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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


‘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


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 20th November - 'Justice League'

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 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  

Thursday 17th August: Cookery at Crossways

Tonight we have use of the Crossway kitchen upstairs to express our culinary skills and cook a delicious meal!

Thursday 31st August: Oxygen Trampolining

Tonight, we will be going to Oxygen at Park Royal. The session will be from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. We will be meeting up beforehand at Richmond Station at 6.00pm. Further details nearer the time.

Thursday 14th September: Kew talk with Alan Fordham

Alan from Kew Gardens will be giving a talk on Going Wild together with a hands-on nature quiz!

Thursday 28th September: Film Night at Crossways

Popcorn and treats included!!

Thursday 12th October: SRE Session

Tonight we have Catherine from Resources for Autism coming to give a workshop about sex and relationships.

Thursday 26th October: Outing


AutenRichmond dates (for adults of all ages):

Staff: Jeff Benge & Zarah Yusuf

Thursday 21st September: Wall Climbing at Vauxhall Climbing Centre

Tonight, we will be going indoor rock climbing at Vauxhall. We will be meeting beforehand at Richmond Station

Thursday 5th October: Workshop - Communication Techniques

Tonight, we will be looking at the subject of communication and ways in which people with autism can overcome their difficulties in this area.

Thursday 19th October: Rose Theatre, Kingston

Tonight, we will be going to see Around The World In Eighty Days. the show starts at 7.30pm and we will be meeting up at 7.00pm at the theatre, or if anyone wants, at 6.45pm at Kingston station.

Thursday 2nd November: Kew at Crossways

Tonight, we have another visit from Alan Fordham from Kew Gardens and tonight, Alan will be discussing, amongst other things, fruit.

Thursday 16th November: Executive Function

An overview of how executive function affects us in our daily living and what happens if we have executive dysfunction.

Thursday 30th November: Planning & Motivation

Following on from the previous session, we will look at how we can improve our planning skills in our daily lives and increase our level of motivation ready for the New Year!

Thursday 14th December: Christmas Outing

It is that time of year again. Will it be pantomime, magic lantern festival, Christmas meal or something else altogether?!

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 Anxiety

When: Friday 10th November, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4life, 40 - 44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

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

ASD and Meltdowns and Shutdowns

When: Wednesday 22nd November, 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Where: Tolworth Girls' School, Fullers way North, Tolworth. KT6 7LQ

Please visit Meltdowns & Shutdowns 1 if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Meltdowns and Shutdowns

When: Friday 8th December, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Where: Vet4life, 40 - 44, Brighton Road, Surbiton. KT6 5PL

Please visit Meltdowns & Shutdowns 2 if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Saturday 9th December, 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Where: Miles & Bird. 12, Bridge Road, Hampton Court, Molesey. KT8 9HA

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

ASD and Anxiety

When: Saturday 20th January, 10.00am to 12.30pm

Where: Waldegrave school. Fifth Cross Road, Twickenham. TW2 5LH

Please visit ASD & Anxiety 2 if you would like to book a place for this event.

ASD and Anxiety

When: Wednesday 24th January, 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Where: Tolworth Girls' School, Fullers way North, Tolworth. KT6 7LQ  

Please visit ASD & Anxiety 3 if you would like to book a place for this event.

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.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing

When: Thursday 2nd November, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Sensory Processing Webinar to book your place

Autistic Shutdowns and Meltdowns

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

Please visit Shutdowns & Meltdowns Webinar to book your place

ASD and Anxiety

When: Sunday 12th November

Please visit ASD & Anxiety Webinar to book your place

ASD and Socialising

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

Please visit ASD & Socialising Webinar to book your place


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


This month, Activity Station has a variety activities for you to choose from and enjoy.

All of the activities listed below are all based at the following venue:

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

Creative Arts Workshop

This relaxed, informal and inclusive session is for young people and adults who have moderate and severe learning disabilities. The art workshops are themed each month, so there is something for everyone!

When: Sunday 26th November, 11.30am to 1.00pm (registration at 11.15am)

Age range: 11 years and above

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

To book tickets and more information, please visit Art Workshop.

Live Interactive Music Concert

A live, fun interactive music concert performed by Paul Kerr, singer/guitarist, and his accompanist.

When: Sunday 26th November, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Age range: 11 and above, including adults

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

To book tickets and more information, please visit Interactive Music Concert.

Drama and Dance Workshops

Dramatize will be running three exciting, fun workshops including a perfomance/show at the end of the last session for parents and carers to watch. You can attend an individual session or all three.

When: Sunday 24th September, 29th October, 26th November, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Age range: 11 years and above

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

To book tickets and more information, please visit Workshops.

