Activities, News & Events
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KNOTS ARTS DRAMA SESSIONS AND YOUTH CLUB
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.
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, 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: https://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 WEBINARS
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 https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk.
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.
DIMENSIONS AUTISM FRIENDLY FILMS
Dimensions works with Showcase, Vue, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Odeon Cinemas to screen a variety of films on Sundays throughout the year in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. These adjustments aim to reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming environment.
Details of what films are being shown by which cinema chain are given below:
Sunday 4th August - 'The Lion King' - Cineworld
Sunday 14th July - 'Toy Story 4' - Showcase
Sunday 21st July - 'Wonder Park' - Picturehouse
Sunday 28th July - 'The Lion King' - Odeon
Sunday 28th July - 'Missing Link' - 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 Odeon cinemas on 0800 138 3315, Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, Showcase on 0871 220 1000, Picturehouse on 0207 294 7908, and for Vue cinemas 08712 240 240.
RICHMOND MENCAP: CHILDREN'S & YOUNG PEOPLE'S ACTIVITIES
Richmond Mencap are launching for 2019 a new 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 email@example.com. 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.
NAS KINGSTON BRANCH: SUNDAY FUN SESSIONS
NAS Kingston Branch will be holding more of their popular Sunday Fun Sessions at The Pod. This is a two storey soft play installation that includes a multi-sensory room situated to the rear of the play area. The room has bubble mirrors, a laser star projector, bubble tube and an infinity tunnel.
When: Sunday 15th September, 3.30pm to 5.15pm
Where: The Pod, YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston. KT2 5BH
NAS Kingston Branch will have private use of the space, and siblings are welcome. A cafe is available for drinks and snacks, and there will be party food for the children. Parents are responsible for their children and must supervise them throughout the session.
If you’d like to join in the fun, do visit Sunday Fun Session (spaces are limited). The signup password is tomato.
Please save the date for future Pod events - signups available nearer the time:
13th October, 17th November, 15th December (Christmas special).
OUR NEXT COFFEE MORNING
On Friday, we will have as our guest Jayne Jardine, who is the CEO of the Brent Specialist Academy Trust.
AfC is proposing to open a special school based at Moor Lane, Chessington and is receiving bids from various prospective providers. Our guest would like to talk with you to find out what you think is needed in both Richmond and Kingston Boroughs for pupils at both primary and secondary levels, so this will be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on this subject.
If you would like to come along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07946 646033 to let Skylarks (formerly Me Too & Co) know, since this will give everyone an idea of the number of people to expect.
As usual, refreshments are provided by Skylarks. Although there is no charge for refreshments , Skylarks do appreciate donations to cover their costs.
Looking forward to meeting you.
ACTION-ATTAINMENT: FUN IN THE SUN
Action-attainment is currently promoting Fun in the Sun, their summer programme for children and young people with social and communication needs aged 5 to 25.
The activities will include the following:
Ball Skills for Fun (5 to 11 years)
Introduction to Paddleboards/Kayaks (8 to 11 years)
Family Watersports (one session for children 8+ and a second for young adults)
Paddleboards and Kayaks (teenagers and young adults)
Ball Sports and Cycling Proficiency (teenagers and young adults)
Golf (teenagers and young adults)
Action-attainment aims to build groups that have similar levels of ability and age aiming for positive experiences of sport. Links between Action-attainment and specialists activity providers such as Knots Arts has enabled some families to follow up on a morning of exercise with an afternoon of creative activities for the 5-11 age group. Check the Knots Arts website for details at https://knotsarts.com.
To be on Action-attainment's mailing list for information on the 2019 activities, visit http://www.action-attainment.com/contact-us/ or email email@example.com for a booking form and further information. Action-attainment have already had some expressions of interest, so this means that places are booking fast.
To find out more about these activities, do visit Fun in the Sun 2019