Category Archives: Adults

Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are holding a consultation on their draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2024, which outlines the priority areas and how local councils, the NHS and community organisations would like to work together to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities that exist across the area.

If you would like to give your views on the strategy, use the link below to the online survey. There is an easy-read version of the survey available as well.

https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/health-and-wellbeing-strategy-consultation

Mental Health support during COVID-19 outbreak

Are you or your child feeling anxious about Covid-19 or struggling with all the changes to your usual routine?

We’ve found a few helpful websites with suggestions to reduce anxiety and support your mental health through the next few months:

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – advice from MIND the mental health charity

Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak – from Rethink Mental Illness

How to help an autistic child during the coronavirus outbreak – advice from the Priory

Uncertainty, anxiety and the Coronavirus pandemic – Ambitious about Autism

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival runs from 09-22 March 2020.

Bookings for all pre-book events open on Monday 10 February.  When booking for events, you can state if you would like, for example, early entry for a public lecture, seating near the exit etc.

The Festival web address is: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/

With hundreds of free events over two weeks on everything from Astronomy to Zoology, the 2020 Cambridge Science Festival welcomes adults, teenagers and families to explore science with researchers from across Cambridge. Join us for talks, hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions and films exploring the theme of ‘vision’; the Festival has something for everyone!

The festival has some events on the latest research into the autism spectrum, please see a list with links below:

• Genetics research in autism: ethical perspectives (Friday 13 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/genetics-research-autism-ethical-perspectives

• Autism research in Cambridge (Sat 14 & Sun 15 March) https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/autism-research-cambridge

There is also the opportunity for adults and children who have an autism spectrum condition and their families to explore Cambridge science in a quieter and less-crowded space at:

• Hands-on at the Guildhall: autism-friendly hour (Sun 15 March), bookable from Monday 10 February https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/hands-guildhall-autism-friendly-hour

NAS New Year Tea Party



Come and join us for ‘New Year’ Afternoon Tea and Cake

Friday 10th January 2020, 2-5pm at The Exchange Tea Parlour, 1 Market Place, March PE15 9JF



Please confirm if you would like to come by 18th December – let us know at the Drop Ins or email our Branch;  nascambridge@nas.org.uk 

This will be a free event.   Let us know if you will need help to get there.

Google map for The Exchange Tea Parlour: https://goo.gl/maps/YnwCBiG8LQBPMZL26

Happy Christmas!

Terri   Alan   Anna

Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting

January 8th 2020, 8.00-9.00pm

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre (Garden Room), Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF.

You are warmly invited to our AGM Meeting. This is an open Meeting for anyone to attend.

We will report on Branch Activities for the past year and our proposed activities for the coming year.

We will vote on our nominations for Branch Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits will be freely available.

ABC Project Drop-in Session on Relationships, Sex and Disability

The ABC team from Dhiverse are holding a drop-in session during Sexual Health Awareness Week 2019.

Date:  Wednesday 18th September 10am -1pm

At:  the Community Escape room at the Grafton Centre

You can join them for a chat and light refreshments to find out what they do and how they make information around relationships and sex accessible to people with learning difficulties and autism. The theme for the drop-in is Relationships, Sex and Disability which is the topic for this year’s Sexual Health week.

For more information please contact Rosie Childs on 01223 508805 or email rosie.childs@dhiverse.org.uk

Cambridge NAS Garden(ing) Party for families and adults

Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre,Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge,CB21 5EF

2-4pm, Saturday 31 August

The Cambridge NAS invites you to a garden-themed afternoon of activities (for children and adults) at the Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre.
Drinks and snacks will be available.

Indoor Activities to include

  • Lego
  • Brio train-track + trains
  • Dressing up
  • Board games

Outdoor Activities to include

  • Funky grass-heads to make and take home
  • Pot up a mini patio container with bedding plants to take home
  • Paints and glue to make collages etc
  • Garden bowls

Refreshments
Tea and coffee, biscuits, cakes, and fruit

Parking is available.
Bus timetable here

The PDA Experience EAST ANGLIA –

A chance to hear from Harry Thompson (and friends) in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia!

About this Event

Date: August 3rd

By courtesy of Westwood Primary School, Harry Thompson and a few other stalwart PDA activists, The PDA Experience. is coming to March, Cambridgeshire!

Join Harry Thompson for a morning with him and fellow ‘experts by experience’, Danielle Jata-Hall, Steph Curtis and Isaac Russell, for talks and conversations on the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance – a behaviour profile within the autism spectrum. Never an easy topic, but expect an enlightening and honest account of life with Pathological Demand Avoidance.

The day will be kicked off by fellow PDA parent bloggers (BritMums 2018 award finalists), Steph Curtis and Danielle Jata-Hall, who will be supporting and sharing their experiences in raising PDA children.

The very eloquent author and speaker (and adult living with PDA), Harry Thompson, will then deliver a talk in which he will offer unique, descriptive insights into PDA from a first person perspective. This will be followed by a Q & A session where you will have the opportunity to ask Harry whatever you want.

And finally, Isaac Russell (also an adult living with PDA) will share his honest and profound insights into PDA and how this puzzling condition affects him.

There will be opportunities to network after the event.

Doors open at 13.45 for a 14.00 start. The programme will finish at around17.00, with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and chat with the speakers afterwards.

We do hope you are able to make this wonderful opportunity to engage with some of the people who are most able to explain how life works – and doesn’t – with Pathological Demand Avoidance.

*If you are a parent hoping to attend, and you are planning on bringing your child, please note that our cut-off age for under 18s is 13 years old. Thank you.*

Tickets from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-pda-experience-east-anglia-tickets-62999634603

 

NAS organised workshop AUTISTIC GIRLS: OWNING YOUR AWESOMENESS

Free interactive session for girls and young women (age 11-18) and their parents.

26 June, 18.00-20.00 at The Meadows Community Centre

Session Outline: This interactive session will be in two parts. For the first 30 minutes, parents can attend Sarah-Jane’s sesion. For the remaining 90 minutes, parents are invited to another room for tea and biscuits and NAS Cambridge Committee members will be on hand for advice, support and signposting. The girls and young women will continue the session with Sarah-Jane.

In this interactive session for autistic girls aged 11-18 (and their parents) you will learn:

What is autism and what does it look like in girls?
What are your strengths and how to own them?
Diagnosis – why it is so difficult
What we know and what we don’t know from research
Girls and Pathologic Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Friendships and bullying
Experiences of autistic girls and women – what are the issues?
Gender, sexuality and vulnerability
Autism and eating disorders
Strength, determination, focus and hope – the legacy of autistic women

About Sarah-Jane Critchley: Sarah-Jane is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live happier lives of their own choosing. She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More.

TICKETS at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autistic-girls-owning-your-awesomeness-tickets-61798589244

Celebrate World Autism Day with CLASS

On Tuesday 2nd April, the Cambridge Lifespan Autism Spectrum Service (CLASS) will be launching the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre Library for service users and health and social care staff.
Come along to the opening ceremony at 11am with Colette Turner, CPFT associate director of operations.
The library aims to improve experience of the autism pathway, with information and resources for service users, families and carers. The CLASS team is raising awareness and helping CPFT staff gain skills to ensure people in the autism community are understood when they access all Trust services.
The library launch is the result of months of planning and the hard work of Sue Hart, a volunteer at CPFT.
Please contact:
ClassClinic@cpft.nhs.uk
for further information or drop in on the day to browse and enjoy some refreshments.