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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:


Action-attainment's On the Ball sports and parental support programme will be starting again this April. This programme is designed for familes of children aged 5 to 11 who have social communication needs and aims to help parents support their children's behaviour by introducing behavioural strategies for both home and school.

Action-attainment aims to develop groups of children have similar needs so that peer groups are established that support families to have fun, enjoy sport and learn together. To achieve this, places on On the Ball are allocated by Action-attainment and Brentford FCCST in consultation with a specialist speech and language therapist.

Funding for this year offers free places for families both in and outside of the Borough of Richmond. To find out more and apply for a place, please visit OTB-Sign up 2019.

For more information, do take a look at Action-attainment's On The Ball 2019 flyer.

To find out more about Action-attainment, visit, or to get in contact, email or call 020 8392 9946.



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 7th April - 'Dumbo' - Cineworld

Sunday 14th April - 'Dumbo' - Showcase

Sunday 21st April - 'Wreck-it Ralph; Ralph Breaks The Internet' - Picturehouse

Sunday 24th March - 'The Kid Who Would Be King' - Odeon

Sunday 31st March - 'Hey Duggee' - 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 – Raising 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.


Would you like to be inspired and learn from people who really live with autism and

gain a strong understanding of this condition?

This Curly Hair Project (CHP) event will equip you with a strong, all round knowledge of autism. CHP use a holistic approach - any strategy implemented is likely to have a signficant and beneficial impact on the individual's life as a whole.

With five different streams to choose from, attendees can select the material that is most relevant to them; offering excellent value All Day tickets for those who want to stay for the full day.

This event is a great opportunity to learn insight and strategies from people who really live with the condition, meet and chat with other people, find out what information and support is available locally and to see and purchase the amazing range of The Girl with the Curly Hair books.

When: Thursday 2nd May, 9.00am to 3.30pm

Where: Richard Mayo Centre. 11, Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames. KT1 1HZ

For further information and to book tickets, please visit Autism Learning Day 1.

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