Youth Club

The friendly Youth Club includes a disco, live DJ, games, arts and crafts plus lots more! This Club is for young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities and social communication difficulties. It is also a respite activity for parents, carers and keyworkers to 'drop and go'.

When: Sunday 26th November, 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Age range: 12 to 25 years

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

To book tickets and more information, contact Richmond Mencap at 020 8744 1923.

All people with disabilities must be accompanied and their parents, keyworkers and parents need to stay onsite at all times unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at to find out more about using their respite services.


Night Owls enables young adults who have an autism spectrum condition to come along and enjoy the Science Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

On selected Saturdays across the year, the Museum is opened exclusively to pre-booked Night Owls guests. As well as the chance to explore the galleries, there are lots of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations to enjoy. Once you have booked, the Science Museum will email you a detailed programme about the evening about a week ahead of your visit.

When: Saturday 2nd December, 6.45pm to 10.30pm

Where: Science Museum. Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD

Price: Free, but booking required

Age Range: 16 to 25 years

Places are limited so booking is required. Call 020 7942 4000 between 8.30am and 6.00pm daily. The Science Museum will take your details and send you an email confirming your Night Owls place. Booking opens at 10.00am on Friday 3rd November.

If you would like to be sent a reminder that the bookings are about to open, email and you will be added to the Night Owls mailing list. If once you have booked but find you are no longer able to attend, please call 020 7942 4000 so your place can be released for someone else.


Action-attainment is offering a workshop programme for parents and teachers of children with social communication needs from Y3 to Y6 to help with planning transfers from primary to secondary school.

When: 7th & 21st November, 5th December and 16th January

Where: Richmond AID. 4, Waldegrave Road, Teddington. TW11 8HT

Price: £16.52 per workshop (some free tickets available on application)

To book, please visit Workshop Tickets. Do visit Transition Workshops for more information about the workshops and free ticket applications.


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 Hall, 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 or

Katherine Adams at instead.


The next RUILS Family Matters workshop is all about supporting your son or daughter to find work. This workshop is being run by AS Mentoring who provide specialist coaching and mentoring for adults with autism spectrum conditions and other neuro diverse conditions.

This course is designed for parents/carers of young adults with an ASC, to help them understand what they can (and can't) do to help their young person to prepare for the world of work, and how best to support them to find employment as they leave education. The workshop aims to give parents practical advice and ideas, and to signpost them to potential areas of further support and funding.

Topics covered include routes into work and higher education; looking for work -  the role that parents/carers can (and can't) play, declaring an ASC diagnosis to an employer (when and how), reasonable adjustments in the workplace, plus available support. This workshop is for 15 people.

When: Saturday 18th November, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: The Disability Action & Advice Centre. 4 Waldegrave Road,

             Teddington. TW11 8HT

Price: £22.00 (plus booking fee - lunch is provided)

To book your place, visit Employment Workshop, and if you would like to find out more about AS Mentoring's work, their web address is


Disney's acclaimed musical The Lion King is now in its 19th year at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of London's west End. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from a wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Tickets are now on sale for The Lion King's fifth dedicated autism friendly performance. Partnering with the NAS, the Lyceum Theatre team create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy this landmark musical. This specially adapted performance will have trained staff on hand, plus dedicated quiet and activity areas made available should anyone need to leave their seat.

When: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 1.30pm

Where: Lyceum Theatre. 21, Wellington Street, London. WC2E 7RQ

Price: Varied

To book tickets, request a visual story, watch a trailer and for more information, please visit the Lyceum's The Lion King webpage.


Look out chaps, there's a new girl in school! Our plucky heroine Daisy is ready for a topping new term and to take on a jolly ripping mystery in this whizzo family treat for Christmas at Park Theatre. Denise Deegan’s Daisy Pulls It Off is a fabulously affectionate parody of 1920s schoolgirl novels is transformed into a riproaring spectacle of ensemble theatrical magic.

Park Theatre is offering a relaxed performance that is designed to be welcoming to people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition, learning disabilities, or dementia. Adjustments will be made to lighting and sound levels, plus a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium during the performance.

On booking, you will be scheduled to receive a visual story about how to get to and around Park Theatre, where to find food, drink and toilets, plus how to find staff who can assist you. There will also be information about the show, plus a story outline.

When: Wednesday 13th December, 3.00pm

Where: Park Theatre. Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Price: £10.00

Age Range: 8 years and upwards

To book tickets, do visit Daisy Pulls It Off. Should you need to contact the theatre's Access Co-ordinator, either email or call 07542 335752.

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