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Activities and News from other organisations

February 25, 2024



We have divided up the information in this section under the following four headings.





We hope this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

Please be aware that we are not recommending or endorsing any of these organisations or views. We are passing on information to parent carers about other organisations, events and activities that are available locally and nationally. 


Witherslack Group webinar

SEN: Children and sleep
15th March, 10-11am. Helen Rutherford, a Specialist Sleep Practitioner for the Sleep Charity joins us for a webinar on supporting neurodiverse children with sleep. During this webinar, she will explore the physiology of sleep, common issues with SEN children and tailored strategies to help improve sleep.

Autism Central Hub: online sessions

Beyond Autism:  Lunch and Learn series -  Lunchtime webinars

Overcoming challenges associated with toileting: 22 March
Building sibling interaction: 22 May
Autism and mental health – strategies and support: 28 June
Exploring challenges associated with sleep: 15 July  
To register: 

Carers Collective: Building Resilience & Wellbeing for Carers - 6 week programme.

Are you feeling stressed, exhausted, burnt out or in need of new skills to manage your caring role? You're not alone. Many carers are juggling multiple responsibilities that can become overwhelming and exhausting.
Carers Collective understand the challenges of being a carer and we're here to help. Being honest about what you're dealing with and asking for help is the first step towards taking back control. 
Our Building Resilience & Wellbeing 6-week program can help you manage stress, burnout, and the challenges of being a carer. We'll work with you to empower you to recognize the skills and resources you already have and to discover the small steps which you can take to help you move forward and cope with the day-to-day challenges of being a carer.

Short Breaks from Achieving for Children

We were pleased to welcome Alys and Caroline from Short Breaks to speak recently. Here is their presentaton for those families who were unable to attend. View the presentation here

Kingston Parent Carer Forum: free webinars from Suzy Rowland from the Happy in School Project. 

Emotional based school avoidance – for those out of school/struggling to attend.
Ways to engage the school, support you and your child’s psychology safety: 26 March, 10:30 - 12:30

Free online course for carers on stress management

Introduction to Stress Awareness and Relaxation Techniques as Positive Coping Strategies
The purpose of this online course is to help you to recognise what stress is and to recognise your own symptoms of stress. You will then be introduced to the practice of relaxation techniques that are a valuable tool to help you to manage stress and improve your wellbeing. On this course, you will practice a range of strategies that will help you to deal with these feelings when you need it most. This course is for everyone no matter how high or low your stress levels may be.
Timetable: 1-2:30pm on the following Wednesdays in April, 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th.

Kingston Parent Carers Forum: Have your Say and Play

New meet ups for SEND Parent Carers to join us monthly at the YMCA Hawker Centre, The Pod. This is private session exclusively for SEND children to have fun at the soft play whilst parent carers can offer peer support and hear from the forum.
Starting 11th February, 1:15pm - 3:15pm. It is a drop in session. Email if you have any queries

Express CIC Events:

28 Feb 2024, 10:00 – 12:00 at Express CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton KT6 7EL, UK
Vilma will cover the eligibility criteria and application process for Universal Credit.
To book:
06 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 12:00, at Express CIC, 452 Ewell Rd, Surbiton KT6 7EL, UK
An opportunity to meet with KCIL (Kingston Centre for Independent Living)  and find out more about Personal Budgets. KCIL will present a workshop around all things related to personal budgets - benefits, uses and how to get one. There will also be time for a Q&A session after the presentation.
To book:

Autism Support:

Parent Carer Support Group

Friday 8th March 2024, 9.30 to 11am. Grand Avenue Primary School, Surbiton, KT5 9HU. Coffee, biscuits and general support.
I will bring along some laminators, pouches and Velcro for you to make some visual timetables etc. if you would like to.
If you would like to come along, please register by following this link:
or contact Jane Pidduck (e-mail

