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Updates from other organisations this month (May 2022)

May 19, 2022

-UPDATED MAY 2022 -



NEW INFORMATION ON LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE. PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR PERMANENT INFORMATION SECTION HERE



Carers Wellbeing Event

Wednesday 22nd June, 11am – 3pm


Richmond Carers Centre Carers Wellbeing day is returning to York House in Twickenham

To book your place at the event email support@richmondcarers.org or call the Carers Support Line on 020 8867 2380

Carers Wellbeing Day activities include:

  • Health checks and massages – information and booking will be available soon 
  • Lush will be facilitating a workshop, running a session making bath bombs and and providing a hand and arm massage station
  • Photography exhibition of carers chosen pictures
  • Refreshments and Lunch provided free
  • Richmond Carers Centre will run a raffle on the day and will be providing goodie bags 
  • A photobooth will be available
  • Other activities due to take place include facilitated workshops on essential oils, oral health, wellbeing, and make-up sessions




Knowing where to start to access Public Services is a BIG issue for SEND Parents. That's why we are partnering with Cerebra to offer a FREE workshop so you have the right tools! 

Accessing Public Services Toolkit

Thu, 26 May 2022
10:00 – 12:30 

Register for your FREE tickets at Eventbrite: 




Otakar Kraus Music Trust - Dance Movement Therapy Workshops






OKMT has some spaces in the 4.40pm Dance Movement Therapy workshops on Mondays 23rd May, 20th June and 11th July, with Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Emmelia Georgiou. They are in-person, free-of-charge and will be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable activity for children with additional needs (and their parents/carers), adding another dimension to their musical experiences. 
Workshops will be held at The Crossway, 306 Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2PD at 4.40pm. 

Dance Movement Therapy is based on the principle that movement reflects an individual’s patterns of thinking and feeling. It can be a good way to express how you feel and tell stories using your own movement. Sometimes there will be music involved, but there is more emphasis on movement and what it represents. Support will be given to create movement using actions and gestures.

To book please email Izzy at info@okmtrust.org.uk


MAN&BOY Upcoming Camps

MAN&BOY charity recognises that ALL children, regardless of age or gender can benefit hugely from the positive, on-going involvement of a significant adult male in their lives and research has shown that this involvement has proven benefits. Their current program offers support to boys aged between 8 and 12 (school years 5, 6, 7, 8) as they believe that this transition from junior to secondary school is particularly important in a boy’s life and that a supportive, encouraging male role model can make a huge difference to their self-esteem.

Spring camp dates:
June 10 - 12th
July 8 - 10th

Man&Boy camps support boys who are struggling with an aspect of life, be it at school or at home (eg. transitions, wellbeing/mental health, learning and social communication issues) and would benefit from developing a deeper relationship with a significant man from their family (dad, step-dad, uncle, grandfather etc.) through activities such as camps, courses and other connecting events.

It's Free! 

You can find out more by contacting Paul: Acting Director - 07894 084234 or Mark: Engagement Coordinator - 07421051788 mark.roberts@manandboy.org 

ADHD Embrace

Book your One-to-One advice session 
If you need specialist and confidential support on for your family and your child with ADHD, we are here to help. Our sessions run by Claire, our Family Support Adviser, and include a 60 minute one-to-one providing individualised support. help (available to Richmond & Kingston families only). Claire offers both face to face and online sessions. Book a session here

Webinars

Diet and nutrition and impact on mental and emotional health
Tuesday 24th May 8pm Zoom

Led by Dr Kate Lawrence and Dr Philippa Fibert, St Mary’s University, this seminar will give you insights into how diet and nutrition can play a part in supporting your child and impact on ADHD symptoms. 
The results of a research trial about the effects of a probiotic drink in children with ADHD will be discussed.

Anxiety difficulties and how it can specifically affect your child with ADHD
Tuesday 7th June, 2022 8:00pm Zoom
Led by Dr Jo Steer, this webinar will cover signs and symptoms of anxiety and how parents & carers can support their child or young person. Following the webinar you will: Have an understanding of the common signs of anxiety; Have an understanding of the cognitive behavioural model often used to support those with anxiety; Have an awareness of how anxiety can be common for those with ADHD.

Transition to secondary school – preparing your child with ADHD
Tuesday 21st June, 2022 8:00pm Zoom
Led by our family support worker, Claire Burnell, will cover practical suggestions on what parents can do to prepare their children for secondary school in order to make the transition more successful. This will also cover things to brief their teens to think about to avoid getting into trouble in the new environment.

Lighthouse Project

The Lighthouse Project is a closed youth group for young people with ASD and ADHD taking place at Heatham House Youth Centre every Thursday evening 6:30-8:30pm. The group is for young people aged 11 (year 7+)- 24. Please note that as this is a closed group there is a process to go through before attendance to ensure the group is appropriate and can meet the needs of the young person - please email Meg.

APPEER for autistic girls
Minecraft and Roblox fortnightly Zoom sessions 

For more information visit their website 
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Workshops


To book a place, please email support@richmondcarers.org or call and leave a message on 020 8867 2380.

Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit – Richmond Aid
Sandra Keen, Welfare Benefits Adviser at Richmond AID, will provide information on Carer’s Allowance & 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.
Thursday 26th May, 2-3pm

Lasting Powers of Attorney – Legal talk with M2M Community Solicitors LLP 
This talk covers the formalities needed for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the different considerations through the applications based on different circumstances. Not everyone needs a Lasting Power Attorney and this talk should identify the circumstances when you do need one and if it is appropriate.

Monday 11th July, 11amWills – Legal talk with M2M Community Solicitors LLP
A talk that covers the formalities necessary for a valid Will and what needs to be considered so you do not need to keep re-doing your Will. Many people think that they know everything needed to produce a valid Will, however, there are several issues which are not always considered but will be covered in this talk.



Minecraft Youth Group (Virtual)

Oxygen has a virtual youth group which is conducted via Minecraft and Discord. This provides the opportunity for those aged 10-18 to meet like-minded young people and connect with eachother through gaming. The server can be accessed everyday between 9am - 10pm, and they host Minecraft sessions each Wednesday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm with youth workers online. 

To apply and find out more, click here

Carer’s Allowance & Carer’s Credit – Richmond Aid

Sandra Keen, Welfare Benefits Adviser at Richmond AID, will provide information on Carer’s Allowance & 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.
Thursday 26th May, 2-3pm   Lasting Powers of Attorney – Legal talk with M2M Community Solicitors LLP 
This talk covers the formalities needed for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the different considerations through the applications based on different circumstances. Not everyone needs a Lasting Power Attorney and this talk should identify the circumstances when you do need one and if it is appropriate.
Monday 11th July, 11am   To book a place, please email support@richmondcarers.org or call and leave a message on 020 8867 2380.


South West London Law Centres: free Advice webinars:  

Carers and Benefits webinar: Thursday 19 May at 12pm – click here to register
Domestic Abuse workshop: Wednesday 25 May – click here to register.  https://swllc.org/webinars/ 


SEND Review: Right Support, Right Place, Right Time.  

The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) is calling on the government to use its SEND reform programme to create a more just, fairer system of support for disabled children and families. Read more about it here: https://contact.org.uk/about-contact/news-and-views/tell-your-mp-to-sendabettermessage/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=wn20april22&utm_content=whats+new+20+april+22+A               
There will be a short presentation on the SEND Review Green Paper at the SEND Parent/Carer Consortium Online May 4th at 12 - 13:30. Please email karen.lowry@achievingforchildren.org.uk if you would like to join. You can also attend the official consultations by registering for the event in London at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/send-review-green-paper-london-tickets-306527390677 or for the ONLINE event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/send-review-green-paper-virtual-event-tickets-306752784837 

Achieving for Children - SENDIASS service: 

AfC is seeking the views of parent-carers about commissioning a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Did you know that parent-carers have access to a free, impartial and confidential Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service? A service that is also offered directly to young people aged 16+?
In Kingston and Richmond, this service is provided by ""KIDS"", a national charity which provides a number of these services across the country. 
The current contract is due to expire 31 March 2023, so AfC is consulting to understand what parents and carers and children and young people want the future provision to look like.
As part of this process some consultation has already taken place in Richmond. This was led by Richmond Parent Carer Forum
Achieving for Children are leading on further consultation in Kingston but also welcome comments from Richmond parents who would like to add their views. 
Read more details and find out how to take part here: 

This part of the consultation will close on 6 June.
Thank you for helping to shape the future of this service.



Kingston SEND Parent Consortium

monthly online meeting involving Kingston SEND Parent Carer Forum and Achieving for Children. All parents are wlcome to attend. 

June 7th - 12pm to 1:30pm
July 6th - 12pm to 1:30pm.
You can request an invitation by emailing sendlocaloffer@achievingforchildren.org.uk 




Care to Share with Kingston PCF

We are offering a monthly get together online for anyone to share problems, difficulties and get mutual support. You can register for free at Eventbrite.
The following month May 23rd 11am - 12pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/care-to-share-w-kingston-pcf-tickets-304940965637

If you can’t join this session, please keep an eye on our events page to attend the future sessions or email help@kingstonpcf.co.uk




Girls connect

CAN YOU SPARE AN HOUR OR TWO A WEEK? The Girls Connect group is looking for a Volunteer Administrator for their facebook group. See more information and a role description here

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is offering free tickets to quiet sessions at the Children's Garden once a month. Please click here or more information. In order to book your tickets you will need the Community Access Scheme number for Skylarks, so please email info@skylarks.charity to be sent this number.









RUILS: Family Matters workshops:



To book a free place, please click here  

Models needed

Models needed for a family photoshoot. Dan Clarke, created our wonderful Access to Work film for us at Christmas and is now offering Skylarks families the chance to come to his Hampton studio (cApril /early May) to get some amazing family photos. You'll get a framed print and a couple of images on a mini-app, plus the chance to buy some more. All you need to agree to is that the images can be used in his marketing. Do contact Dan on hello@dkclarkephoto.com 
www.dkclarkephotography.com