Young People And Adults

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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS - YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS

RICHMOND MENCAP EVENTS CALENDAR

Richmond Mencap publishes a comprehensive monthly calendar of events for people who have learning disabilities, not just of their own activities but those of other local organisations as well.


To see what events are on offer, please go to www.richmondmencap.org.uk/events.


If you would like to find out what else Richmond Mencap has to offer, please phone them at 0208 744 1923 or email office@richmondmencap.org.uk

TURTLE KEY ARTS CLUB

The Key Club is for anyone aged 16 to 30 year of age who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. Our nearest Key Club meets once a month on a Saturday morning at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.  Each meeting consists of a two-hour workshop followed by a break and a discussion. The subjects of the workshops and the discussions change each month but are based on the performance arts, visual arts and other creative disciplines.

For dates and times see their website at http://www.turtlekeyarts.org.uk


Venues: Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, Kings Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL

    or at: The Hub, Union Baptist Church, Easton Street, High Wycombe. HP11 1NJ


Fee: £10 to become a member of the Key Club for a year (payable after your first meeting). Once you are a member all the meetings are free. If you would like to become a member of the Key Club, please contact them by phone on 020 8964 5060 or email them at charlotte@turtlekeyarts.org.uk  

EMPLOYABILITY – THE JOB CLUB (for people with a learning disability)

Are you interested in volunteering or maybe you’d like to get some work experience? Perhaps you’re looking for paid employment or maybe you’re just not sure? Then maybe this is the group for you. Help will be on hand to support you every step of the way, so why not join in?


Date and Time: Every Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Twickenham Wellbeing Centre. Arragon Road, Twickenham. TW1 3NH


Refreshments will be available. Please note that this club is for people with a learning disability living in the borough of Richmond. For more information, please contact Richmond Mencap at 020 8744 1923 or 020 8977 5447

RICHMOND AID: INTO SPORT PROJECT

‘Into Sport’ is a partnership between Inclusion London, Interactive and Richmond AID . The aim of the project is to encourage both young disabled people (aged 14+) and disabled adults of all ages and levels of ability to take part in a sport and physical activity.


For those people who don’t know what activities are available locally, need support to take the plunge or aren’t sure if there is a sport or activity to suit their needs, then the ‘Into Sport’ project offers help.


For more information about ‘Into Sport’, please contact Sam Blake at Richmond Aid on 020 8831 6129 or email s.blake@richmondaid.org.uk

DIMENSIONS TRIAL SCREENINGS FOR OLDER VIEWERS

For a limited time and at selected cinemas, Odeon is trialing autism friendly screenings of films for an older audience. The Odeon cinemas nearest to Richmond participating in the trial screenings are those in Wimbledon and Kensington.


Details of the next screening:

Monday 23rd July - 'Skyscraper' (TBC)


For more information about adults' autism friendly screenings at Odeon cinemas, contact the Disability and Accessibility Helpline at 0800 138 3315 (Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday between 10.00am and 5.00pm) or otherwise visit Odeon autism friendly cinema screenings.

AUTISM DROP-IN SOCIAL GROUPS

The Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth work with Resources for Autism to run social groups for adults on the autism spectrum. There are two groups: the younger group is primarily aimed at younger adults (from 18 to roughly mid-20s) and the other one (AutenRichmond) is for adults of all ages. These groups offer the people who attend the opportunity to meet friends, take part in fun activities, learn new skills and get support and advice.


When: Every other Thursday, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on alternate dates.

Where: Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD


Young adults group dates:

Leader: Zarah Yusuf & Deputy Jeff Benge  


Meetings TBA


AutenRichmond dates, June to July 2018 (for adults of all ages):

Staff: Jeff Benge & Zarah Yusuf


Thursday 14th June: Mental Health and Depression

Today we will be looking at the causes of depression


Thursday 28th June: Nature Walk

Today we will be going to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. We will meet at Richmond Odeon (at top of Richmond Bridge) at 5.30p


Thursday 12th July: Mental Health and Depression and Anxiety

Today, we will be looking at ways in which we can develop strategies for dealing when we are feeling depressed.


Thursday 26th July: Kew Gardens

Today we are having a summer tour at Kew and this will include a tour of the newly opened Temperate House. We are meeting at 5.00pm at the Lion Gate in Kew Road. The early meeting time will allow us to go to the Temperate House and have a longer time at Kew. Please be on time. There will be no charge for this activity.



Do email Zahra at Zahra@resourcesforautism.org.uk or call the Resources for Autism office on 020 8458 3259 (Monday to Saturday) for more information and if you are not sure which group you would like to join.

THE CURLY HAIR PROJECT ASD WORKSHOPS

The Curly Hair Project would like to let you know about their upcoming workshops in South West London and Surrey. Their workshops are based on real life experience; talking about what life is like from the perspective of a person with ASD as well as a parent who has a child with an ASD. These workshops are suitable for families and professionals.


