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All Aboard Club at the Castelnau Centre in Barnes

Run by All Aboard Club
Richard from All Aboard Club (formerly known as the Engine Shed) brings his trains to some of our special sessions!

All Aboard Club is a special interest group for children and young people with autism and ADHD who love trains.
All Aboard Club will be bringing their huge train sets for the children to build and play with in a welcoming, safe and relaxing environment.

Children can both play with existing sets or build their own layout.

They have loads of Brio, Ertl and Tomy layouts to play with.

This activity takes place in different venues, so please check carefully.

We are running a special session in the summer holidays on Tuesday 10th August.

There will be 2 sessions. The first is from 11am - 1pm and the second is from 2-4pm. Please only book one session to start with. Nearer the time, if there are spaces available, you will be invited to book a double session.

The venue for this date is:

The Castelnau Centre
7 Stillingfleet Road
Barnes SW13 9AQ

Q: Is there parking at the Centre?
A: There is street parking although there are some restrictions on weekdays between 10am – 12pm. The Centre has parking vouchers which can be bought if you are coming to an activity in the morning. 

Q: Is the Centre wheelchair accessible?
A: The Community Centre has full disabled access and is fully DDA compliant. 
Q: How do I get to the Centre by public transport?
A: The Centre is situated on Stillingfleet Road, which is a short walk from the 33, 72, 283 and 209 bus-stops on Washington Road. It is also just a short walk from the 419 bus hail and ride stops on Kilmington Road and Verdun Road.

Please note, as with all Skylarks activities, anyone is welcome! Children with autism or any other additional needs, their siblings and parents, from any borough. Trains will be both on the floor and on table tops. We suggest a minimum age of 4 years old, so that the children can focus on playing with trains and enable all children to enjoy this activity.

We are still maintaining all our Covid-compliant measures. we are still taking temperatures at the door, social distancing, wearing masks, limiting numbers and maintaining hygiene. We encourage everyone (staff, volunteers, parents) to test themselves regularly for Coronavirus using lateral flow tests which are easily and freely available.  All adults are expected to wear a mask or visor indoors.

This activity is free of charge but donations are appreciated.

We ask that parents stay on-site to supervise their children. There will be one or two members of staff from All Aboard Club and one or two members of staff/volunteers from Skylarks present, but parents are still responsible for their children.

One parent who attended previously said:  "I was having a terrible day/week with my son, I had to carry him from the car park to the centre and on arrival he was really upset and aggressive. I took him in and he calmed down and played with the trains non stop for well over and hour without coming to me, he was so happy. It was the only rest I had for days. Thank you so much for arranging this as we have travelled far in the past to access".

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