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Welcome to our May Update!
express News in Brief
PROGRESS! - We have finally secured new temporary offices in Tolworth, directly opposite our future hub site! We are at 452 Ewell Road, Tolworth, KT6 7EL. Our thanks to Nick Ball at Howell-Jones and the 41 Club for all their support. We don't have any signage yet so if anyone has any contacts that could support us that would be fantastic! We were successful in our bid for the Autism Innovation Fund from Kingston Council which enabled us to buy some essential office equipment. We were also kindly donated some office furniture from Prisoners Education Trust. It is great to have a base and we are developing our work experience and volunteering opportunities. Our EHCP support is offered from our new offices too, so much easier for people to access. We will also be trialling support groups here. We are very excited to have taken this huge step forward but with this step comes core costs, we are all volunteers here at express but running an office, providing talks, support, events all incur costs so we need your support. Please see below for how you can help.
HUSTINGS - As part of the NAS 'I'm One' General Election Campaign we organised a hustings (pre-election Question Time)! This was very well attended and provided some interesting questions! Further details below.
If you are a parent/carer please could you complete our short survey if you have not done so already. This will help us evidence need. Thank you.
Your comments are always welcome - please click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please continue to support us it really does make a difference. You can do your bit by spreading the word, attending events, offering your expertise, and fundraising. Please do get involved.
For further information on our upcoming events you can visit www.expresscic.org.uk.
Annette & Tracey
Vote now to secure extra funding for Express!
This month we have the chance to win up to £10,000 through the Aviva Community Fund.
Aviva, the major UK insurance company, has selected Express to compete for funding with other inspirational local projects around the country.
The competition will be tough. So we'll need your support to be in with a chance.
Just follow the three simple steps below:
1. Register on the Aviva website, using this link:
2. Cast all your ten votes for Express.
3. Share with family and friends and encourage them to vote too.
You must vote before 30th May!
If Express gains enough votes, we have the chance to go through to the finals where a panel of judges will award funding to the projects that wow them the most.
So please do vote. It only takes a few seconds and winning this funding will provide vital extra support for our art therapy and sibling groups.
express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
NEXT ONE JUNE 18th
First Thursday of the month (term time) at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT ONE MAY 7th
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
NEXT ONE MAY 19th
Are you benefiting from Express?
Please consider making a small financial donation.
We are making wonderful progress - but we need your help!
Directors Annette and Tracey have escaped from their kitchen tables and are now running Express from new offices in Tolworth. Just across the road is the site for our planned community hub at the former Fairmead Nursery.
Support our events
The regular coffee mornings, talks and awareness days are still a top priority as these events are a lifeline for many parents and carers.
“Listening to Dean Beadle, who has Asperger's Syndrome, talk about his struggles at school, opened my eyes to the anxiety my daughter was going through. It gave me some strategies for helping her cope with stress,' says Helen who attended World Autism Awareness Day in April.
A regular income will support express events like these and help us continue our work towards creating a community hub.
Please make a small donation of £5/month – or a one-off donation.
You can donate online at: www.localgiving.com/expresscic
Thank you for your support!
Listen to our patron John Williams, 6th May 2015 at 20.45 on Radio 4s 'Four Thought' or catch up via
Election candidates offer enthusiastic support for Express
Local parliamentary candidates were finally able to agree with each other at our special question time event last week - they were all unanimous in their praise for Express and pledged their parties' support for our services.
Questions from an audience of over 100 covered issues such as teacher training, the low employment rate for people with autism and mental health provision for children with autism. The panel were also asked about the local impact of the merger of children's services in Kingston and Richmond.
The atmosphere was friendly and supportive. All five candidates who attended the hustings were keen to demonstrate their commitment to improving services for families living with autism, each offering compelling arguments for their parties' positions. Ed Davey commented that this was the first event he had attended with an SEN focus.
Skillfully chaired by our Express patron and comedian, John Williams, the evening was both informative and entertaining. Many audience members stayed on after the serious debate to relax and enjoy John's show My Son's not Rainman.
“The praise we received from all the candidates for the Express vision is very encouraging. We are looking forward to working with our future MP, whoever is elected,” says Express co-founder and director Tracey.
Special thanks go to Richard Challoner School for hosting the event and to all our loyal supporters who came along and asked some challenging questions.
Thanks also to the five candidates who attended:
* Cllr Andrea Craig, Conservative (standing in for James Berry standing in for James Berry and Lead Member for Children, Youth and Adult Learning on Kingston Council)
* Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat
* Laurel Fogarty, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
* Lee Godfrey, Labour
* Clare Keogh, Green Party
Our final thanks goes to our Express volunteers Anna, Shirley, Rebecca for all their support and a big thank you to John Williams for chairing ('his weirdest warm-up yet') and performing his show afterwards.
Easy Read Manifestos
SI Kingston - our thanks to the Soroptimists ladies of Kingston, who raised money for us over the last year and presented us with a cheque for £1,425 to be used for art materials and displays for our groups.
Autism Seminars - run by Jane Pidduck, Grand Avenue School
The National Autistic Society have developed one day family seminars on autism. Kingston have purchased these seminar packs to deliver to Kingston families with children up to the age of 16.
Three family seminars will run this term they will include; Understanding Autism, Sensory Issues and Managing Anger. The first one will be on 8th May and is for families of a child with autism up to the age of 11. Please find attached information about this seminar along with an application form.
' Mum what I think you need now is a nice cup of tea.' said whilst ushering me out of the room. Hmmm what I think I need now is eyes in the back of my head!
Express CIC - 'creating a hub in the heart of the community, supporting young people with autism and their families, a place for everyone'
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