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As you know, our NAS coffee mornings are held with Me Too and Co. Some of you may be receiving information from them via us, and wondering who they are! We thought we’d tell you more about them:

Me Too & Co is a parent-led charity which helps children and young people with additional needs and their families in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and surrounding areas. They offer opportunities for children and young people to play and develop in a friendly and welcoming environment and provide information and emotional support for their families and carers.

For children and young people, Me Too & Co offer:


During the play sessions there are opportunities to join in many other activities such as karate, drama, sensory art, singing and signing and spending time in the sensory room. Please visit Me Too & Co's Activities webpage to read more about them, and also where you can book if applicable.

Off site activities and events

Me Too & Co's special off site activities have included adapted BMX biking, activities in Richmond Park, special church services and ice skating sessions just for their families. Do visit Me Too & Co's Off site Activities webpage to find out more.


Me Too & Co offer a diverse range of therapies including developmental 1-1 yoga and music therapy, with professional therapists and practitioners. Most of the therapies are free or offered at a very reduced price. Do visit Therapies to find out more.

For parents and carers, Me Too & Co offer:

Services for parents and carers

These include a benefits advice surgery, SEN legal advice and advocacy plus RUILS Family Matters consultations. Please visit Services to find out more.

Support Groups for parents and carers

These are groups offering parent and carer peer support, including Richmond NAS, SW London Girls Connect and Phyz. Do visit Support to find out more.

Therapies for parents and carers

Me Too & Co are there to support the whole family and know that parents and carers need looking after too. On offer are a range of of therapies, some one-offs, and some over a period of time. Please visit Parent Carer Therapies to find out more.

Training workshops for parents and ca

On offer are a wide range of workshops including information sessions, first aid courses, SEN workshops and much more. Do visit Training to find out more.

For further details, please see their website:  www.metooandco.org.uk

Tel: 07946 646033   Email: info@metooandco.org.uk


The ADHD Richmond Support Group offers support to parents and carers living in and around the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames who care for a child or young person with ADHD and additional/associated conditions.

The group holds monthly meetings with guest speakers and also has fortnightly coffee mornings for parents and carers, which are held at:

Russell-Cooke Solicitors, Bishops Palace House, Kingston. KT1 1QN

For more information, please contact ADHD Richmond at:

Email: info@adhdrichmond.org

Website: https://adhdrichmond.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdhdRichmond

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdhdRichmond

Tweet: @AdhdRichmond


Kids, a charity that has been delivering services to children, young people and their families for over forty years, now delivers the Special Education and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) across Richmond and Kingston.

You can ask for help with school provision and placements, applications for EHC Plans, interim and annual reviews, support at meetings, general information and advice on a wide range of education related issues, plus SEND information, advice and support. SENDIASS also signposts people to other organisations that offer services within the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. For more information about the ways in which SENDIASS may be able to help, contact:

Richmond:                                                    Kingston:

Windham Croft Centre.                                Moor Lane Centre.

20, Windham Road,                                      Moor Lane,

Richmond. TW9 2HP                                    Chessington. KT8 2AA

Tel: 020 8831 6179                                        Tel: 020 8547 6200

Email: RichmondKingston@kids.org.uk      Email: RichmondKingston@kids.org.uk

To find out more about Kids, please visit their website: www.kids.org.uk


Enhanceable is a local charity based in Kingston and Richmond, providing day and respite services to adults, young people and children with a range of disabilities. The services include after school clubs, where children and young people can be in a non-judgemental environment, talk to their peers and staff in confidence, and of course have a lot of fun.

Two of the clubs are for children or young people who have high functioning autism / Asperger's Syndrome. They are:

Richmond Ribbons: For children aged 6 to 11 years of age. This group focusses upon developing social skills in a relaxing and fun environment.

When: Every Thursday, 4.00pm to 5.30pm

            (closed over Easter and Christmas weeks)

Where: Murray Park Hall, Kneller Rd, Whitton. TW2 7DX

Cost: Free to Richmond and Kingston borough residents

Richmond Kite: For children and young people aged 11 to 18 years of age. This group focusses on independence skills, social skills development, discussion groups, creative work and fun!

When: Every other Monday, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

            (closed over Easter and Christmas weeks)

Where: Murray Park Hall, Kneller Rd, Whitton. TW2 7DX

Cost: Free to Richmond and Kingston borough residents

Kite Community is held on the alternate week to Kite club on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It includes various outings, fun evenings, visits to museums, bowling, etc.

For more information and to find out if these groups could be suitable for your child or young person, contact Justine Flood at justine.flood@enhanceable.org or Virginie Guyotjeannin at virginie.guyotjeannin@enhanceable.org.

Please also visit Enhanceable After School Services for more details about these after school clubs.


The Family Matters service is offered to the parents of children and/or young people who have additional needs living in the Borough of Richmond, are feeling under pressure, maybe experiencing difficulties, and perhaps would like to talk to somebody independent in confidence.

The service’s family support worker aims to help by listening to parents’ worries and experiences in a non-judgmental way, working with them to identify what is working and what is not working, and supporting parents to focus on areas of family life that they find challenging and working with them to identify steps to address some of these difficulties. Parents are also provided with information on activities and services and given support to access them.

Please contact Sian Austin on 07963 633 326 or email her at sianaustin@ruils.co.uk

if you would like to find out more and possibly use the service.


