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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:


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 25th February - 'Early Man ' - Odeon

Sunday 25th January - 'Paddington 2 - Vue

Sunday 4th February - 'Early Man' - Cineworld

Sunday 11th February - 'Early Man' - 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 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


SEND Family Voices (SFV) have organised an afternoon of fun for all the family!  Families attending this event will have a children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The idea is that families will come and enjoy themselves (party bags included) and in return, talk to NHS South West London about the health services that affect them.

SFV's plans include a Magic Circle magician, a sensory room and other magical activities. Refreshments, including gluten and dairy free, will be available - all free of charges.

When: Sunday 25th February, 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Where: DoubleTree Hilton, 1, Skerne Road, Kingston. KT2 5FJ

Price: Free (funded by NHS England via the local Healthwatch)

Booking is essential for this free event, which you can do by visiting SFV Fun & Magic. If you have not booked, unfortunately you will not be admitted.


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 is offering children on the autism spectrum plus their brothers and sisters fun play sessions at The Pod. This is a two storey soft play installation that includes a multi-sensory room situated to the rear of the play area. The room has bubble mirrors, a laser star projector, bubble tube and an infinity tunnel.

When: Sunday 25th February, 29th April, 3.30pm to 5.15pm

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

There's entertainment for all! If you would like to join in the fun, please email NAS Kingston at so that they have an idea numbers, because there is a limit on the number of children attending.

Please note that parents are responsible for their children throughout the session and must supervise them.


Are you concerned about your child's behaviour at home? Would you like to talk to a member of AfC's Educational Psychology or Emotional Health team about this? If you have such concerns, AfC would like to invite you to one of the following workshops:


For parents of younger children 3 to 7 years:

When: Thursday 18th January 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Where: The Moor Lane Centre, Moor Lane, Chessington KT9 2AA

For parents of children 8 to 12 years:

When: Wednesday 21st February 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Where: Express CiC, 452 Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 7EL

For parents of teenagers:

When: Thursday 15 March 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm

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

The workshops will include:

   • Morning overview

   • Welcome and networking

   • Focus on achievable next steps

   • Discussion, and questions and answers

   • Consultations: group and one-to-one

Please contact AfC to book your free place on 020 8547 6799 (Thursdays only) or

email Beth at to express your interest. Alternatively, you can complete this Workshop Application Form and submit it to AfC using the given contact details.


Action-attainment are offering an introductory Action Learning Group (ALG) workshop This is well-proven way to raise difficult questions and explore solutions safely with others who are experiencing the same issues.

Parents can explore challenges together, identify then try out an individual action plan. Parents see how their plan works and return to the group to share their experiences of what helped, and maybe what didn't, before deciding what to do next.

When: Thursday 8th February, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Richmond AID, 4, Waldegrave Road, Teddington. TW11 8HT

Price: Free of charge

Sam Silver, a trained ALG facilitator, will run the group. To sign up, please call Action-attainment on 020 8392 9946 or email

There will also be an ALG course running from February to July. This will consist of six three hour sessions, and this will cost £240.00 per person, payable by 19th February. For more information, again call Action-attainment on 020 8392 9946 or email them at

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