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 4 to 16, 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.  


Please note that the drama sessions have been running online via Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak. For further information about the Knots Arts youth group, please  

email hello@knotsarts.com.


If you would like to find out more, please contact Cassie Yates on 07947 212485, email  hello@knotsarts.com or visit Knots Art's website http://knotsarts.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, 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 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.

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

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 the Young People and Adults page to find out more about the latest Activity Station events. Do visit www.activitystation.org.uk to learn more about Activity Station has to offer.

OUR OCTOBER COFFEE EVENING

Our Branch extends an invitation to parents/carers of school aged children and young people with autism/social communication difficulties to attend a virtual support social evening hosted by NAS Richmond Branch and Skylarks.


When: Thursday 7th October via Zoom between 8.00pm and 9.30pm


As it is the start of the new school year, we thought it would be good to focus on school related topics and give you an opportunity to think about and share challenges, suggestions and/or support around such topics as:  


          Preparation and routine  

          Returning to school after lockdown and the holidays  

          Sensory issues in the classroom  

          Anxiety and coping/ Burnout and meltdowns and strategies which may help  

          Reasonable adjustments -what is essential and what can I compromise on  

          Disclosure (ie telling classmates and/or other parents about diagnosis)   

          Working with the school


The evening will be hosted by parent members of the NAS Richmond, Laura and Susie (also from Skylarks) and we are very pleased to welcome Michaela Eggleston,  SEND Advice Service Manager at Skylarks, who will be joining us.    


Our  Support Groups are a confidential space and we welcome all parents wherever they live. We will be particularly happy to see not only those who are looking for support, but parents who have helpful strategies which they are happy to share with the group. To register for this event, do visit NAS Richmond October Coffee Evening.

RICHMOND MENCAP: CHILDREN'S & YOUNG PEOPLE'S ACTIVITIES

While Richmond Mencap face-to-face services are closed due to the coronavirus, they are offering some exciting services to both current and new users, all of which are delivered by Richmond Mencap's staff team. These include:


Telephone Befriending Service

Richmond Mencap's telephone befriending scheme is for anyone who would like to have a chat and a laugh over the coming weeks.  


Funmail

The Richmond Mencap emails children and families with regular roundups of fun straight from the staff team


Power Hour

Richmond Mencap's group activities via a video call. Join in for drama, quizzes, dancing and all sorts of fun.


Please do contact Richmond Mencap for more information on 020 8744 1923 or at office@richmondmencap.org.uk.

DIMENSIONS AUTISM FRIENDLY FILMS

Dimensions are thrilled to announce that after a challenging year, autism friendly screenings are back.


There will be some covid adjustments in place, and these will be dependent on the cinema. But Dimensions are working with all their partners to help autism friendly screenings get back into cinemas. We ask that you don’t move around the cinema while social distancing is in place.


Details of what films are being shown by which cinema chain are given below:


Cineworld - Paw Patrol: The Movie, Sunday 3rd October at 11.00am

Showcase - Jungle Cruise, Sunday 12th September at 10.00am

Picturehouse - To be announced soon

Odeon - To be announced soon

Everyman - To be announced soon

Vue - Peter Rabbit 2, Sunday 29th August at 10.30am


To find your nearest participating cinema and to make an online booking, please visit Dimension's Autism Friendly Screenings webpage.

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