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Welcome to our June Update!
express News in Brief
Thank you to everyone who voted for express in the AVIVA Community Fund the finalists will be announced on 4th June.
As part of the Rose Theatres Let Me In festival we have again be asked to host a full day of events which will be on Thursday 18th June. Again we will have a coffee morning with guest speaker, a workshop in partnership with CHP and finally a comedy gala night where we have just added a special guest! All details and booking links below.
Finally we'd like to share with you John Williams's
latest blog, Decent Folk - featuring...
Express CICs International Headquarters :)
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
Express COMEDY GALA - THURSDAY 18th JUNE
**** SPECIAL GUEST LEE NELSON JUST ADDED ****
As part of the Rose Theatre Kingston's 'Let Me In Festival'A top night of stand up comedy and laughter featuring some of the best acts from the UK circuit. Tickets only £10!
Please do come along, get a group together and enjoy a jam packed evening of fun whilst helping express! We look forward to seeing you all on the night.
BOOK HERE NOW :)
Express at the Rose, part of the 'Let Me In' festival 18th June 2015
express coffee morning & SOS!SEN
We are delighted that Eleanor Wright from SOS!SENwill be our guest speaker. This is a great way to meet other parents/carers, the team at express and share experiences in a relaxed environment.
Please book early to secure your place. For capacity purposes, please book tickets for all attendees. To help us cover our costs a minimum donation of £3 is requested.
We very much hope to see many of you there.
express in partnership with the CHP
A 90 minute workshop covering a range of material:
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Teenagers on the Spectrum.
A talk with some interactive elements followed by a chance to ask Alis Rowe creator of CHP questions.
The event is hosted by express and delivered by the curly hair project. Ticket prices have been reduced on this occasion so do take advantage of this special offer & book now!
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 JUNE 4th
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
NEXT ONE JUNE 16th
A Message from the M&S Express Team: Cheryl, Jakki, Shannon, Gary & Joe
'We are taking part in the Thames path challenge for Express CIC. The Thames path challenge is a 100Km endurance walk across the weekend of 12/13th September 2015, starting in Putney and ending in Henley. We are looking to complete it in under 24 hours (we hope!).
Express is a 'not for profit' community organisation supporting young people with autism and their families in Kingston-upon-Thames. All your donations are going to a great cause and are all very much appreciated by all of us! Thank you!'
We are very very grateful to Joe Hewlett who has again agreed to do this mammoth challenge and not only that but persuaded others to join him!
Please do sponsor Joe and the Express Team via
Kingston CAMHS: Parent Survey
express would like to garner the opinions of Kingston parents (following Healthwatch Richmond's survey on access to CAMHS - see below). Information will only be passed on anonymously. The results of this survey may help to inform future CAMHS strategy and shape local CAMHS services. The closing date for responses to this survey is the 19th June, 2015.
Richmond CAMHS: Parent Survey
Healthwatch Richmond are inviting schools and families of children and young people that access CAMHS in Richmond to share their opinions and experiences on the services they receive. The closing date for responses to this survey is the 19th June, 2015.
New SENDIASS Service
Please find attached a letter from KIDS, who have been commissioned to run the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service for families across Kingston and Richmond.
KIDS Welcome Letter KIDS Data Protection LetterInformation on Short Breaks & Aiming High via
Recent changes to these services, the funding and eligibility criteria have prompted a steady stream of queries. Therefore, it’s our pleasure to support this invitation from Caroline Jager:
“Dear Parents and Carers,
Would you like to find out more about the short break services available in Kingston and Richmond?
Caroline Baxter, Head of Integrated Services for Disabled Children, Jodi Williams/David Arrow, Inclusion Development Officers and myself have arranged some dates to meet with you to talk about the changes in short break services. The dates are:
Kingston Meetings - Moor Lane Centre
Wed 3rd June: 12.30pm-2pm and the same evening from 6.30pm-8pm
Wed 10th June: 6.30-8pmin The Terrace Room, York House
Wed 17th June: 12.30pm-2pm in the Training Room, Croft Centre
You are very welcome to attend any session that suit you to hear information directly.
Please forward any questions as early as possible, that you would like answered by the attending professionals on the day.”
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!
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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