Seminars for Families: Managing Anger

If you wish to contact the webinar facilitator below for more information, use the following details: Name: Jane Pidduck.
Email: Telephone: 020 8399 5344. Places are limited, so please only book a place if you are able to attend and let me know ASAP if you know that you can no longer attend, so that I can give that place to someone else.
Managing Anger’ is one of the Autism Seminars for Families which provides information and advice to parents and carers of children and young people with autism. It is a live webinar and will not be recorded.
This will be delivered virtually as a shortened webinar on Mon 25th March, 10am-noon. 
The webinar will help families to:
> discuss why children with autism often have challenges with distressed behaviour and anger
> identify a low arousal approach for support through stressful situations
> explore the cycle of anger and possible support strategies
> examine strategies for managing feelings.
The cost is free as the seminar is delivered as a shortened webinar and will be limited to 30 people on a first come first served basis.
To book a place, please complete the registration form by following this link:

For further training courses, workshops and networking support groups inc sibling support, for families of children with autism aged 7-11 years, please see link:

Free support sessions on transitioning to adult services

Contact  and the Time to Talk Next Steps team are running four free online sessions for parent carers with children who are transitioning to adulthood or adult services – covering topics such as education, social care, health and independent living.
·      Social care/Health - Wednesday 13th March 7pm - 8:30pm
·      Independent living/community - Thursday 18th April 10am - 11:30am

Sunshine Support Webinars live via Zoom

All start at 8pm
Gestalt language processing  19 March
Children who mask and fawn  21 March
Selective Mutism  4 April
How to build resilience and self esteem  23 April
ADHD in children  23 May
Managing different needs in the family 11 July
There is a cost for these. See details below, and to book click on the following link:

Sensory Integration Education

Free courses on understanding sensory processing in children and downloadable Back to School Sensory Survival Kit.

Beyond Fussy Eating programme (online, able to access now)

Refusing known and new foods is a normal stage of a child’s development, often starting between 18 and 30 months of age and with most children growing out of it by 5-years-old. But for some children, feeding becomes a persistent and serious problem which, if ignored, can lead to serious weight loss and nutritional deficiencies. Research shows that children on the autistic spectrum and those with developmental disabilities are much more likely to experience these problems. The new Beyond Fussy Eating programme developed by children’s speech and language therapists at Your Healthcare CIC is now available online and free to use. The programme has been designed for parents and carers dealing with children who are extremely selective eaters and/or who may have little interest in food and eating. The programme will also help health, education and care staff who work with these children.
Beyond Fussy Eating consists of five modules covering: exploring feeding difficulties; mealtime strategies; learning about new foods; planning for changes; and a parent’s perspective (video). It was developed by children’s speech and language therapists at Your Healthcare CIC, whose expertise covers speech, language, communication and swallowing problems. The programme is available to access here


Family Matters and Bright Futures workshops and events

Free for Hounslow and Richmond families.

Renaissance Legal event: RUILS regularly promote webinars from specialist legal firm – Renaissance Legal – working with families of disabled and vulnerable people. Confirmation and instructions on how to access the webinar will come from Renaissance. RUILS would be interested to hear your feedback on this and any of the other Renaissance webinars you do.

