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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 30th October - 'Thor Ragnarok'

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 10th August: Cookery

Today, we will be making pizzas at Crossways in the kitchen upstairs. Nothing needed to bring, just yourselves.

Thursday 24th August: Crane Park Walk

This evening (weather permitting), we will be going on a nature walk along the River Crane.

Thursday 7th September: Sensory 2

Tonight, we will be having the second part of our sensory discussion looking at how sensory sensitivities directly affect the lives of people with autism and looking at strategies that can be used to help manage sensory input.

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.

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: Wednesday 4th October, 5.30pm to 8.00pm

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

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

ASD and Emotions

When: Friday 6th October, 9.30am to 12.00pm

Where: Leatherhead Institute. 67, High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AW

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

ASD and Socialising

When: Friday 6th October, 1.00pm to 3.30pm

Where: Leatherhead Institute. 67, High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AW

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

ASD and Understanding Challenging Behaviour

When: Friday 13th October, 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.

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: Friday 8th December, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

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

Please visit Meltdowns & Shutdowns 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 29th October, 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 Drumming Workshop

A fun, live interactive music therapy session using drims, percussion, xylophone and keyboards with Otakar Trust Music Trust

When: Sunday 29th October, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Age range: All ages

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

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

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 29th October, 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.


Last year, Orange Tree co-produced a performance of The Tempest with Flute Theatre, who produce Shakespeare performances for young people with autism. This year, Flute will be returning to the Orange Tree with a brand new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for young people with autism and their families.

Up to fifteen children and young people on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on our stage. Their families or carers sit just behind them to watch from the auditorium.

The actors invite the participants to help them unravel Shakespeare’s story through sensory games which the children and actors play together. Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different every time depending on the nature of the young people who attend. Everyone is welcome to join the actors after the performance for tea and biscuits!

When: Monday 16th to Saturday 28th October, 10.30am & 2.30pm

            (Saturday performances 10.30am)

Where: The Orange Tree Theatre, 1, Clarence Street, Richmond. TW9 2SA

Age: 10 years and above

Ticket price: £10.00

Booking is by phone only - call Izzy or Imogen at OT Take Part on 020 8940 0141. For more information about this production, do visit A Midsummer Night's Dream.


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 Station and the Olympic Cinema are offering a relaxed screening of The Nightmare before Christmas. This Halloween Disney movie is an animated fantasy musical classic that won seven awards and was nominated for an Oscar. It contains lots of songs throughout.

When: Monday 23rd October, 9.45am to11.15am (doors open at 9.30am)

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

Price: £5.00 (1 free carers ticket per standard booking)

Film rating: PG

At this special screening, there will be no adverts, the lights will be on but dimmed throughout the performance and the sound increases gradually at the very start of the movie. Ticket holders will also be able to move about if required. For more information and to book tickets, do visit A Nightmare Before Christmas.


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

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