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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

If you would like to find out what else Richmond Mencap has to offer, please phone them at 0208 744 1923 or email


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

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  

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 has recently begun a new project called ‘Into Sport’. 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 Darren Hicks at Richmond Aid on 020 8831 6024 or email


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 24th April - 'First and Furious 8'

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.


The Borough of Richmond upon Thames works with Resources for Autism to run social groups for adults on the autism spectrum who live within this borough. 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

AutenRichmond dates (for adults of all ages):

Thursday 12th January: Film Night

We are having the third of our film nights and the light will be perfect. Popcorn

guaranteed too!

Thursday 26th January: Art and Autism

Today, we are hoping to have Eugene come in and provide us with another art

session at Crossways. The last one was wonderful so please don't miss it!

Thursday 9th February: Outing


Thursday 23rd February: Meltdowns and ASD

What causes them and what strategies we can develop to deal with them.

Thursday 9th March: Theatre Trip

We will be going to see Gaslight, a dark psychological thriller at Richmond Theatre.

Thursday 23rd March: Kew comes to Crossway

Today, we will have a visit from Kew Gardens who will bring samples and objects

from Kew. There will be an hour's workshop provided by staff from Kew.

Young adults group dates:

Thursday 7th January: Employment Part 1

In this session, we will explore and discuss the skills needed to successfully find work and employment. We will also look at local job opportunities, courses for developing new skills, how to conduct a career search, how to write a CV and how to prepare for an interview.  

Thursday 21st January: Employment Part 2

CV writing workshop and guest speaker.

Thursday 28th January: Trip

To be confirmed.

Thursday 4th February: Who am I and what are my hobbies and interests

Today, we will be looking at who we are as a person. Understanding ourselves and being clear about our personality traits, hobbies and interests. we will explore courses available to enhance and develop existing skills too.

Thursday 18th February: Hobbies and interest workshop

A workshop with creative artist Indie.

Thursday 3rd March: Transition and Moving Forward

Discuss what it means to move forward individually and look at the practical steps we can put in place to aid our transition journeys. We will also talk about change, independency and how we can move forward to be autonomous in everyday life.

Thursday 17th March: Trip

To be confirmed.

Thursday 31st March: Stress Management

Explore the key problem areas that can lead to stress. We will talk about what causes stress, understanding our stresses and explore strategies and coping skills to manage stressful situations.

Thursday 14th April: Yoga

Session with a guest yoga teacher.

Do email Zahra at 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 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.

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Friday 21st April, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit Sensory Processing if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Anxiety

When: Friday 28th April, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit ASD and Anxiety if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Family Relationships

When: Friday 5th May, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit Family Relationships if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Challenging Behaviour

When: Friday 19th May, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit Challenging Behaviour if you would like to book a place for this event.

Primary to Secondary Transition with ASD

When: Thursday 25th May, 5.00pm to 7.30pm

Where: Kingston Academy. Richmond Road, Kingston. KT2 5PE

Please visit Primary to Secondary Transition to book a place for this event.

ASD and Females

When: Friday 2nd June, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit ASD and Females if you would like to book a place for this event.

Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships

When: Friday 16th June, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit Relationships if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD in the Workplace

When: Friday 30th June, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4Life. 40-44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit ASD in the Workplace if you would like to book a place for this event.


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 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 (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


Turtle Key Arts are again collaborating with the Royal Court Theatre and their Youth Theatre members to run a new full length playwriting project. This will be an amazing opportunity for a group of young people aged 14-24 years on the autism spectrum., and those taking part will:

     •     Work with a professional writer, director and theatre practitioners

     •     Develop your own writing skills in a supported environment and as part of a  


     •     Create a piece of writing that will be written up into a script for you

     •     See the results of your work performed in a rehearsed reading on stage at the  

            Royal Court Theatre Downstairs by talented young actors, to an invited  

            audience of friends and family

When: Most Saturdays, 4th March to 10th June 2017

Where: The Royal Court Theatre. Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

Cost: Free

Please visit Playwriting Project for more information and to find an application form. For other queries, contact or , otherwise call Turtle Key Arts on 020 8964 5060.  


