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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  

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.


‘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 8th October - 'Johnny English Strikes Again'

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:

Meetings: TBA

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

Thursday 27th September: Kew Gardens

Today, we are going on a sensory trail. We will be meeting up at 5.00pm at the Victoria Gate.

Thursday 11th October: The Big Quiz

Today we will be having a Super-Quiz at Crossways and there will be refreshments as well. Come prepared to tax your brains!!

Thursday 25th October: Anxiety Management and Depression

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

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: Hobbies and Special Interests

Today will be "Show and Tell" evening at Crossways. Please bring your hobbies and interests along to talk to the group about them. And we will talk about the role of special interests in autism.

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 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.

Workshops: To be announced

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 Emotions

When: Wednesday 10th October, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Please visit ASD & Emotions to book your place.

ASD and Social Anxiety

When: Tuesday 16th October, 8.00pm to 9.00pm

Please visit ASD & Social Anxiety to book your place.

ASD and Sensory Processing

When: Saturday 20th October, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Please visit ASD & Sensory Processing to book your place.

ASD and Family Relationships

When: Wednesday 31st October, 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 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 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


Activity Station offers a variety of events and activities each month. Here's what's on for the coming month:

Creative Arts Workshop

The sessions are themed and may include mosaic, painting, arts and crafts – something for everyone. Ticket holders work on their own individual pieces to take home. The sessions are run by a qualified art teacher with lots of experience teaching and working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

When: Sunday 28th October, 11.00am to 1.00pm (registration from 11.15am)

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

Age range: 11 and upwards

Price: £10.00 (carers ticket free - must be booked at the same time)

Live Music Concert

A live, fun interactive music concert performed by Paul Kerr, singer/guitarist and his accompanist. Keyworkers and carers are encouraged to join in the session

When: Sunday 28th October, 11.30am to 12.30pm

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

Age range: 11 and upwards

Price: £10.00 (carers ticket free - must be booked at the same time)

Dramatize Dance & Drama Workshop

We are delighted to welcome back Dramatize, who will be running the second of three exciting, fun and creative workshops. The workshops enable people to try out a number of mediums: dance, singing and drama, as well as physical theatre and mime.

When: Sunday 28th October, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

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

Age range: 16 and upwards

Price: £10.00 (carers ticket free - must be booked at the same time)

Spade Creative Gardening Workshop

This informal, relaxed and inclusive gardening session is run by Jean Loveland from Richmond AID. The sessions may include table top gardening, planting pots and flowerbeds, etc -  something for everyone.

When: Sunday 28th October, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

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

Age range: 11 and upwards

Price: £10.00 (carers ticket free - must be booked at the same time)

All ticket holders must be accompanied and remain on site but parents, keyworkers and carers are welcome to relax in the OSO café depending on the needs of the young person/adult. Please visit Activity Station for more information about these events and to make bookings.


This half term, Activity Station offers you a sensory screening of Ice Age: Collision Course. Scrat accidentally sets off a series of asteroids on collision course with Earth, causing various adventures with the old crew including Manny the Mammoth and Sid the Sloth.

When: Monday 22nd October, 9.45am to 11.30am (doors open at 9.30am)

Where: Olympic Cinema. Church road, Barnes. SW13 9HL

Age Range: All ages

Price: £5.00 (carers ticket free - must be booked at the same time)

All ticket holders must be accompanied and parents, keyworkers and carers need to remain on site at all time. Please visit Sensory Screening to book your tickets.


Express CIC are offering an exclusive invitation for their supporters to their latest film night to see Life Animated. This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia.

An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorised dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerged, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all need stories to survive..

When: Thursday 18th October, 8.00pm to 10.00pm (doors open at 7.30pm)

Where: The cornerHOUSE. 116, Douglas Road, Surbiton. KT6 7SB

Price: Free, but to support Express CIC to put on events, please do make a donation

Spaces are limited, so please BOOK HERE to reserve your space.


Flute Theatre, who create productions for autistic people and others with special educational needs, will be returning to the Orange Tree Theatre with their latest production, a Midsummer Night's Dream.

Up to fifteen young autistic people become participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage. Their families or carers sit just behind them to watch from the auditorium. The actors encourage the participants to play sensory games which unravel the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When: Monday 5th November - Saturday 24th November.

           Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 11.00am, Sat: 11.00am

Where: Orange Tree Theatre. 1, Clarence Street, Richmond. TW9 2SA

Age Range: 10 years and above

To book and for more information, call Izzy or Imogen at Take Part on 020 8940 0141.

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