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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 21st May - 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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 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, January to May 2018 (for adults of all ages):

Staff: Jeff Benge & Zarah Yusuf

Thursday 25th January: Games Evening & Indoor Picnic

Tonight we will be playing board games and having food and drink. Plus, if time, a food and drink quiz!!

Thursday 8th February: Tonight is the first session of a theme for the new year of workshops around the subject of well-being & mental health. Tonight, we will be looking at the subject of Empathy.

Thursday 22nd February: Richmond Theatre, Strangers On A Train

Tonight, we will be going on one of our regular theatre trips to see a Hitchcock thriller!!

Thursday 8th March: Special Interests

Tonight we will be looking at an area that is often very dear to an ASD adult’s heart!!

Thursday 22nd March: Kew at Crossways

Tonight, Alan Fordham from Kew will be coming to talk to us about Spring in Kew Gardens, providing us with a preview of next month’s spring visit to Kew.

Thursday 5th April: A spring trip to visit the Woodland Walk to see the new spring flowers. We will be meeting at the Lion Gate at 5.30pm.

Thursday 19th April: Relaxation, Well Being and Tai-Chi

Continuing our theme on health matters, we will be looking at ways in which we can increase our levels of well-being & self-esteem.

Thursday 3rd May: Outing

To be confirmed

Thursday 17th May: Depression and Mental Health 1

Tonight, we will be looking at another area of well-being which affects many ASD people.

Thursday 31st May: Nature Walk

Tonight, we will be taking advantage of the lighter evenings and (hopefully) warmer weather to explore the borough’s lovely countryside.

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: Sunday 29th April, 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Where: Miles & Bird. 12, Bridge Road, Molesey. KT8 9HA

Please visit ASD & Anxiety to book your workshop place.

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: Wednesday 2nd May, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Anxiety 2 to book your place.

ASD Meltdowns & Shutdowns

When: Thursday 10th May, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD Meltdowns & Shutdowns to book your place.

Essential Guide to ASD

When: Tuesday 15th May, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit Essential Guide to ASD to book your place.

ASD and Anxiety

When: Tuesday 15 May, 10.00am to 11.00am

Please visit ASD & Anxiety 3 to book your place.

Ten Ways to Better Understanding Each Other for ASD?NT Couples

When: Thursday 17th May, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit Better Understanding Each Other to book your place.

ASD and Social Anxiety

When: Sunday 20th May, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Social Anxiety to book your place.

ASD and Education

When: Tuesday 5th June, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Education to book your place.

ASD and Females

When: Thursday 14th June, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Females 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 27th May, 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 live, fun interactive music therapy session using drums and percussion. All disabilities welcome and ticket holders must be accompanied and remain on site.

When: Sunday 25th March, 11.30am to 1.00pm

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 Drumming Workshop.

Spade Creative Gardening Workshop

This informal gardening session is run by Jean Loveland from Richmond AID. Activities may include table top gardening, planting pots or window boxes - something for everyone

When: Sunday 27th May, 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 Gardening Workshop.

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 27th May, 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.  

Visit Fun In The Sun to find out more about, plus 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.


Get out in the fresh air and hopefully summer sunshine for a friendly accessible walk. We walk along the path to Robin Hood Gate, back along the track next to Beverley Brook and returning to Roehampton Gate car park.

Afterwards, meet in the cafe for a chat, drink and/or snack. Toilets are available at both Roehampton Gate and Robin Hood Gate. Note that the route may vary from day to day. Whenever possible, the pace and length of the walks are adjusted to meet the needs of the group each time and for new people joining.

When: Tuesday 29th May, 10.30am to 2.00pm (meet time from 10.15am)

Meeting Point: Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate Car Park, SW15 5JR

Price: Walks are free

Age Range: All ages welcome, no need to book

All people with disabilities must be accompanied unless using one of Activity Station's respite services. Contact Activity Station at to find out more about using their respite services.


This Oscar winning remake of the original Disney classic The Jungle Book is for all the family, although perhaps slightly more adult than the original in 1967.

This is a sensory screening - there will be no advertisements, the lights kept on and dimmed throughout, the sound gradually increases at the start of the movie, and people will be able to move around if they need

When: Wednesday 30th May, 9.45am to 11.30am (doors open at 9.30am)

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

Film rating: PG

Price: £5.00 plus one free carer's ticket per standard booking

Please visit The Jungle Book to book tickets and for further information.


Interested in art and music? Then this could be the project for you! Turtle Key Arts in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and Wigmore Hall have organised Musical Portraits, which is free and lots of fun.

This music and arts project is specifically for young people aged 10 to 14 years of age with ASCs and especially for those who haven't previously had the opportunity to take part in this project.

Over the course of four days, you will get the opportunity to work with professional artists and musicians, create your own art and music as part of a group and individually using the National Portrait Gallery pictures as a stimulus, and perform the music you've created for an invited audience of friends and family.

When: Monday 30th July - Thursday 2nd August, 11.00am to 3.30pm

Where: National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

            and Wigmore Hall, 36, Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP

For more information and to apply, please visit this Turtle Key Arts webpage. Please note that the application deadline is Friday 25th May.

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