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 are currently 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.

DIMENSIONS AUTISM FRIENDLY FILMS

Dimensions works with a number of cinemas to screen a variety of films throughout the year in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. At present, these autism friendly screenings are on hold due to coronavirus.


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


Cineworld - To be announced

Showcase - To be announced

Picturehouse - To be announced

Odeon - To be announced

Everyman - To be announced

Vue - To be announced


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 the Odeon on 0800 138 3315, Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, Showcase on 0871 220 1000, Picturehouse on 0207 294 7908, Everyman on 01233 50481 and Vue on 08712 240 240.

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.

OUR COFFEE MORNINGS / EVENINGS

As you will know, there is a lot of concern about the current corona virus outbreak. The NAS's position is that the priority of the charity is the welfare and safety of the people they support. Head Office has cancelled a number of large events and has contacted its Branches; strongly advising them to adopt this same precautionary approach by cancelling or postponing all face-to-face events/activities.


For this reason, our Branch has sadly made the decision to cancel the coffee mornings for the time being, but once we have been advised that we can start holding them again, we will let you know.


However, we are offering support via virtual Zoom coffee evenings in conjunction with Skylarks. These are open events and there will be parent members of the Richmond National Autistic Society present to listen to any concerns you have around supporting children and young adults with autism spectrum conditions. 


As with the coffee mornings we usually run, Richmond NAS will be there to ensure people feel included and are able to support one another. Our forum is a supportive, safe space and we have a confidentiality rule in that we will not discuss what has been spoken about outside the meeting. All are welcome wherever you live.


Our Branch is also continuing to offer information, support and signposting, so please do get in touch by emailing richmond@nas.org.uk.

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