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Skylarks is OPEN! We continue to operate in a Covid safe manner on Tuesday afternoons and attendance is strictly bookings only. We will not be offering Friday morning sessions for the time being. Online services will continue to be available.

Courses and Support for Parent Carers

February 9, 2021


Appeer supports Autistic and Neurodiverse Girls and their Parent/Carers

Courses for Richmond parents from Achieving for Children:

1-2-3 Magic for parents and carers of children aged 2-12 years with a diagnosis of ASD or who are on pathway to diagnosis or who display challenging behaviour.
Cygnet for parents and carers of children aged 8-16 years with a diagnosis of ASD.
To express an interest in attending and be put on the waiting list, please contact:
Early Bird for parents and carers of children pre school age with social and communication difficulties
Early Bird Plus for parents and carers of children aged 4-9 years with a diagnosis of ASD. 
These groups are coordinated by Beth Hitchens and parents and carers would need to contact Beth on 0208 547 6698 or

NVR Practitioners Consortium

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) courses

Offered by NVR Practitioners Consortium CIC 

Are you struggling to manage your child/young person’s aggressive, violent, controlling or self-destructive behaviour?

The Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Parenting Programme has helped thousands of families to change their lives. Parents report increased confidence in their parenting, a greater sense of agency and improved relationships within the family. NVR has proved effective with neuro-atypical children/young people, and those with other diagnoses. It has been implemented in a wide range of family situations, including violence, drug/alcohol misuse, verbal abuse, self-harm, oppositional behaviour and eating disorders. NVR can be used with children from around 5 years old, right up to adulthood. 


Free training for parents/carers on how to raise resilient children.  Aimed at parents of children aged 9 and above.  Not SEND specific but easily adaptable.
Six sessions of one hour each
Watch live on
Mondays from 10.30 – 11.30am starting 22nd February

Also available to watch afterwards

Richmond Borough Mind - Carers in Mind project

Richmond Borough Mind has started supporting parent/guardian carers whose children/teens are struggling with their mental health. 
They are offering one to one support and guidance to parents, by phone or video call, or in some cases face to face. This service is for families with a connection to Richmond (who live, work, study or have a GP in Richmond).

They are offering 3 workshops aimed at parent carers whose children are struggling with their mental health. These workshops are open to parents from any borough although some of the information may be more relevant to Richmond families. 
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Richmond Carers Centre
Know Your Rights – understanding the Care Act and carer’s rights with Jill Pay
This workshop will explore the law and how it is designed to protect carers. Jill Pay will provide you with an overview of your rights and entitlements as a carer as well as a better understanding of the Care Act.
Friday 12th February 11am

Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit – Oliver Mawdsley (Carers Allowance Unit)
Oliver Mawdsley from the Department of Work and Pensions will provide information on Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Credit entitlement conditions as well as how carers can apply, report changes of circumstances and be signposted to other DWP benefits and services.
Wednesday 24th February 11am

To book your place on any of our workshops call Richmond Carers Centre on 020 8867 2380 or email


I am carrying out a research project on COVID-19 and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for my psychology degree at the University of Salford. The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which a changed school environment has affected children with ASD. I am looking for a sample of 80 parents and carers, living in England, who have a child aged 5-15 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to complete questionnaires. For further information or if you are interested in taking part, please click the link below or email me ( Thank you.

Mobilise Moments 

Mobilise Moments the UK's first free, daily carers' survey. It takes just a few minutes, and allows you to explore how you and other unpaid carers are experiencing life. 

Too little is understood about the lives of people looking after someone. By contributing, we’ll be lifting the lid on our collective experience and making a difference.

Insights gathered from Mobilise Moments, will be shared (anonymously) with local and central government, political parties, the NHS and other carer support organisations. An incredible opportunity to feed in real-time data about carers' lives.

Find out more and sign up here:

Anna Kennedy Online are holding a FREE Transitioning into Adulthood workshop on Thursday 18th February. 
Join Anna Kennedy and Anna Selby Wells from Home From Home Care talking about transitioning into adulthood which starts at 7:30 pm. 
Please reserve your place in advance: 

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New monthly online meet-ups are held on different days and we have some evening and daytime ones. Designed to offer peer to peer support, there are Meet-ups for parents of primary and secondary age children and also a session specifically for dads. 

if you are interested in attending the Virtual Meet ups, please could you contact:

Event details can be found here:


Post diagnosis workshops

We will be running our post-diagnosis workshops online for parents of children and teenagers recently diagnosed with ADHD. 
The next workshops start February 17th, March 17th and April 14th. 

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21&CO for children with DOWN SYNDROME

How to Choose the Right Primary Setting for your Child with Down’s Syndrome

Live Webinar on Zoom taking place on Tuesday 2nd March  10.00 to 12.30
Choosing the right primary school for your child is one of the most exciting and important decisions you face as a parent. Having a child with Down’s syndrome means there are lots of things to consider. On Tuesday 2nd March at 10am, 21&Co will be hosting a webinar on How to Choose the Right Primary School Setting for your Child with Down’s Syndrome.  Guest speaker Educational Psychologist Dr Jemma Levy will look at the various factors to consider when assessing your child’s needs, what to look out for when visiting schools as well as the different school placement options. Parents Marie-Claire Lakin, Louise Beattie and Tatty Bowman will share their personal experiences with their children at Mainstream, Mainstream + Unit and Special School in the primary years respectively. The event is hosted on Zoom and there will be a break as well as time for Q+A.

Tickets £5 available from Eventbrite
Down Syndrome Training and Support Service is offering a webinar entitled ‘The inclusion of children with Down syndrome - expectations of behaviour’.

This course usually runs over one full day. It has been divided into 4 one hour sessions running Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 11am, 24th, 25th Feb and 3rd, 4th March 2021

By considering the learning profile of a child with Down syndrome and looking at areas of need this course will aim to address areas where difficult behaviours may develop. It will look at expectations, appropriate behaviour, including self help skills and go on to outline positive strategies to focus on wanted behaviour.
COST: £40 per professional/£20 per family member.

Book here: 


Express CIC

Express CIC is a not-for-profit community organisation supporting young people
with autism and their families.  It is based in Surbiton but anyone is welcome to
use their services.

Express CIC have groups for mums, dads, siblings and girls.

Express CIC has a support group for parents of children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). 
Does your child have Pathological Demand Avoidance or do you think they may have?
Zoom meet-up on
Monday 15th February 12.30-14.00pm. 
Please email for Zoom registration details.

SEN Talk Wandsworth

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