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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, see Turtle Key Arts' webpage at

Where: Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, Kings Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL

When: Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 5.00pm once a month  

Fee: Free to all participants. If you would like to make a donation to help Turtle Key Arts continue their work with young autistic people, please click HERE. If you would like to become a member of the Key Club, please call them on on 020 8964 5060 or visit this webpage:

RHLT ACTIVITIES (for people with a learning disability)

RHLT offer a variety of activities to people who have a learning disability. These include the following weekly events:

Pub Night - Mondays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Where: Cabbage Patch, 67, London Road, Twickenham. TW1 3SZ

Cover to Cover book group - Tuesdays, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Where: Cabbage Patch, 67, London Road, Twickenham. TW1 3SZ

DanceAct group - Wednesdays, 10.00am to 12.45pm

Where: Landmark Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington. TW11 9NN

Employability Job Club - Thursdays, 3.30pm to 5.30pm (times to be changed soon)

Where: Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Arragon Road, Twickenham. TW1 3NH

This group is run in partnership with Local Mencap Richmond

There are also two events that take place once a month. These are:

Games Night - Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: Adelaide Pub, 57, Park Road, Teddington. TW11 0AU

Diners Club - Once a month on a Saturday

The venues are as varied as possible so that the members get a chance to try different types of food that they would not otherwise try.

For further information about these events, do visit RHLT Activities. To make a booking for any of these activities, you can register your interest by visiting RHLT's Contact Us webpage.


BuddyUp is for young people with disabilities or additional needs aged between 14-17 years and living in the Richmond or Kingston boroughs. It works by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!

Please contact:

Jamie Cutler - 020 8831 6072 or (Richmond BuddyUp)

Junaina Pirbhai - 020 8831 6079 or (Kingston BuddyUp)

Please note, Junaina's working hours are Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm

You can also read more about BuddyUp by visiting Richmond & Kingston BuddyUp.


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 9th December - 'Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindlewald'

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 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

Group for adults of all ages, September to December 2018:

Thursday 8th November: Richmond Theatre

Tonight we will be going to Richmond Theatre to see Rain Man. The show begins at 7.30pm. We will meet at Richmond Station at 7.00pm or at the Theatre at 7.10pm.

Thursday 22nd November: Anxiety Management and Depression

Continuing on our health subject from the beginning of the year, we will be discussing ways of dealing with anxiety and the link between anxiety and depression.

Thursday 6th December: Pantomime

To be arranged.

Do email or call the Resources for Autism office on 020 8458 3259 or 07792 484196  (Monday to Saturday) for more information and if you are not sure which group you would like to join.


The Curly Hair Project 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.

Females and ASD

When: Saturday 8th December, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Please visit Females & ASD to book your place.

ASD and Socialising

When: Tuesday 11th December, 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Please visit ASD & Socialising to book your place.

ASD and Emotions

When: Wednesday 12th December, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Emotions to book your place.

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Saturday 15th December, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Please visit ASD & Sensory Processing to book your place.

ASD and Executive Function

When: Tuesday 18th December, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Executive Function to book your place.

ASD and Family Relationships

When: Thursday 20th December, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Family Relationships 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 activities for adults If you would like any further information about RISE, inclusive and disability specific sport or exercise activities, call RISE on 020 8831 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 4.00pm

Where: Little Angel Studios, Sebbon Street Community Centre,

             Sebbon Street, Islington. N1 2EH

To find out more, do visit Spectrum Youth Theatre. If you would like to make an enquiry about joining, call 0203 780 5973 or email


This is a specialist support group for autistic young people where they can make friends, and access youth services. It is open to young people from the Richmond and Kingston Boroughs. Membership is by referral only (parents can make referrals).

When: Thursday evenings, 6.00pm to 8.30pm (term time only)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 11 to 24 years

For more details, call 020 8288 0950 (Heatham House office) or 07919 044141. You can also email Gregory Cheetham at


This is a club for young people with disabilities. TAG seeks to provide a safe, stimulating and engaging environment for any young person with a disability to meet up with their friends, take part in fun activities and learn social and life skills.

When: Friday evenings, 5.30pm to 7.30pm (Junior Club),

                                        7.30pm to 9.30pm (Youth Club)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 10 to 25 years

For further details, call 07557 397934 or email TAG at To find out more about what TAG has to offer, please visit


Action Station are delighted to announce the return of the marvellous OSO Panto Players with their specially adapted and inclusive Christmas Panto production of Sleeping Beauty.

When: Saturday 22nd December, 11.00am to 12.15pm (doors open at 10.15am)

Where: OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green, London SW13 0LF.

Price: Free (first come, first served)

Age Range: All ages

Entrance is with a valid booking only, so do visit Sleeping Beauty to get your ticket. All people with learning disabilities must be accompanied - parents and carers must remain on site at all times. The OSO Cafe will be open serving festive food and drinks.


On selected Saturdays across the year, the Science 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

The next Night Owls event is all about the Sun. There will be open access to galleries including the feature exhibition The Sun:Living With Our Star as well as the interactive gallery Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery.

When: Saturday 8th December, 6.45pm until 10.30pm

Where: The Science Museum. 64 Exhibition Rd, Kensington. SW7 2D

Price: Free

Age Range: 16 and over

Places are limited and tickets should be booked in advance. To do this, you can book by clicking on Book Now or by phone at 020 7942 4000 between 8.30am and 6.00pm. If you need to cancel your booking, please let the Science Museum know by calling 020 7942 4000 so that they can give your place to someone else. You will also receive a Visual Story and a detailed programme outline to help prepare you for your visit.

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