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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:


Are you a Richmond Borough resident and has your son or daughter recently received an autism diagnosis? Or are they aged 8 years and above and would be interested in going to an after-school group where they could find out more about their condition, plus how to manage difficult situations?

Project for Autism at Richmond CAMHS is offering two groups; one for parents/carers and the other for young people aged 8 and over.

The group for parents/carers consist of two courses running weekly for a month; the first from November 7th to 28th and the second from January 23rd to 13th February.

The group for young people aged 8 and over also consists of two weekly courses and will run after-school for five weeks. The groups will run from November 13th to 11th December and the second from January 15th to 12th February.

Do visit Information Flyer to find out more about these groups plus the contact details should you, your son or daughter like to take part.



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


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.


NAS Kingston has again organised some more of their entertaining Sunday Fun Sessions for autistic children plus their brothers and sisters.

When: Sunday 11th November, 16th December, 3.30pm to 5.15pm

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

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 plus an infinity tunnel. There is also a cafe available for soft drinks, etc.

NAS Kingston will have private use of the space, and if you would like to join in the fun, please email to give an idea of numbers as there is a limit on the number of children.

Parents are responsible for supervising their children throughout the session.


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 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 7th October - 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' - Odeon

Sunday 28th October - 'The Incredibles 2' - Vue

Sunday 4th November - 'Smallfoot' - Cineworld

Sunday 14th October - 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' - 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 Carers Centre will be running two pilot Carers Information and Support Sessions (CISS) in October and November, with a view to adding information sessions to their regular programme of support for carers.

Carers Information and Support Session for parents caring for a child under the age of 18 with a mental health condition

This session will be led by a guest speaker from Richmond CAMHS who will talk about its Emotional Health service. Other local organisations who offer relevant support to carers will also be invited. In the second part of this two hour session, you will have the opportunity to chat to other parents and also talk to the professionals at the meeting. Your child does not need to have a diagnosis or to use CAMHS services.

When: Tuesday 30th October, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where: Richmond Carers Centre. 5, Briar Road, Twickenham. TW2 6RB

Carers Information and Support Session for parents and carers of children and adults with autism

This two part session is aimed at parents/carers of children and adults who have recently been diagnosed with or who are going through the process of referral and assessment for autism. It will provide information about autism, understanding the impact of caring on parents/carers, and strategies to manage difficult behaviours. It will also provide advice about support available to parents/carers from organisations in Richmond Borough.

When: Monday 5th November, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Where: Richmond Carers Centre. 5, Briar Road, Twickenham. TW2 6RB

If you have been caring for someone with autism for a long time and still feel that you would be interested in attending, please do call to book yourself a place.

To book a place on either of the above sessions, please call Richmond Carers Centre at 020 8867 2380 or email


Richmond Theatre is delighted to be hosting a Relaxed Performance of 'Peter Pan starring Robert Lindsay. This performance is for people who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with autism, sensory or communication disorders, learning disabilities, etc.

The following additional support is offered to assist people in their visit:     

·   Preparation materials (including a visual story for the venue and the show)

·   The opportunity to visit the theatre beforehand for a familiarisation visit

·   Staff and performers who have been specifically trained for relaxed performances

·   A “chill out” area for audience members to relax in outside of the auditorium

The adjustments made include reducing and controlling the number of sudden, loud or bright sound and lighting effects.  The house lights will be dimmed over a longer period of time and people will be able to move around, stand or leave the auditorium if they wish to.

When: Thursday 3rd January, 2.00pm

Where:  Richmond Theatre. Little Green, Richmond. TW9 1QJ

Price: From £12.00 each. Complimentary tickets for carers

If you'd like to book, visit

or call 0800 9126971 for more details.


For this year's festive show, the Rose Theatre is delighted to present several access performances of their festive production Hansel and Gretel, including a relaxed performance.

Life is good in the little town of Freiburg. Somehow it has escaped the Great Famine laying blight to its neighbours. It has the highest of walls, the most bountiful of harvests and holds the biggest of parties. And everyone loves the town's mayor.

When young Hansel and Gretel are caught passing food to the poor, they are as surprised as anyone to be rewarded with a trip to the far side of the forest. Little do they know of the gingerbread house that awaits them and the sweet old lady who controls their fate.

Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch's Curse..

When: Thursday 3rd January, 1.30pm

Where: Rose Theatre. 24 - 26, High Street, Kingston. KT1 BHL

Price: Visit Hansel & Gretel for ticket prices and more details

For half-price access tickets, please call 020 8174 0090 or email Rose Theatre's box office at

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