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Welcome to our October E-Newsletter!
Since our last newsletter we have submitted two major grant applications one for our feasibility study which will enable express to take a significant step closer to establishing the hub and one to help cover core running costs. We are all volunteers atexpress and running costs, putting on events, providing coffee mornings and booking talks, all adds up as we are sure you can appreciate.
This is a lengthy but we hope an informative and useful newsletter. 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
Grow Your Tenner
You may remember last years Local Giving 'Grow Your Tenner' campaign, well it's back!
They will match every donation up to £10 for a limited period! They will also match direct debits for the first 6 months too! So if you can give £2 a month this becomes £4 a month to express at no extra cost to you!
So, please donate here to express and help us continue to provide parent to parent support groups, informative and inspiring talks, sibling groups, art therapy groups and pursue our ultimate goal of an autism friendly purpose built hub in the heart of the community.
express Coffee Morning - 3rd Dec 2014
We are delighted that Dean Beadle will be our guest speaker. Dean is an adult with Aspergers Syndrome. He is an experienced journalist, and tours extensively speaking about his experiences with Aspergers.
Dean's story highlights a humorous and moving personal experience of life in education with Aspergers, and proves just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children on the spectrum.
This is a great way to meet other parents/carers, the team at Express and share experiences in a relaxed environment. Our coffee morning spaces always go fast and when we have guest speakers even faster! For further details and to reserve your space please click here
Express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
First Thursday of the month at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
Last Tuesday of the month at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
Dealing with Bullying
Sadly bullying is all too common, particularly if your child is seen as 'different'. It can be devastating to deal with as a family and even more difficult if your child is unable to express themselves. A recentsurvey concluded that over 60% of children with autism are bullied.
We hope that you do not have to use it but if this is something you are facing - Contact A Family have produced an excellent resource: Dealing with Bullying for parents of a disabled child
Future location for mental health inpatient facilities in south west London
A public consultation is taking place, click here to view further details from Kingston Voluntary Action.
What happens during an EHC needs assessment
A useful guide can be found on IPSEAs website, click hereto view.
Help express whilst shopping - it couldn't be easier! Retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Argos etc.. registered with the site will donate a % of your spend to your cause at no expense to you! Register with Easyfundraising select Express CIC as your cause and then proceed as usual to do your online shopping via their links. With Christmas fast approaching (sorry but it is...) it could make a real difference to the groups we are able to run and in supporting our efforts to establish the hub. It takes just minutes to set up and you could get your Christmas shopping started early whilst helping us to support young people with autism and their families. Thank you!
Express Yourself provides a space for children on the autism spectrum to interact and connect with others in a fun, supportive environment. The group aims to meet the speciﬁc and unique social and emotional needs of children with autism using creative tools such as drama, puppetry, art, music and storytelling. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us at email@example.com for more details.
Sibs @ Express is a group for children who have a brother or sister with autism to come together, make new friends and have a space to share their feelings. If you are interested in joining these groups please do email us firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Join the NAS for a brand new autism-friendly gig in iconic venue KOKO!
With a solo set from Gaz Coombes; a special guest appearance from White Lies; Jupiter Falls; acoustic cover legend Laura Tapp; and up-and-coming musicians on the spectrum Sam Cooper and Ed Goodale.
The lighting will be minimal, with a no pushing or moshing rule, and all but one of the acts are acoustic. Tickets are only £12.50 - get yours here
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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