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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, 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 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 2nd June - 'The Secret Lives of Pets 2' - Cineworld

Sunday 12th May - 'The Goonies' - Showcase

Sunday 19th May - 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' - Picturehouse

Sunday 26th May - 'Detective Pikachu' - Odeon

Sunday 26th May - 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' - 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 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 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.


Fun in the Sun enables small groups of between four to eight young people to work with supportive coaches and enjoy positive sporting experiences. The teaching is adapted to help those young people's communication needs..

Action-attainment's water based activities for teenagers and young adults run at Brentford Lock. Families with children aged 8 and over can sign up for a family event held on a Sunday to try out paddleboards and kayaks on Brentford Canal.

Ball sports are held in the morning at Rocks Lane Tennis Football centre in Barnes for young people and their siblings. In the afternoon, the older participants move to Richmond Park Academy to work on cycling proficiency using the quiet roads between the school and Richmond Park to build skills.

Ball Skills sessions are open to children aged 5 to 11. Most of the children joining Fun in the Sun have participated in Action-attainment's On the Ball sessions, which are run in association with BFCCST. Knowing the coaching staff who run both events, and providing a clear routine helps to build the children's confidence about coming along to a Summer Camp.

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

To be on Action-attainment's mailing list for information on the 2019 activities, email them at

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