Please get in touch with Sue Robson, Bright Futures SEND Transitions Advisor or Tora Sykes, Children’s Services Administrator to join the Bright Futures mailing list or for further information about any of our workshops, parent groups or social activities:
Sue Robson:   
Mencap Planning for the Future and Decisions
Mencap run regular webinars about Planning for the Future – talking about financial arrangements, wills and trusts – and Decision Making. The webinars are delivered by different solicitors all who have experience in this complex area of law. The next few webinars in 2024 are: 29 February and 7, 21, 28 March
Philip Warford from Renaissance is speaking at the 7 March events
They all start at 10.30am and you can find the list of dates here:
Benefits Advice drop-ins with Choice Support
Choice support have benefits advice sessions organised at the ETNA Centre with colleagues from the Job Centre Plus. No need to book, just drop-in. Monday 18 March, 11am to 2pm. ETNA Centre, 13 Rosslyn Rd, Twickenham TW1 2AR
 Choice Support are the organisation commissioned by Richmond and Wandsworth local authorities to support disabled young people into work and at work:
Supported Living Workshop
Wednesday 6 March, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Peter and Paul Centre, Church Road, Teddington
A workshop for parents who have supported living for their young person on their radar in the future. Sue Robson will present about parent commissioned supported living and Karl Burgess will talk about LA arrangements. I am inviting other speakers to share their experience and I hope that will include another parent,  a care provider and a young person
Our first SL workshop in February 2023 was very well received with much and we had so much information to share that we have extended the time for the workshop. We’ll do a couple of hours in the morning, take a short break for a bit of lunch (provided) before continuing into the early afternoon. This will be an informative workshop and we hope you will come ready with your questions and share any relevant experiences.

Supporting Siblings workshop
12th March (Online), 10.30am. How to support siblings of your child with SEND. Gain insight into sibs’ needs, experiences & ideas for giving sibs attention. You can ask any individual Qs about your own situations. You will receive a follow up handout /activity ideas.
RUILS Bright Futures parent groups.
The following are held at Disability Action & Advice Centre (DAAC) 4 Waldegrave Road, Teddington TW11 8HT, unless listed as Zoom. 
Supported Living: 11 March, 18 April, 10 June, 15 July. All at 6-9pm 
Post 16 Maze:  22 March, 13 May, 5 July. All at 10-1230.
Able Young People: 10 May, 22 July. All at 10am-1230pm, on Zoom
The parent groups are drop-ins but for further info, email Sue Robson at RUILS:

Claiming PIP
This is a save the date entry for now. But I can tell you Vilma Espinosa who used to be the benefits advisor at Kids will be doing a workshop for Ruils about claiming PIP. Further details and a booking link to follow.
Thursday 21 March 2024, 10.30am to 12.30pm, at Peter and Paul Centre, Church Road, Teddington

Check in and chat
Family Matters Richmond is running a series of Check in and Chat coffee mornings, held on the third Tuesday of the month at our office next to Teddington library. These sessions are offered as drop-ins and you can visit us anytime between 10am and 12pm. Next session 19 March. They are an opportunity for you to meet our Family Matters Richmond Advisors, Martha and Surabhi, and get to know other parents who may share similar experiences around the SEND landscape. Please note that we are unable to conduct in-depth one to ones during these sessions. In order to guide us on likely numbers (and supply enough biscuits!) please register your interest for the first or subsequent sessions here:

Richmond Carers: CV and Careers Clinic

Opportunity to meet one-on-one with an experienced careers advisor. You will have the chance to build your CV, explore employment options and discuss new career directions. Each appointment will last for 45mins. Appointment times: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Tue 27th February. Venue: Twickenham Green

Moving and Handling Workshop 

Delivered by an Occupational Therapist from NRS Healthcare. It will cover information around manual handling, risk assessments and principles of safer manual handling. You Learn how to safely assist your loved one & will receive a certificate of attendance.
Tue 12th March, 10am-12.30pm. Venue: Twickenham Green 
For further info about the Richmond Carers clinics and workshops:

Other parent online workshops and events from Contact: 

SOS!SEN Walk in Advice Centre

Hampton Inspired Hub (next to Hampton Station), 3 Ashley Rd.
Dates (Tuesdays): 19th March, 16th April, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July. 10.15am to 12.15pm (doors close at 11.45am).
SOS!SEN is a national charity that aims to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEND to successfully tackle the difficulties they face when trying to secure the right educational provision for their children. Free walk-in advice centres during school term times where you can come and talk to an experienced volunteer who can help answer questions about your case.

Kingston Families: Occupational Therapy advice line

A telephone advice line, open to parents, carers and SENCOs.  The phone line will be open every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. People can call for help, advice, and support about a child's functional activities. Helpline phone number: 020 8547 4709.