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Welcome to our February Newsletter!
express News in Brief
Hope back to routine went well for everyone, it seems like we've been back ages! If you are online shopping, thinking of booking that holiday?, then don't forget to register with easyfundraising and select Express as your cause. Thank you!
It's been a very busy time at Express HQ. We have had lots of lovely visitors and also many phone calls. Sometimes parents just want to speak to someone who 'gets it' and sometimes they want more specific advice. We're always happy to help if we can.
This month is off to a busy start too.
Thank you to James Berry MP for coming in to see us to hear about the progress we are making and the plans for the hub. It was lovely to show James some of the work from the young people at Express.
A BIG THANK YOU to John Lewis, Kingston and to everyone who voted for us. An amazing £1024 was raised in the Community Matters token scheme.
Over the next few months, as well as working on significant Capital Grants, we will soon be launching a fundraising campaign to specifically raise funds for the hub. We will need to reach out to businesses and the wider community. We need your help! If you have contacts, specific experience or would like to become involved please do get in touch.
If you haven't yet been to one of our parent/carer support groups, please do come along. We are all very friendly and these groups are run by and for you. These groups are for whether you are currently going through diagnosis, have just received a diagnosis or have valuable experience to share. We run both daytime and evening groups.
Express Support GroupsWe now run 5 different support groups as well as 1:1 support for EHCPs and DLAs all details are below. Our groups are on different days both daytime and evening and all run by volunteers please contact us for more information or simply turn up (only the Rose has to be via ticketing for capacity purposes). It helps to share experiences, and to know you are not on your own.
ARTS @ Express
Our Art therapy and SIBs groups have started back. We are hoping to expand these groups further if this is something you are interested in for the future please do get your referrals in soon. Places go fast! It's lovely to hear parents tell us how much their children look forward to them. Please see our flyer below for more details and apply via ourwebsite. This is just a small part of what the eventual hub could provide please support us and help that goal become a reality sooner.
We have an excellent dedicated small team of volunteers but we really do need support with fundraising to help cover our increasing costs. Please do consider fundraising for us, however big or small it all helps! Some ideas ... Coffee mornings, cake sales, quiz night in your local, good as new sale or pamper evening. Please also nominate us in your local supermarket schemes or look out for community funds we can apply for. We really need your help!
Please please could we ask as many of you as possible to sign up to easyfundraising. It doesn't cost you anything and you can raise money for Express when you shop online. See below for details.
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 & for other events locally www.afclocaloffer.org.uk
Annette & Tracey
express Support Groups
- Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at the Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
- 1st Thursday of the month (term time) at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm
- NEW 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Express Offices 9:00-11:00am
- NEW TYA 3rd Monday of the month at the Express Offices 7:30-9:00pm
- Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
- Every Tuesday EHCP 1:1 Support by Appt. - Express Offices 9:00-12:00pm Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
MAKATON FOUNDATION WORKSHOPS
Date: 15th, 16th February 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: EXPRESS CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton, London, KT6 7EL
Cost: £150 (reduced rates for parents)
Participants will be provided with four manual sets (Modules 1-4) and pocket books of Signs and Symbols (Stage 1-4 plus additional vocabulary).
Express CIC is near Tolworth train station and accessible by bus routes 406, 418, 281, K1, and K2.
Contact: Fouad Abbad firstname.lastname@example.org 07405 729604
EXPRESS CIC COFFEE & GUEST SPEAKER ANNA COOK:
10TH FEBRUARY @ THE ROSE THEATRE
Anna Cook is a PhD student at the University of Surrey. Her PhD explores the impact of inclusion on the experiences of bullying of young people with autism and the the attitudes of young people without special educational needs towards their autistic peers. Anna will present findings from her research and will welcome interest from those wishing to participate in her research studies.
Our coffee mornings are always a great way to meet other parents/carers, the team at Express and share experiences in a relaxed environment.
Plus we will have some delicious homebaked cakes from Lucy!
For capacity purposes, please book tickets for all attendees
We very much hope to see many of you there.
Seminar is on TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE for students with SEN. It is for parents carers and professionals on Tuesday February 9th in central London and will be useful for parents and carers with a young person approaching age 14 or older, or professionals who work with them. It is heavily subsidised for parents and carers (£10 for parents including lunch) and promises to be a really useful event. Topics covered include:
• the Mental Capacity Act and decision-making,
• funding of care packages and support,
• what evidence is needed for all the assessments and
• how it links in with EHCPs and Further Education
• Challenging Behaviour in adolescence and adult life.
Please see the attached flier or click the link below
and click here to book
This video, which features the incredible Michael McCreary, is a wonderful introduction to autism spectrum disorder. The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people with ASD; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming. This video is so accessible and entertaining, it offers something for everyone.
'A Plea To The Autism Community, From One of Your Own'
An article from Autistic Not Wierd - http://autisticnotweird.com/
WICKED first Autism Friendly Performance
Saturday 14 May 2016 at 1.30pm Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
The National Autistic Society are working closely with the Wicked team to deliver their first autism friendly performance. We hope to create a friendly and supportive environment in which to enjoy the show. The specially adjsuted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand in dedicated quiet and activity areas should anyone need to leave their seats.
Based on the international best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
For more details and the visual story please follow this link: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk/AutismFriendly
SEND FAMILY VOICES
Schedule of events now updated including upcoming open meetings.
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for Express?
There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including the holiday companies above as well as Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
It's really simple, all you have to do is:
Head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/expresssurbitoncic/ and sign up for free.
Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.
After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Express will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
Interesting Articles :
To The Doctors Who Had Little Patience With My Son With Autism
Photos: This is What One Dad Wants Us To Know About Autism
In A Different Key: The Story of Autism
Rosie King's Review of BBCs New Drama The A Word
Living Autism: Your Rights - Updated Article for UK
Travel Assistance Policy CYP With an EHCP or a SSEN - Surrey County Council
Hillary Clinton's Autism Platform
Westminster Autism Commission
Progress in Autistic Care in England
Dr Judith Gould: Women & Girls Conference
If you come across any interesting articles you'd like us to share in our newsletter next month please do email them to us. Also feel free to share on our facebook page.
We Love this From Awareness For Autism UK
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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