during a very difficult time, when access to other sources of support has been very limited. Having someone to speak with and connect with outside the immediate family has made a real difference to my child and us as a family. Express do amazing work!’

Our highlight of the year was our unique virtual Grotto which enabled shielding families to attend a magical online experience. ‘What a beautiful, fantastic experience, well done to all involved and Father Christmas himself. You made a shielding family’s day.’

We could not do what we do without our fabulous team and the amazing young people and families we support. 

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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. 

PDA Day takes place on 15th May each year.

It’s a day to raise awareness, increase acceptance and take action about the PDA profile of autism.

This year the focus is on professionals who work with PDA children and adults – GPs, clinicians, teachers/TAs/SENCos, educational psychologists, social workers, therapists (speech & language, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy …), charities, nurses/mentors/counsellors, outreach workers, people working in Local Authorities and others.

You can find information about here

At Express we run a very active and friendly PDA Support group.
Contact for details. 
Express Mum's Group Zoom meet-up is on
6th May 20.00-22.00pm.
Please email us on or for Zoom registration details.

Express PDA Group Zoom meet-up is on
17th May 12.30-14.00pm.
Please email us on for Zoom registration details.
See or email
for details of groups, connect & outdoor sessions
Confidence building, develop friendships, skills, interact & connect in a fun, supportive environment
#autism #sibs #drama #dramatherapy
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'
Interesting Articles, Information, Consultations and Guides: 

Have your say about clubs for children and young people with disabilities - Short Breaks 
New Special Educational Needs and Disability Register in Kingston and Richmond 

Has inclusion had its day as a concept in education? 
That tweet 
Autism and Food Sensitivities 
Kingston SEND Parent Carer Forum with Jan Jenner qualified sleep expert 
Colette McCulloch: Parents publish book as insight into autism 
What is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)? 

What is the Impact of the Recent Lockdown Restrictions on the Social Development of  Children on the Autism Spectrum? 
Measuring Parental Stress and Self-compassion in Parents 
The Impact of Tactile Responsivity on functioning, mental heath and wellbeing

Learning Disabilities - Resources from the LeDeR program: 
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. 

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What would you like to see more or less of?
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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
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Express CIC and what we offer  💜

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