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INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER ORGANISATIONS
As you know, our NAS coffee mornings are held with Skylarks (previously known as Me Too & Co), so we thought we’d tell you more about who they are and what they do.
Skylarks is an independent Richmond-upon-Thames based charity that provides activities and therapies for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. It offers opportunities for children, young people and their siblings to play and develop in a friendly and welcoming environment and also supports and provides therapies, courses and information for the entire family.
For children and young people, Skylarks offers:
During the play sessions there are opportunities to join in many other activities such as karate, drama, sensory art, singing and signing and story telling sessions. Please visit the Skylarks webpage to read more about them.
Off-site activities and events
Skylarks' 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 the Skylarks webpage to find out more.
Skylarks 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 to find out more.
For parents and carers, Skylarks offers:
These include a benefits advice surgery, SEN legal advice and advocacy plus RUILS Family Matters consultations. Please visit to find out more.
These are groups offering parent and carer peer support, including Richmond NAS, SW London Girls Connect, Phyz and more. Do visit to find out more.
Skylarks 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 to find out more.
On offer are a wide range of workshops including information sessions, first aid courses, SEN workshops and much more. Do visit to find out more.
For further details, please visit the Skylarks website:
Tel: 07946 646033 Email:
ADHD RICHMOND & KINGSTON SUPPORT GROUP
The ADHD Richmond & Kingston Support Group offers support to parents and carers living in and around the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston who care for a child or young person with ADHD and additional/associated conditions.
The group holds monthly meetings with guest speakers, runs a club for young people and also has fortnightly coffee mornings for parents and carers, which are held at
The Venue, Heatham House, Whitton Road, Twickenham. TW1 1BH
For more information, please contact ADHD Richmond at:
SEND INFORMATION, ADVICE AND SUPPORT SERVICE (SENDIASS)
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: Windham Croft Centre. 20, Windham Road, Richmond. TW9 2HP
Kingston: Moor Lane Centre. Moor Lane, Chessington. KT8 2AA
Tel: 020 8831 6179 Email:
To find out more, please visit the Local Offer webpage.
RUILS FAMILY MATTERS SERVICE
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.
To find out more and possibly use the service, please contact:
Surabhi Dhondiyal on 07376 277779 or email
Linda Campbell-Arthur on 07903 633326 or email
Further details can be found on the RUILS webpage.
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
Termtime Helpline: 0300 302 3731 or 0208 538 3731
RUILS SITTING AND BEFRIENDING SERVICE
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 or at
020 8831 6083. Do visit if you would like to register with RUILS for this service.
RICHMOND USERS INDEPENDENT LIVING SCHEME (RUILS)
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: Email: Tel: 020 8831 6083
RICHMOND CARERS CENTRE
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
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
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 offers other regular groups. To find out more, please visit this webpage where you will also be able to download a referral form to sign up to the group of your choice.
Express CIC. 452, Ewell Road, Surbiton. KT6 7EL
Tel: 07971 466218 (Annette) or 07910 680927 (Tracey)
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)
SENDspeak is a new newsletter about the world of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in Kingston, Richmond and beyond. If you enjoyed receiving the newsletters from SEND Family Voices, you will like SENDspeak.
SENDspeak will include signposting to local events from local groups, and national news from the likes of the Council for Disabled Children, Special Needs Jungle and the Department for Education.
SENDspeak will also include information from the statutory service providers for our children and young people (eg the CCG’s for children’s health and AfC for educational services).
This new newsletter is written by Romany who edited and wrote the newsletters for SEND Family Voices. If you'd like to subscribe, please do visit .
SOUTH WEST LONDON GIRLS CONNECT
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 if you are interested in joining the group and to be sent a registration form for completion before being invited to join the network.
OTAKAR KRAUS MUSIC TRUST
The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) provides music therapy and music projects for children, young people and adults with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties, in the Boroughs of Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding areas.
OKMT's small team is dedicated to making a difference to some of society’s most vulnerable children and adults who are often excluded from community activities.
OKMT provides and works with partners in the local community to run specially devised music projects including for children up to 12 years old. The is unique in South West London, and OKMT has also launched their for children with additional needs plus their siblings.
To find out more about what OKMT has to offer, do visit . If you would like to get in touch with OKMT, call them on 07435 062212 or email them at
SEND CARERS COFFEE AND CHAT
Based in Barnes, this friendly, informal parent-led group offers support and mentoring to parents who have a child or young person with any additional need or disability. It does so by organising coffee mornings plus contact via Facebook, Twitter and email. A warm welcome will be given!
When: First Monday of each month
Where: Castelnau Community Centre. Stillingfleet Road, Barnes, SW13 9AQ