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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 July - 'Spiderman: Homecoming'

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 25th May: Kew Gardens

We are meeting at Lion Gate at 5pm for our Springtime Discovery Walk. If everyone could be on time please, as the gardens close at 6.30pm

Thursday 8th June: Kew comes to Crossway

Alan Fordham will be talking about his work at Kew and bringing some examples for us to see. He will be discussing the Going Wild project at Wakehurst Place.

Thursday 22nd June: Healthy Eating and Exercise workshop

We will explore and discuss various ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating. We will create a simple, delicious healthy food and snacks you can create at home.

Thursday 6th July: Employment & volunteering workshop at the Crossway Centre

Discussion and support in areas of employment and work experience people find difficult. We will have a guest come in to deliver an employment workshop and summer volunteering opportunities for those who are interested.

Thursday 20th July: Trip

Jack Petchey Trip - The Book of Mormon. Details to follow.

AutenRichmond dates (for adults of all ages):

Staff: Jeff Benge & Zarah Yusuf

Thursday 1st June: Richmond Park Picnic

Weather permitting, we will be going to our lovely local park for a picnic, walk and hopefully, see some deer. If the weather is poor, the alternative is a social evening at the White Swan Pub in Richmond.

Thursday 15th June: Theatre

Tonight we are going to Richmond Theatre to see Jane Eyre. We will be meeting up at Richmond Theatre between 6.45pm and 7.00pm for a 7.15 start. If anyone wants to meet at Richmond Station, let Jeff know and we can meet at 6.45pm.  

Thursday 29th June: Healthy Eating and Exercise workshop

We will explore and discuss various ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating. We will create a simple, delicious healthy food and snacks you can create at home.

Thursday 13th July: Kew comes to Crossway

Alan Fordham returns to give us a second talk about his work at Kew and to bring some examples for us to see. He will be discussing the Going Wild project at Wakehurst Place.

Thursday 27th July: Sensory Workshop 1

This evening, at Crossways, we will be looking at how sensory input affects people on the autistic spectrum. What are the reasons why autistic people are so affected by them? And more.

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.

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.

ASD and Socialising

When: Friday 14th July, 7.00pm to 9.30pm

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

Please visit ASD and Socialising 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.

ASD and Anxiety

When: Friday 16th June, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD and Anxiety to book your place

Autistic Meltdowns and Shutdowns

When: Monday 26th June, 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Please visit Meltdowns and Shutdowns to book your place

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Thursday 6th July, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD and Sensory Processing to book your place

ASD and Challenging Behaviour

When: Monday 10th July

Please visit ASD and Challenging Behaviour 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


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.  


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.


This month, Activity Station has four events lined up for you, all of which are based at the same location.

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

Live Music Therapy Drumming Workshop, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Who for: All ages

Price: £10.00 (carer's ticket free)

Please visit Music Therapy 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.

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.

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’.


Activity Station, in conjunction with the Olympic Cinema, are offering a sensory screening of 'Moana'. The movie is a musical fantasy adventure about a teenager who goes on an action-packed voyage.

At this sensory screening, there will be no advertisements, the lights will be on and dimmed throughout the performance, and the sound will increase gradually at the very start of the movie. Ticket holders will be able move around should they need to do so.

When: Monday 31st July. Doors open at 9.30am

Where: Olympic Cinema, 117 - 123, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL

Price: £5.00 (carer's ticket free)

Film Rating: PG

Please visit Moana for more information and to book tickets.


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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