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Knots Arts continues to successfully support youngsters with social and communication difficulties.  Drama sessions for children aged 5 to 13, and a youth group for for teenagers run every Saturday in term-time in East Sheen/Mortlake. They have a limited number of funded and assisted places for the clubs.  

If you would like to find out more, please contact Cassie Yates on 07947 212485, email or visit Knots Art's website


Would you like to chat with other family carers in a similar situation? Have you ever wanted the opportunity to get some support from someone who's been in your shoes? The Challenging Behaviour Foundation's Family Carers' Email Network could be for you!

The network is open to any family member caring for a relative with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging. So whether you are a parent, sibling, grandparent or even an aunt or uncle, you will be very welcome to join.

All the messages are anonymous and you can ask for advice on any issue you'd like. There have been questions about challenging behaviour, iPad apps, strong furniture, how to become a deputy, renovating your house...the possibilities are endless.

To join the network, just visit the Family Carers' Email Network webpage where you'll find a link to the Email Network application form. For more information about the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and what it can offer you, please visit their website:



Richmond Inclusive Sports and Exercise (RISE) provides a varied programme of activities for children and young people who have a disability.

These activities include football, Fusion junior dance, golf, rugby, swimming, tennis trampolining and wheelchair basket ball. RISE also offers its Saturday Multi-Sport Club plus Rise to Shine. Rise to Shine is a project to get young people who live or go to school in Richmond Borough involved in the London Youth Games.

For more details, please visit RISE Activities for young people. If you would like any further information about RISE, inclusive and disability specific sport or exercise activities, call RISE on 020 8831 6134 or email from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

RISE also offers sporting opportunities to adults, the details of which can be found on the Young People and Adults page.


The Curly Hair Project aims to help women and girls who have an autism spectrum condition and their loved ones who don't have this condition to communicate and understand each other better.

Should you have a daughter who has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, if you have this diagnosis yourself or think you could be 'on the spectrum', why not book a place on a Curly Hair Project webinar?

Details of forthcoming webinars can be found on the Young People and Adults page  and if you would like to learn more about the Curly Hair Project, its services and resources, do visit


Activity Station organises fun and exciting activities for people with disabilities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and beyond. They also work with other organisations to bring accessible and inclusive events to people across different age groups, covering a wide range of interests.  

Please go to our Young People and Adults page to find out more about the latest Activity Station events. Do visit to learn more about Activity Station has to offer.


Dimensions works with Showcase, Vue, Cineworld, Picturehouse, Everyman and Odeon Cinemas to screen a variety of films on Sundays throughout the year in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment.

Details of what films are being shown by which cinema chain are given below:

Sunday 5th April - 'Onward' - Cineworld

Sunday 8th March - 'Onward' - Showcase

Sunday 15th March - 'Wall-E' - Picturehouse

Sunday 29th March - 'Onward' - Odeon

Sunday 8th December - 'Frozen 2' - Everyman

Sunday 29th March - 'Frozen 2' - Vue

To find your nearest participating cinema and to make an online booking, please visit Dimension's Autism Friendly Screenings webpage. To book a tickets, call the Odeon on 0800 138 3315, Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, Showcase on 0871 220 1000, Picturehouse on 0207 294 7908, Everyman on 01233 50481 and Vue on 08712 240 240.


Richmond Mencap are launching for 2019 a programme for young people aged 8 to 17 years old with mild to moderate learning disabilities, social communication conditions, ADHD and other additional needs. This will include:

Discos – for groups aged 8 to 12 and 13 to 17 years old at various times throughout the year. These offer the chance to socialise, play games and dance. Some of these will be held in Barnes and others will be at a more central location.

Trips and visits – for groups aged 8 to 13 and 14 to 17 years old. These are a range of activities and visits designed to meet a range of interest and abilities. These will take place regularly throughout the year, mainly at the weekends.

Social Group – Thinking about independence for people aged 14 and upwards.

Richmond Mencap want to welcome new people into the service, so please do phone or email them for more information or to make a booking. If your son or daughter hasn’t attended Richmond Mencap activities before, a time will be arranged to meet with them and you before any places are allocated (places are allocated fairly to both new and previous attendees).

For further information, please contact Richard Ferriday on 020 8744 1923 or at He is available in the office Monday to Thursday until 1.00pm and if he isn't available, please leave a message or email him and he will get back to you as soon as he can.


As you will know, there is a lot of concern about the current corona virus outbreak. The NAS's position is that the priority of the charity is the welfare and safety of the people they support.

NAS Head Office has already cancelled a number of large events and has contacted its Branches; strongly advising them to adopt this same precautionary approach by cancelling or postponing all events/activities due to take place in March and April.

For this reason, our Branch has sadly made the decision to cancel the coffee mornings for the time being, but once we have been advised that we can start holding them again, we will let you know.

Having said that, our Branch is continuing to offer information, support and signposting, so please do continue emailing

For the latest Government advice about corona virus (Covid-19), please visit Coronavirus (Covid-19): UK government response.


This May, the Rose Theatre in Kingston is offering a relaxed performance of Zog.

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great!

When: Friday 29th May, 1.30pm

Where: Main auditorium, Rose Theatre, 24 - 26, High Street, Kingston. KT1 1HL

Age recommendation: All ages welcome

Running time: 60 minutes (no interval)

For further information and to book tickets, please visit Zog Relaxed Performance.

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