Workshops: To be announced


The Curly Hair Project now offers online workshops you can take part in from your home computer - webinars. You will be emailed joining instructions a day or two before the webinar is due to run. Should the number of people participating be low, you will be sent an email to let you know the relevant webinar has been cancelled.


ASD and Anxiety

When: Wednesday 1st August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Anxiety to book your place.


Meltdowns and Shutdowns

When: Friday 3rd August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit Meltdowns & Shutdowns to book your place.


ASD and Females

When: Tuesday 7th August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Females to book your place.


ASD and Education

When: Thursday 9th August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Education to book your place.


ASD and Socialising

When: Monday 13th August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Socialising to book your place.


ASD and Understanding Each Other for ASD/NT Relationships

When: Wednesday 15th August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit Understanding Each Other to book your place.


ASD and Emotions

When: Tuesday 21st August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Emotions to book your place.


ASD and Social Anxiety

When: Thursday 23rd August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Social Anxiety to book your place.


ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Tuesday 28th August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Sensory Processing to book your place.


ASD and Family Relationships

When: Friday 31st August, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Family Relationships to book your place.

RISE MULTI-SPORTS CLUB ACTIVITIES

Richmond Inclusive Sports and Exercise (RISE) provides a varied programme of activities for adults and older young people who have a disability.


These activities include archery, canoeing, football, Fusion dance and drama, golf, gym sessions, rugby, swimming, tennis, trampolining, wheelchair basket ball and yoga. RISE also offers its weekly Saturday Multi-Sport Club of inclusive sports and activities.


For more detail of these activities, please visit RISE adults/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 rise@richmond.gov.uk from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.


RISE also offers sporting opportunities to children and young people, the details of which can be found on the Activities News and Events page.

SPECTRUM YOUTH THEATRE

Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT) is a puppet youth theatre for young people aged 11 to 17 with Asperger's / high functioning autism. It began as a pilot project with support from Turtle Key Arts, and has gone from strength to strength. This is a perfect club for artists, model builders, designers, problem solvers, puppeteers, performers and people with big imaginations or a quirky take on life.


When: Saturday afternoons, 2.00pm to 3.45pm

Where: Little Angel Studios, Sebbon Street Community Centre,

             Sebbon St, London. N1 2EH


To find out more, do visit Little Angel Theatre. If you would like to make an enquiry about joining, call 0203 780 5973 or email slavka@littleangeltheatre.com

THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

This is a specialist support group for young people with an autism spectrum condition where they can make friends, and access youth services. It is open to young people from the Richmond and Kingston Boroughs.


When: Thursday evenings, 6.00pm to 8.30pm (term time only)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 11 to 24 years

For more details, call 020 8288 0950 (Heatham House office) or 07904 992993. You can also email Jamie Cottington at jamie.cottington@achievingforchildren.org.uk or

Katherine Adams at katherine.adams@achievingforchildren.org.uk instead.

ACTIVITY STATION: SUMMER WALKS IN RICHMOND PARK

Get out in the fresh air and hopefully summer sunshine for a friendly accessible walk. We walk along the path to Robin Hood Gate, back along the track next to Beverley Brook and returning to Roehampton Gate car park.


Afterwards, meet in the cafe for a chat, drink and/or snack. Toilets are available at both Roehampton Gate and Robin Hood Gate. Note that the route may vary from day to day. Whenever possible, the pace and length of the walks are adjusted to meet the needs of the group each time and for new people joining.


When: Monday 13th and 20th August, 10.30am to 12.00pm (meet time from 10.15am)

Meeting Point: Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate Car Park, SW15 5JR

Price: Walks are free

Age Range: All ages welcome, no need to book


All people with disabilities must be accompanied unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at activitystation@outlook.com to find out more about using their respite services.

ACTIVITY STATION SUMMER FILM

Disney's Homeward Bound tells the incredible journey of three pets - two dogs and a cat who make their way home to their owners with lots of adventures along the way.


This is a sensory screening - there will be no advertisements, the lights kept on and dimmed throughout, the sound gradually increases at the start of the movie, and people will be able to move around if they need


When: Monday 6th August, 9.45am to 11.30am (doors open at 9.30am)

Where: The Olympic Cinema. 117 - 123, Church Street, Barnes. SW13 9HL

Film rating: PG

Price: £5.00 plus one free carer's ticket per standard booking


Please visit Homeward Bound to book tickets and for further information.

ACTIVITY STATION: HIGH ASHURST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTRE

High Ashurst is an outdoor activity education centre in an area of outstanding natural beauty and sits in 56 acres of woodland. Activity Station has arranged a morning and an afternoon session of adventurous, inclusive and adapted activities which may include climbing and abseiling, orienteering, team games and off-road wheelchair trails. You will be travelling to and from the Adventure Centre by minibus.


The instructors have extensive experience of working with learning disabilities from mild to severe/complex needs and make each activity fun for everyone.


Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink on the day. The groups are small to ensure everyone has time to enjoy the activities and you can do as little or as much as you want. Carers are encouraged to join in too!


When: Tuesday 14th August, Departure time 10.00am (please arrive in good time)

Meeting Point: Barn Elms Sports Trust. Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 9SA

Price: £10.00 (carers tickets are free and must be booked at the same time)

Age Range: 11 years and above

To book tickets, please visit Adventure Centre.


All people with disabilities must be accompanied unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at activitystation@outlook.com to find out more about using their respite services.

ACTIVITY STATION: HYDE PARK TOUR

Come and have a tour in these fun, accessible electric buggies with Liberty Drives which have been exclusively booked for Activity Station. Glide through Hyde Park and hear about the history of Kensington Palace and Gardens. The ride lasts approximately one hour but can be adapted to the needs of the group on each buggy. You will be travelling to and from Hyde Park by minibus.


After lunch, relax for lunch by the Serpentine and if there's time, enjoy a walk, boating, or just chill out.  


Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink on the day. The groups are small to ensure everyone has time to enjoy the activities and places are limited. Please note that if it is raining heavily on the day, Activity Station will need to cancel this activity. Should this happen, you will be told early that morning by email or a phone call, and the cost of your ticket will be refunded.


When: Wednesday 15th August, Departure time 10.30am (please arrive in good time)

Meeting Point: Barn Elms Sports Trust. Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 9SA

Price: TBA (carers tickets are free and must be booked at the same time)

Age Range: 11 years and above

For more information and to book tickets, please visit Hyde Park Tour.


All people with disabilities must be accompanied unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at activitystation@outlook.com to find out more about using their respite services.

ACTIVITY STATION: THAMES ROCKET SPEEDBOAT

Thames Rockets are the original speedboat sightseeing cruise on the River Thames where you can see and hear all about the famous London sights for the ultimate London Adventure. Activity Station have chartered the exclusive use of a boat for a 50 minute ride, including a high speed tour around Docklands (which can be adapted to the needs of the group, eg: go slowly).


You will go to and from the pier next to the London Eye by minibus and before the boat trip, you will be kitted up following a safety briefing.


After lunch, relax by the riverside for lunch in Jubilee Gardens and if there's time, enjoy a walk to take in the sights and sounds of the South bank. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink on the day. The groups are small to ensure everyone has time to enjoy the activities and places are limited.


Please note that due to safety reasons, this activity is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with severe mobility issues.


When: Thursday 16th August, 9.45am to 3.00pm (please arrive in good time)

Meeting Point: Barn Elms Sports Trust. Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 9SA

Price: Price: £10.00 (carers tickets are free and must be booked at the same time)

Age Range: 11 years and above

For more information and to book tickets, please visit Thames Rocket.


All people with disabilities must be accompanied unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at activitystation@outlook.com to find out more about using their respite services.

TAG YOUTH CLUB

This is a club for young people with disabilities. TAG seeks to provide a safe, stimulating and engaging environment for any young person with a disability to meet up with their friends, take part in fun activities and learn social and life skills.


When: Friday evenings, 5.30pm to 7.30pm (Junior Club),

                                        7.30pm to 9.30pm (Youth Club)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 10 to 25 years

For further details, call 07557 397934 or email TAG at info@tagyouthclub.org. To find out more about what TAG has to offer, please visit https://tagyouthclub.org.

ACTION-ATTAINMENT: FUN IN THE SUN

Action-attainment have sent out a draft calendar of their summer Fun in the Sun events for teenagers. Here are the details (all prices given below are per person):


Sunday 22nd July: Family kayaking at Brentford Canal, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

                                £25.00


Monday 23rd July: Paddleboards at Brentford Canal, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

                                £25.00


Tuesday 24th July: Ball Sports at Rocks Lane, 10.00am - 12.00pm, £20.00

                                Cycling at Richmond Park Academy, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, £20.00


Wednesday 25th July: Kayaking at Brentford Canal, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, £25.00  


Thursday 26th July: Ball Sports/Tennis at Rocks Lane, 10.00am - 12.00pm, £20.00

                                 Cycling at Richmond Park Academy, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, £20.00


Friday 27th July: Paddleboards at Brentford Canal, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, £25.00


Monday 30th July: Tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, 11.00am - 12.00pm, £10.00

                                Golf at Strawberry Hill Golf Club, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, £30.00


Tuesday 31st July: Golf Full Day. Dukes Meadows Pitch & Putt 10.00am - 12.00pm, 

                                then Palewell Park 12.30pm to 3.30pm, £35.00 for the entire day.


You will see that in addition to cycling, golf, kayaking and paddleboards, Action-attainment are looking at taking tennis skills honed at Rocks Lane Tennis Football Centre, Barnes to the Lawn Tennis Association, Roehampton to try out the facilities there.


Action-attainment will be putting together the flier and booking letters shortly, but do please let them know if there are activities that you would like to be involved with by emailing sam@action-attainment.com.

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