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Welcome to our June Newsletter
express News in Brief

We start with some great news! We are recent members of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, we joined with a view to forging links to support our Careers Guidance Service here at Express. The new president Martha Mador has chosen us as the Chambers cause for this year! We are very grateful to Martha and the Chamber and we look forward to working with them to further support our young people into work. 
In more good news we have both been selected to receive certificates of recognition by The British Citizen Awards (BCA) for outstanding contribution to society. 

In less happier and quite frankly sickening news we have included Sara Ryan's comments below on the state of care services for some of our young people. This is not news to families, over the years there have been so many reports and so much heartbreak. 

As well as all our regular support groups we were very pleased to offer a new support group for parent/carers of young people with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). The first group took place on May 20th and was very well received and attended, the PDA Society has listed our group under their local support section. 
Whether you are pre diagnosis, going through the process or have valuable experience to share, please do come along/drop in to a supportive friendly environment.
Contact for further information.

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.

We have been meeting lots of new parents, many who have only just found out about express. 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
This Volunteers Week we would like to say an extra special THANK YOU to all the Express Volunteers. You are amazing and we couldn't  support all the families we do with out you!
If you would like to become a volunteer at Express, please do contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Years after my son died in NHS care,
state-sanctioned torture continues
Watch Dean Beadle speak for SEND/neurodiverse children at the #SENDCrisis #SENDNationalCrisis rally in Parliament Square. 
Express CIC are working with the H.I.S Project to offer Parent Workshops 

#happyinschool project returns to Express CIC
#happyinschool project developed by dynamic autism advocate and author Suzy Rowland, is a series of fun interactive sessions 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 project which runs over a six-week period is fun, interactive and covers a range of topics ranging exclusions to making friends at school.
What previous #happyinschool-ers are saying:
“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 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 the sessions 

Wednesdays 5th June -10th July 
at Express CIC
452 Ewell Road 
Surbiton KT6 7EL (on the parade at the back of M&S Tolworth)
please email with your name and 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!


We are really excited to be working with M&S to offer a day of skills based employability training for autistic adults on 7th June 2019 at Express CIC.
To register your interest email with name and age and we will send you further details. Spaces are limited.

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. 

Watch Kodi, who is autistic, blind and an amazing talent.
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. 

Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) Rose Theatre
Mum's Group 1st Thursday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
Dad's Group 2nd Wednesday of the month (term time)
Waggon & Horses 7:30-9:30pm
NEXT: JUN 12th
Parents of young people with PDA profile 3rd Monday of the month (term time)
express Offices 12:15-14:15pm   
NEXT: JUN 17th
Parents of teen/young adult 3rd Wednesday of the month (term time)
express Offices 7:30-9:00pm   
NEXT: JUN 19th
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) 
express Offices 1:00-2:30pm  
NEXT: JUN 25th
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.

Thursday 6 June 2019 Clapham Comedy Club @ Bread & Roses, Clapham :  
Matt Richardson , Naomi McDonald Double Edinburgh Fringe Festival Previews MC Sion James
*25% of Profits to be donated to Express CIC
Further info:
£8 Entry Advanced bookings
(£10 Cash on Door)
Doors 7.30pm Show 8.30pm    Food available until 9.00pm 

Please support Express through Co-op Local Community Fund 
It’s a great opportunity to raise funds
#autism #community #dramatherapy #drama #siblings
Thank you 😊

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.
Many vulnerable children with learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals for too long in poor conditions

Is My Child REALLY 'Fine' in School?

“It’s a Spectrum” Doesn’t Mean What You Think

Supporting your autistic loved one's mental health

Today we make history, taking to the streets in protest to end the #SENDNationalCrisis

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.

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
Kingston Health and Care Plan 2019-2021 – discussion document

People living and working in Kingston are invited to give their feedback on the draft Kingston Health and Care Plan for 2019-21. The plan has been developed by NHS organisations, Kingston Council and voluntary organisations in the borough who have worked together to review the local community’s health and care needs for the future. It also follows an extensive period of engagement with local people and health and care staff.
The plan describes the vision, priorities and actions which no single organisation can achieve alone: where health, social care and the voluntary sector working together will have maximum impact. This draft plan should be read in the context of other local health and care strategies. 
You can find the full and summary versions of the draft plan here, where there is also a short survey asking for your views on the priorities and actions that have been set out.
SEND Futures Conference 2019.

For all SEND stakeholders in Kingston and Richmond including parents and carers of children and young people with SEND - Please email directly to register your interest.
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.
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.

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

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

Contact for an application form
  Help support an autistic child by donating!

We are currently supporting over 25 children every week attending our groups. 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!
  We need your help! We need some recent quotes for an application we are making.
Please let us know how we are doing or how we have helped you and your family.
Please email your comments to
Thank you 😊


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 7.30-9.30pm on the first Thursday of the month, term time (next group 6th June. 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 7.30-9.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month, term time (next group 12th June). Come along, say hello and meet some other Dads.
To register your interest, please email
Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review Animation

We have a small number of people who have very kindly set up Direct Debits to support express. We really appreciate their support. It's good to know we have some regular money coming in to contribute to the costs of running the office, providing services and support.

We really do need more lovely people to consider setting up Direct Debits. It's a secure way to donate and we can claim Gift Aid!
You can donate from as little as £2 per month and make a HUGE difference to express.

Please take a look at and see how you can help. Thank you.

We get invited to many events and we do our best to attend when we can. We are a very small team so sometimes it is not possible but do let us know if there is something you would like us to come along to.
Take a look at details of our groups and referral forms. We are taking referrals for all key stages and we will look at matching similar age groups. Depending on eligibility and criteria you may be able to apply for Activity Fund to support with costs. 

We are still working on providing even more evidence that there is a need for services! We really do need all parents/carers to take a few minutes to complete our survey.

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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