Activities, News & Events

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KNOTS ARTS DRAMA SESSIONS AND YOUTH CLUB

Knots Arts continue 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 or email helloknots@gmail.com.

THE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR FOUNDATION

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 you can email Jessica at network@thecbf.org.uk. For more information about the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and what it can offer you, please visit their website: www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk.

DIMENSIONS AUTISM FRIENDLY FILMS

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

During these special screenings, the lights will be on low, the volume will be turned down, there will be no trailers at the beginning of the film, you'll be able to take your own food and drinks and be able to move around the cinema if you wish.


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


Sunday 22nd July - 'The Incredibles 2' - Odeon

Sunday 24th June - 'The Little Vampire' - Vue

Sunday 5th August - 'The Incredibles 2' - Cineworld

Sunday 8th July - 'Patrick' - Showcase


To find your nearest participating cinema and to make an online booking, please visit Dimension's Latest autism friendly films webpage. To book a tickets by telephone, call Odeon cinemas on 0800 138 3315, Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, Showcase on 0871 220 1000 and for Vue cinemas, please call them on 08712 240 240.

ACTIVITIES, NEWS & EVENTS

RISE MULTI-SPORTS CLUB ACTIVITIES

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 detail of these activities, please visit RISE children/young people. If you would like any further information about RISE, inclusive and disability specific sport or exercise activities, call RISE on 020 8831 6181/6134 or email rise@richmond.gov.uk

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 WORKSHOPS

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, or if you have this diagnosis yourself or think you could be 'on the spectrum', why not book a place on a Curly Hair Project workshop?


Details of forthcoming workshops 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 http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk.

ORLEANS HOUSE GALLERY: FREE FAMILY PASS

Available to eligible families, this pass enables free entry to a range of family programmes at Orleans House Gallery, including Dad Day, Sunday Afternoon Art, Family Explorers Art, Draw and Explore, plus My Richmond.


These passes are available for those who are:

Unemployed, receiving benefits (including Income Support, Job Seekers or Disability Allowance), caring for a child with a disability, have English as an additional language or are foster parents.


Please contact artseducation@richmond.gov.uk if you would like to apply for a Family Pass. You can also find out more about the family programmes and the Family Pass by visiting Free Family Passes.

SEND FAMILY VOICES: THE RIGHTS OF 16-25 YEAR OLDS WITH SEND

SEND Family Voices warmly invite you to come and listen to Steve Broach, a leading barrister and expert on health, education and social care for SEND.


Steve is an articulate and entertaining presenter who will guide us through the maze that surrounds post 16 provision. He will cover the practical application of the law.


There will be a short Q & A session and the topics will include:


   • Respite/Short breaks

   • Mental capacity

   • Education choices

   • Support to work

   • Parental responsibility

   • Social care

   • Community health

   • EHCPs


When: Thursday 27th September, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Where: York House (Clarendon Hall), Richmond Road, Twickenham. TW1 3AA

Price: Free to Richmond and Kingston Borough residents


There will be refreshments from 9.45am and a light lunch will also be available.


Booking is essential, so please visit SEND Rights 16-25 if you want to attend.

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