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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


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 For more information about the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and what it can offer you, please visit their website:


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 24th September - ‘Cars 3' - Odeon

Sunday 24th September - 'Spark' - Vue

Sunday 3rd September - 'Cars 3' - Cineworld

Sunday 10th September - 'Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor ' - 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.



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

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, 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


NAS Kingston is again offering children with autism and their families the opportunity to attend their Sunday Play sessions. These are based at two locations:

The Pod, Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston. KT2 5BH

When: Sunday 1st October, 17th December. 3.30pm to 5.15pm

Based at the YMCA Hawker Centre, the Pod is a two storey soft play installation including a multi-sensory room situated to the rear of the play area. The room has bubble mirrors, a laser star projector, bubble tube and infinity tunnel. NAS Kingston will have private use of the space, there is a cafe available for drinks, etc, and siblings are welcome. Please remember that parents are responsible for their children throughout the session and must supervise them.

If you would like to join in the fun, please email so that NAS Kingston have an idea of numbers because there is a limit on the number of children they can take.  


Where: Warren Park (Action for Children), Kingston Hill, KT2 7LX

When: Sunday 17th September, 19th November, 3.00pm to 5.00pm

The facilities here include a sensory room, soft play, an outdoor trampoline, a slide and bikes. There is no need to book - just turn up. Parents are responsible for their children, and no children are allowed in the kitchen area.


Starting this September, NAS Richmond and the Educational Psychology Team will be running a series of group meetings to offer support to families who are 'on the pathway' or have just received a diagnosis of autism for their child, irrespective of any other needs. These groups are funded by the Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

When: Friday 22nd September, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where: Castlenau Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes, SW13 9AQ

Please note that there is street parking with some restrictions on weekdays between 10.00am and 12.00pm. The Centre has parking vouchers which can be bought if you are coming to an activity in the morning.

When: Monday 20th November, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where: York House, Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 3AA

When: Friday 12th January 2018, 10.30am to 12noon

Where: The CrossWay Centre, 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham, TW1 2PD

There is a creche facility available during the morning meeting, and you will need to book places with Me Too and Co in advance. Email them at  or phone 07946 646033.


This spring, Tower Bridge's Autism Friendly Early Open Mornings return, opening its doors early for children with autism and other needs, as well as their siblings, families and carers.

Families will be able to explore the Exhibition and Engine Rooms in a calm, relaxed atmosphere and also take part in a family craft activity if they wish. Also available will be a family trail, which visitors can complete at their own pace. You can also download a Visual Story to help prepare for the visit.

Autism Friendly Open Mornings will take place on the following Saturdays:

19th August, 16th September

Places are limited so booking is essential.To ensure a calm, relaxed environment in the ticket office, Tower Bridge will be operating a timed entry system.

Entry times: 8.45am, 9.00am, 9.15am, 9.30am (general public admitted at 10.00am)

Tickets for the April event are on sale via an Eventbrite page  and for any questions beforehand, email or call 020 7940 8397


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 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.


Toucan Diversity Ltd's Disability Equality training gives participants the chance to see disability as a human rights issue, which is based on the ideas of the ‘Social Model.’ The training explores the various barriers that people with disabilities face and encourages participants to think about what can be done to remove them.

This session is interactive and involves various group activities. The facilitators Madissa Asgari and Tom Silver will share with you their personal experiences of living with a disability. The session's objectives are:

     •  To understand where attitudes come from and how they have changed

       over time

     •  To highlight the importance and value of the 'Social Model'

     •  To identify the respectful language and etiquette to use in the UK

     •  To create a more inclusive environment for staff, clients, volunteers, pupils etc

When: Wednesday 4th October 2017, 10.00am to 2.00pm

Where: Hampton Hill Playhouse, 90, High Street, Hampton Hill. TW12 1NY

Price: £30.00

For: Parents and anyone working/interacting with children and adults who live with a disability.

To book your place, please visit Diversity Equality Training (places are limited). For more information, email or call 07581 410483.


This October, Kew Gardens will be offering autistic people of all ages and their carers an opportunity to visit the iconic Palm House and enjoy seeing its wide variety of plants, ranging from bananas to bamboo!

When: Sunday 1st October, 9.00am to 10.00am

Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Richmond. TW9 3AE

Cost: Free event plus free entry

Age range: Suitable for all ages (especially early risers!)

There will be plenty of Kew colleagues supporting this event and there will also be the option of a free 40 minute guided tour suitable for people aged 18 and over (you are also welcome to explore the Palm House interior for yourself). This free event includes day entry so you are welcome to stay and explore the Gardens when the Palm House event has finished.

Places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. To register in advance for this event and for more more information, do contact Justine Parker at or call 020 8332 5643.

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