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Welcome to our July Update!
express News in Brief
Thank you to everyone who came along to our express day at The Rose for the Let me In Festival. A fantastic day if exhausting! We had a very informative talk from Eleanor Wright at SOS!SEN followed by a workshop from The Curly Hair Project and finally our Comedy Gala.
The office has been a great step forward and we are having increasing visitors and meetings so it's a necessity whilst we prepare our final business plan for submission by the end of July. We are exploring lots of options for our hub site and we will of course keep you updated as always. Fundraising is even more crucial now to cover the office running costs.
Sadly we did not get through to the finals of the AVIVA Community Fund - we were just a few votes short. Thank you to everyone who voted. Please keep an eye out and let us know about any similar opportunities as this is a great way to raise vital funds.
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
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our Comedy Gala raffle sponsors Greenfields, White Spider Climbing, Cass Arts, Bentalls, Nuffield Health & Kingfisher Leisure Centre. To Northpoint Print for printing our flyers, The Rose Theatre, Elis James, Maff Brown, Simon Brodkin's 'Lee Nelson', Don Biswas & Chris McCausland. The fabulous audience. And finally, a special thank you to John Williams for being such a lovely host and for all his hard work and support for Express.
We raised just under £2,000 so thank you once again.
express Support Groups
Bi monthly (dates via newsletter) at The Rose Theatre 11:00-12:30pm
NEXT ONE AUG TBC
First Thursday of the month (term time) at Surbiton Children's Centre 7:30-9:00pm
NEXT ONE SEPT TBC
Last Tuesday of the month (term time) at Moor Lane Centre 1:00-2:30pm
NEXT ONE JULY 14th
EHCP individual support by appointment
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
The Local Offer Launch
Monday 13th July 4pm - 7pm
Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS
'The main purpose of this event is to launch the Local Offer website to families, and to offer young people with learning difficulties the opportunity of discovering the opportunities available to them.'
· Young People; the SEND Champions
· Short Breaks team
· Post 16 providers
· ice cream van, photo booth
· formal presentation at 5.30pm (15 mins)
The Magic of Louis Morel
'The film is a brief summary of some of the extreme and trippy sensory stuff I have to deal with. Asperger Syndrome is a very varied condition and I think what I have is rare among that, so bear in mind not everyone with Asperger Syndrome will necessarily suffer from things like this. The inspiration for this film was a video I made a long time ago where I tried to explain my condition to other people. Through an absurdly tangential sequence of events Philip Davies (Battlecat) saw my film and this is how ‘The Magic of Louis Morel’ film happened.' Watch here:
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
Please visit http://www.expresscic.org.uk/useful-info.html to see documents related to Aiming High including information and application forms.
Tips for an Autism friendly Summer by Ambitious About Autism
'Summer is here so we've put together a list of tips for families and carers of children and young people with autism to get the most out of the holidays. Thanks to everyone on the Talk about Autism forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit who shared their thoughts, experiences and suggestions – we really appreciate it. We hope you enjoy the holidays!'
See more at: www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/understanding-autism/tips-for-an-autism-friendly-summer-2015#sthash.kMISXzgJ.dpuf
Please consider making a small financial donation.
We are making wonderful progress - but we need your help!
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.
You can set up a regular small donation from as little as £2/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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