Toucan Diversity are making a welcome return to our area to deliver one of their Diversity Equality training workshops.

The training gives participants the chance to see disability as a human rights issue, which is based on the ideas of the ‘Social Model.’ The training, therefore, explores the various barriers that people with disabilities face and encourages participants to think about what can be done to remove them. The session is interactive and involves various group activities.

When: Wednesday 24th May, 10.00am to 2.00pm

Where: Hampton Hill Playhouse. 90, High Street, Hampton Hill. TW12 1NY

Cost: £40.00

Please visit Disability Equality Training to book your place and for more information about this event.


Calling all London Underground train enthusiasts! Transport for London (TfL) are offering an exciting opportunity for autistic people to visit London Underground and be shown how the Tube works 'behind the scenes'.

TfL are looking for autistic adults (with or without a support worker, as appropriate) or children (with carers) who would like to meet with London Underground staff for either a ride in a train driver's cab, a station visit or a visit to the Waterloo and City line service control room.

The entire experience will take about 2 to 3 hours and you will travel free on the Underground during your visit. For people not comfortable travelling on their own they can bring a parent/carer, support worker or similar.

Please go to our Activities, News & Events page for further information and contact details if you would like to take part.


Richmond upon Thames Inclusive Sport and Exercise (RISE) is offering people aged 14+ with additional needs opportunities to go on canoeing courses during the summer term.

If you've always wanted to have a go at canoeing, this is your chance! There will be fun sessions run by experienced coaches where you can learn different strokes and skills on the water to build your confidence through drills and games, plus the opportunity to try different canoes and kayaks.

Summer Term Canoe Courses

When: Fridays, 21st April to 26th May (6 days), 4.30pm to 6.30pm

           Fridays, 9th June to 21st July (7 days), 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Where: The Lensbury Watersports Centre, Broom Road, Teddington, TW11 9QH

Age: 14 years and above

Cost: £75.00 - 6 days, £87.50 - 7 days (parents/carers go free)

Please see Summer Term Canoeing flyers for more information about these events.

Do let RISE know if you require additional support to take part if your parent, carer or PA is unable to attend as they may be able to provide a buddy.

To find out more or to book, please email or call Sheila Crewdson or Lizzy Roberts on 020 8831 6181 /6134. To find out what other sporting opportunities RISE offers, do visit this LBRuT RISE webpage.


Activity Station has four events lined up for you on 30th April, all of which are based at the same location.

Where: OSO Arts Centre. 49, Station Road, Barnes. SW13 0LF

Creative Arts Workshop, 11.30am to 1.00pm (registration from 11.15am)

Who for: 11+ and upwards with moderate/severe learning disabilities

Price: £10.00 (carer's ticket free)

Please visit Creative Arts Workshop for more information and to book tickets.All ticket holders must be accompanied and remain on site and parents, keyworkers and carers are welcome to join to provide support.

Music Therapy Drumming Workshop, 11.30am to 12.00pm

Who for: All ages

Price: £10.00 (carer's ticket free)

Please visit Drumming Workshop for more information and to book tickets. All ticket holders must be accompanied and remain on site and parents, keyworkers and carers are encouraged to join in the session.

Environment Trust Sunday Ramble, 11.30am to 1.00pm (meet time from 11.15am)

Price: £5.00 (carer's ticket free)

Please visit Sunday Ramble for more information and to book tickets. Ticket holders must be accompanied at all times.

Youth Club/Disco, 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Who for: 12 to 25 year olds with mild/moderate learning disabilities and social

               communication difficulties

Price: £5.00 (includes a fresh stone-baked pizza and a drink)

Please contact Richmond Mencap direct on 020 8744 1923 to make a booking. This is a respite activity for parents, carers and keyworkers to ‘Drop and Go’.


Have you ever wanted to go to the BBC Proms? For all you Prom lovers, BBC Proms is holding the World's first ever Relaxed Prom, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Saturday 29th July.

The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.

This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.

Please visit our Activities News and Events page to find out more about this special event, to download guides in preparation for the visit and how to book tickets.

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