An independent resource for special educational needs. SOS!SEN provides a free, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information about special educational needs, and also offers help to those who are having problems with the EHC Plan/statement process. SOS!SEN runs free monthly “surgeries” in Thornton Heath, Aldershot and East Molesey, and twice a month in central London near Waterloo station.

SOS!SEN. Fontenay. 11a, Creek Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9BE

SOS!SEN Helpline: 020 8538 3731 (Mon - Fri 9.30am to 12.30pm; 2.00pm to 5.00pm) Email: admin@sossen.org.uk   Website: www.sossen.org.uk  


This service can help find a sitter and/or befriender to support families, giving them a break from caring or being a companion to their child or young person and helping them to access social and leisure activities. All the sitters are interviewed, DBS checked, referenced and trained, and they work with familes who have sons or daughters with disabilities aged 0 to 25. They can babysit at home while you go out, help you with the children at home, accompany your child or young person to an activity they enjoy, take part with your son or daughter at an activity, or just 'hang out' at home with your young person while you go out.

For more information, please contact Sue Robson on suerobson@ruils.co.uk or at

020 8831 6083. Do visit Sitting and Befriending Service if you would like to register with RUILS for this service.


RUILS is a service-user group providing support to disabled and elderly people living in this borough. Their services include advocacy, YourSay (a monthly consultation and community group), a recruitment and employment guide, a personal assistant finder, person centred planning for young people, personal assistant training, pooling direct payments (pooling your money with others to get better value for money) and New Horizons (activities bringing people together).

RUILS. Disability & Advice Centre. 4, Waldegrave Road, Teddington. TW11 8HT Website: www.ruils.co.uk   Email: info@ruils.co.uk   Tel: 020 8831 6083


Richmond Carers Centre offers information and support through a helpline and workshops, runs a Young Carers Project, produces a newsletter, offers complementary therapies, as well as helping carers to apply for grants, etc.

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

Carers Support Line: 020 8867 2380

Website: www.richmondcarers.org   Email: info@richmondcarers.org.uk  


Richmond Mencap’s aims are to improve the lives of children and adults who have learning disabilities and their family carers, providing services and support, representing their interests and campaigning on their behalf. They also raise awareness and understanding and promote social inclusion within the community.

Richmond Mencap. 342, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2DU

For more information, please phone: 020 8744 1923

Website: http://richmondmencap.org.uk  Email: office@richmondmencap.org.uk


Express CIC is a 'not for profit' organisation that is based in the borough of Kingston upon Thames. Express CIC's vision is to create a space where all people with autism and their families can feel welcome and secure in the local community, offering a variety of opportunities, resources, advice and support. These include:

Bi-monthly talks and events at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Dates vary, so please check Express CIC's Facebook page and newsletter for details.


Mum's Group - First Thursday of the month at the Waggon and Horses pub in Surbiton, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (term time only). All mums, grandmas and female carers of young people with an autism spectrum condition are welcome to attend.

Dad's Group - Second Wednesday of the month at the Waggon and Horses pub in Surbiton, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (term time only). All dads, granddads and  male carers of young people with an autism spectrum condition are welcome to attend.

TYA Group - Third Wednesday of the month at Express CIC's office, 7.30pm to 9.00pm (term time only). A specific support group for parents and carers of young people going through transition and a place where you can share similar experiences dealing with puberty, transition to secondary school, college or work.

Support Group - Last Tuesday of the month at Express CIC's office, 1.00pm to 2.30pm (term time only). An informal group for all parents and carers of young people on the spectrum with lots of support of what worked for you to share.

As well as these support groups, Express CIC also offer four regular groups. To find out more, please visit Express Yourself, Sibs@Express, Express Girl's Group or Express Yoga Club.

Express CIC. 452, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 7EL

Tel: 07971 466218 (Annette) or 07910 680927 (Tracey)  

Email: info@expresscic.org.uk

Website: www.expresscic.org.uk  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExpressCIC?fref=ts


Action-attainment aims to enable children with speech, language, communication and sensory needs to achieve and have active lives. Led by Samantha Silver, the organisation builds on Sam's personal and professional experience of supporting children and their families to have fun and learn in and out of school.


Action-Attainment works directly with families, professionals, schools and with community groups to provide understanding, strategies and opportunities for learning, play and friendships.

Action-Attainment Ltd. 29, St. Leonards Road, London SW14 7LY

Please phone 020 8392 9946 (Mon - Fri, 12.00pm to 4.00pm, term time only)

Website: www.action-attainment.com  Email: info@action-attainment.com


SFV is a mix of parents and representatives from disability specific support groups and governors from specialist schools. The members offer their time on a voluntary basis and seek to represent all parents, working across Kingston and Richmond with parents and families of children and young people with SEND.

SFV brings people together into a community to improve services, share support and strengthen their common voice. By ensuring families are heard, they empower children, young people and their families to obtain the best possible care and services.

They work independently from, but in partnership with, Achieving for Children, Health, Social Care and all other children’s services.

For more information, please contact SFV at 07469 746145

Website: www.sendfamilyvoices.org

Email: sendfamilyvoices@outlook.com

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/SEND-Family-Voices-415063115499434/


South West London Girls Connect has a private Facebook page created specifically to facilitate networking of parents plus girls and women who have an autism spectrum disorder who live in the South West London area.

The aim is to use the network to share resources, information, events and services that are relevant to girls on the spectrum, plus providing support to their parents and carers. Please email swlondongirlsconnect@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining the group and to be sent a registration form for completion before being invited to join the network.

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