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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 25th August - 'The Dark Tower'

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 Anxiety

When: Saturday 16th September, 9.30am to 12.00pm

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

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

Autistic Shutdowns and Meltdowns

When: Saturday 16th September, 1.00pm to 3.30pm

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

Please visit Shutdowns & Meltdowns 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 24th September, 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 fun, live interactive music concert performed by Tom Kerr and his accompanist. All disabilities are welcome.

When: Sunday 24th September, 11.30am to 12.45pm

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 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 24th September, 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.


This October, Kew Gardens will be offering autistic people of all ages and their carers an opportunity to visit the iconic Palm House and enjoy seeing its wide variety of plants, ranging from bananas to bamboo!

When: Sunday 1st October, 9.00am to 10.00am

Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Richmond. TW9 3AE

Cost: Free event plus free entry

Age range: Suitable for all ages (especially early risers!)

There will be plenty of Kew colleagues supporting this event and there will also be the option of a free 40 minute guided tour suitable for people aged 18 and over (you are also welcome to explore the Palm House interior for yourself). This free event includes day entry so you are welcome to stay and explore the Gardens when the Palm House event has finished.

Places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. To register in advance for this event and for more more information, do contact Justine Parker at or call 020 8332 5643.


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.

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