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 23rd June - ‘Despicable Me 3' - Odeon

Sunday 25th June - 'Peppa Pig' - Vue

Sunday 2nd July - 'Despicable Me 3' - Cineworld

Sunday 9th July - 'Despicable Me 3 ' - 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.

ALADDIN: AUTISM FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

This August, Aladdin and the National Autistic Society have partnered to create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy Disney's spectacular new West End musical. Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney's Aladdin to life on the West End stage.


This specially adapted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up should anyone need to leave their seats. The theatre lighting will kept on at a low level during the performance, and sound levels of some the special effects will also be reduced, in order to make the environment comfortable for all.


When: Tuesday 29th August 2017, 1.30pm

Where: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London. W1D 4HS

Age range: 6 years and above


Please visit Aladdin Tickets or call Prince Edward Theatre's access booking line on 0844 482 5152 for price information and to purchase your tickets. Tickets for this autism friendly performance will be posted one month prior to the performance. For access bookings, should you experience any problems, call 0344 482 5137.


For more information, including links to a visual story and a walk-through film of the Prince Edward Theatre, please visit Aladdin Autism Friendly.

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.

NAS KINGSTON: SUNDAY FUN SESSIONS

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 16th July, 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, their 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 swapskingston@googlemail.com so that NAS Kingston have an idea of numbers because there is a limit on the number of children they can take.  

                         

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.

YOUR CAMHS EXPERIENCES: MEET THE COMMISSIONERS

As you are no doubt aware, there has been quite a bit in the local news recently concerning proposed changes to the eligibility criteria for children being referred to South West London St. George's Mental Health Trust (SWLSG) for assessments of autism and ADHD


SEND Family Voices, NAS Richmond, Express CIC and ADHD Richmond have arranged four meetings where those of you who have used (or are using) CAMHS services will have the opportunity to meet the commissioners and discuss your experiences.


These meetings will be facilitated by parents and accompanied by either one or both of the CCG Children's Commissioners (Kingston and Richmond). The information gathered during these discussions will be summarised to produce a report which may be used in any future consultations about diagnostic pathways for autism and ADHD in the future.


These are the questions that will be explored at the meetings:

  1.  Is a diagnosis important?

  2.  What worked well about the process?  What didn't work well?

  3.  What are the benefits of diagnosis (if any)?

  4.  After diagnosis, what changed for your child?  And what changed for you?

  5.  What services did you feel able to access whilst waiting for a diagnosis?

  6.  Who helped you? And what else could have helped and when?


Express CIC meeting:

When: Monday 19th June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where: 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 7EL

Email: info@express.org.uk   Visit Express CIC Meeting to book your place


ADHD Richmond meeting:

When: Wednesday 21st June, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Where: Russell Cooke's offices, Bishop's Palace House, Kingston Bridge, KT1 1QN

Email: communications@adhdrichmond.org


SEND Family Voices meeting/Me Too & Co meeting:

When: Friday 23rd June, 10.30am to 12.00pm

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

There is a crèche available, but contact Me Too & Co first on 07946 646033 or by email at info@metooandco.org.uk to book a crèche space.  


NAS Richmond meeting:

When: Thursday 13th July,  10.00am to 12.00pm

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

Email: sendfamilyvoices@outlook.com   Tel: 07469 746145


For all of these meetings, it is essential that you book a place first.

TOWER BRIDGE: AUTISM FRIENDLY EARLY OPEN MORNINGS

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 learning@towerbridge.org.uk or call 020 7940 8397

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.

BBC PROMS RELAXED PERFORMANCE

For all you Prom lovers, BBC Proms is holding the World's first ever Relaxed Prom, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.


This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.


In this live concert, the full forces of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring you popular classics and music from TV and film for all the family to enjoy. Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the Relaxed Prom is an interactive and fun experience of music in a welcoming environment.


Also available are a couple of guides to help prepare for your visit:

        Guide for Parents/Guardians /Carers to the Relaxed Prom

   •     Visual Story for the Relaxed Prom


When: Saturday 29 July 2017, 12.00pm

Where: Royal Albert Hall. Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2A

Price: £6.00 (plus booking fee)


The Prom will be on wider public sale on 12th May. Until this date, booking will be possible only via the link and promotional code(s) below. You will need the following promo codes in order to book tickets:

     •     Promo code: 27584 (Standard Pre-sale)

     •     Promo code: 27582 (Pre-sale with Audio Description)

     •     Promo code: 27583 (Pre-sale with British Sign Language interpretation)


To book tickets, please visit Relaxed Prom. If you have any questions about the Prom or how to book, please contact Molly.Gallagher@bbc.co.uk.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL: RELAXED PERFORMANCE

Following the success of previous relaxed performances, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is delighted to present the fourth relaxed performance of Matilda The Musical this June. This is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.


