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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 22nd January - 'The Greatest Showman'

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: 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.

ASD and Females

When: Sunday 21st January, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Females Webinar to book your place.

ASD and Communication

When: Monday 22nd January, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Communication Webinar to book your place.

ASD and Emotions

When: Thursday 1st February, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Emotions Webinar to book your place.

ASD and Education

When: Monday 5th February, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Education Webinar to book your place.

ASD and Socialising

When: Tuesday 6th February, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Socialising Webinar to book your place.

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Sunday 18th February, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Sensory Processing to book your place.

ASD and Anxiety

When: Thursday 1st March, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Anxiety to book your place.

ASD and Emotions

When: Monday 5th March, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Emotions to book your place.

Teenage Girls on the Autism Spectrum

When: Wednesday 14th March, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit Teenage Girls & ASD 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 28th January, 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. All disabilities welcome.

When: Sunday 28th January, 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 are again running three exciting, fun and creative 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 28th January, 25th February, 25th March, 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 28th January, 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.


Action-attainment are organising their 'Fun In The Sun' sporting activities for this summer. They are asking for anyone who is interested in taking part to register their interest, so please do get in touch with them to let them know.

The provisional dates for this summer's activities will be from 22nd until 27th July, subject to confirmation of funding and to register your interest, please get in touch with Action-attainment using their Contact Us page.  

Do visit Fun In The Sun as well to find out more about what is being arranged for this summer  plus more details about the various activities.


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.


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.

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