This performance provides a relaxed environment, with elements of the environment adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact, and there is a relaxed attitude to noise and people moving around the auditorium during the performance. There will also be designated 'chill out' areas outside the auditorium with soft seating, plus activities for people to use should being in the auditorium become overwhelming for them.


When: Sunday 11th August 2017, 3.00pm

Where: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham St, London WC2H 9HU

Price: £25.00 and £10.00

Age range: 6 years and above


The RSC is offering tickets at this reduced rate which can be bought through the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 403493, or else you can buy them in person at the Box Office. All bookers will be provided with a visual story to help them familiarise themselves with the characters and settings before they arrive at the theatre.

OLIVER TWIST: AUTISM FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

For the first time, in association with the National Autistic Society, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is offering an autism friendly performance of Oliver Twist.


This specially adapted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand and a dedicated quiet area should anyone wish to leave their seats. As an outdoor theatre without the perceived barriers of walls and ceilings, theatregoing at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is an open and welcoming experience, and one which families can enjoy together.


When: Wednesday 26th July, 10.00am

Where: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NU

Price: Free, but it is recommended that you book your tickets in advance.

Age range: 6 years and over


Please visit Oliver Twist for further information, to reserve your tickets, and from mid-May, to view a synopsis and some production notes that will be added to this page to help you prepare for your visit .

KNOTS ARTS SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Knots Arts are please to announce that they will be running two weeks of arts and drama activities specially designed for children and young people with social communication difficulties again this summer.


Play In A Week

Does your son or daughter love to act? At Play in a Week, young people with social communication difficulties will explore drama techniques, play games and use improvisation, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the final day. Supported by Knots Arts trained and experienced drama facilitators, young people will be able to develop their creative skills in a safe space that is understanding of their communication needs.


When: Monday 24th to Friday 28th July, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: Studio 1, The OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd, London. SW13 0LF

Age Range: 10 to 18 years (with some flexibility depending on need)

Price: £125.00 (bursary places are available)


Summer Arts

Summer Arts sessions provide fun, exciting and interesting two hour tasters of drama, dance, storytelling, art and music specifically for children with social communication difficulties. Children will be split into two age and ability appropriate groups and supported to engage with activities by a team of experienced staff and play guides from Knots Arts.


When: Monday 7th to Friday 11th August, 10.00am to 12.00pm, 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Where: Holy Trinity Church Hall, 162 Castelnau, Barnes, London SW13 9ET

Age Range: 4 to 12 years

Price: £10.00 per session, £20.00 for a full day (bursary places are available)


Please contact Knots Arts at hello@knotsarts.com or call them on 07947 212485 for more information or to book your space. Do visit Play In A Week or Summer Arts for further details of these activities.

MUSEUM OF LONDON: MORNING EXPLORERS

Morning Explorers gives families of children with autism an opportunity to explore the Museum of London's galleries. Discover fascinating objects and take part in relaxed family activities such as object handling, arts and crafts and a sensory space.


Morning Explorers is free and provides an informal atmosphere in which to explore the museum, sensitive to the needs of children with autistic spectrum conditions.


When: Saturday 1st July, 8.30am to 10.00am

Where: Museum of London, 150, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Price: Free

Age Range: Under 13 years old


Please visit Morning Explorers for more information and to book your places. Full programme information will be emailed to ticket holders in the week before the event.

AUTISTICA AND THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES

Autistica have partnered with the world-renowned Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes LEGO exhibition in London to help them design autism-friendly sessions. Autistica know it’s often difficult for parents of children with autism to have a family day out but it’s so important to give them the chance.


By advising Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes to make small adjustments to their events, hundreds of families with autistic children will now find it easier to plan a visit. Autistica are proud of these autism friendly sessions and are grateful to the organisers for their support of Autistica's longer-term research work.


When: Sunday 30th July, 27th August, 9.00am

Where: The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes exhibition is in a purpose built tent on South Bank's Upper Ground, directly behind the National Theatre and the BFI, and next door to the Rambert Ballet Company. The venue is easily accessible via public transport.


The early sessions will allow those with autism and their families to experience and enjoy the exhibit in a relaxed environment. Quiet areas will be provided along with advance information sheets to assist with planning and arrival. For more information and to book tickets, please visit Art of The Brick: DC Super Heroes.

OUR NEXT COFFEE MORNING

This time, the topic of our meeting will be Dyslexia and Autism and you are warmly invited to come along, find out more, share experiences, and meet other people in a similar situation in a supportive environment.


There are a few places available in Me Too & Co's crèche for pre-school children and those children not currently in formal education. Places need to be booked in advance and depend on the number of volunteers available that morning. If you would like to book a place in the crèche, please email info@metooandco.org.uk.


As usual, tea and coffee will be provided by Me Too and Co. Although there is no charge for refreshments, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Me Too & Co to cover their costs.


Looking forward to meeting you.

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