Category Archives: Adults

NAS Peterborough Monthly Drop-in and Social Group

Come and join us at the Asda Community Room for NEW Social Befriending group for adults with autism and their families and carers
The NAS are coming to Peterborough with a new social befriending group for autistic adults and anybody you wish to bring along for support. The sessions will provide information and advice for you as well as a place for you to meet, socialise and exchange ideas.
The sessions are free, bookings are not required. Please come along and share your experiences, interests and concerns.
The first half of the sessions will follow a format of friendly conversation and an overview of NAS services. During the second half, we will be available to organise, manage and play various board games, which you are welcome to join in with or just relax in our company.
There will be time at the end of each session for any support needed from the NAS Peterborough. We will show you the site and help you feel welcome. Refreshments provided. The room and toilets are situated on the first floor next to the cafe with stair and lift access to the room. (The dates below are all Fridays)
DATES FOR 2018: 7th Dec
DATES FOR 2019: 4th Jan, 1st Feb, 1st March, 5th April,
3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Asda Community Room, Asda Superstore West Rivergate Shopping Centre Peterborough PE1 1ET

Car parking is available on site with car parking passes which are provided in the room. The Asda community room is in the centre of Peterborough, 10 minute walk from Peterborough train station, with many buses available from Queensgate bus station to Asda superstore. It is sited on Viersen Platz just off Bourges Boulevard northbound (A15) in Peterborough city centre.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT NAS PETERBOROUGH BRANCH ON EMAIL: Peterborough@nas.org.uk WEB: naspeterborough.webeden.co.uk

Printable flyer: Peterborough Branch Poster(1)

NEW Social Events Group for adults with autism and their families and carers

NAS Peterborough and NAS Cambridge are organizing a series of social events.
for autistic adults and anybody you wish to bring along for support. The Social Events Group will provide information and advice for you as well as a place for you to meet, socialise and exchange ideas. These Social Events Group meetings will be organised by NAS Peterborough and NAS Cambridge Branches
The Social Events Group requires bookings and there is a charge for each activity paid by the individual members, more details can be provided or obtained from our website. Please come along and share your experiences, interests and concerns.
The Social Events Group will follow a format of friendly conversation and an overview of NAS services. The activities organised will be different every month. They will include visiting a local cinema, going out for a meal, playing sports or managing and playing various board games, we are open to new suggestions for the Social Events Group so we can improve the group and do activities that autistic people would want to come to which you are welcome to join in with or just relax in our company.
There will be time at the end of the Social Events Group for any support needed from the NAS Peterborough and NAS Cambridge Branches. We will show you the site when the activity is taking place and help you feel welcome.

DATES FOR 2018: Friday 25th Jan, Friday 22nd Feb, Friday 29th March, Friday 26th April, Friday 31st May, Friday 28th June
Time: 11:00-16:00

When future Social Events Group Venue, Activities and location in Cambridgeshire are realized they will be available on our website for more information please contact us.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT NAS PETERBOROUGH & NAS CAMBRIDGE BRANCHES:

EMAIL: peterborough@nas.org.uk WEB: naspeterborough.webeden.co.uk
EMAIL: NASCambridge@nas.org.uk

Printable flyer Social Events Group Poster dates 2019

Here:Now (11 – 19yrs (25yrs SEND)

Thursdays 4pm to 8pm
Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE29 7AF

A safe, friendly, confidential space for young people.
Are you a young person aged 11-19 (25 with additional needs) who is struggling with mental health and wellbeing?

Drop-in for advice and information about our groups and sessional support. We offer pet-assisted therapy, youth worker support, advice about sexual health, employment and education, housing, benefits and foodbank vouchers.

Promoting positive mental health and resilience in young people
T: 01480 372700

NAS Adult Social Events to see Tim Peakes’s Spacecraft

Friday 26th October 2018 11:00-16:00
Peterborough Cathedral & Pizza Expresses Peterborough

Activities:
The meeting place for the Adult Social Events Group will be Peterborough Cathedral Gate way just off cathedral square postcode PE1 1XS at 11:00
Tim peake’s spacecraft free of charge unless members wanting to see Space Descent VR with Tim Peake’s will have to book in Advance please book between 11:00-12:30, the price is £5.00 per person.
MORE DETAILS

Meal Pizza Expresses Peterborough
The table will be book for 12:30. The cost of the meal is £13.95 for a set 3 course meal click here to see menu or starter/main course for £10.95 click here to see menu. The full menu is also available. Drinks are not included in this price for more menu information follow the link to Pizza Expresses
A walk around Peterborough Cathedral free of charge there may be time for a drink after our walk. For further information or to book a place, please contact NAS Peterborough

EMAIL: peterborough@nas.org.uk
WEB: naspeterborough.webeden.co.uk

Social Skills in Autistic Teenagers (SSAT) study

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are looking for adolescents aged 13-19 with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents to take part in a study of social skills.

The study involves completing questionnaires and having a video-recorded interaction with a researcher. The study will take around two hours to complete, and can take place at your home or at UCL.

There is no payment for taking part, but reasonable travel expenses (£10 per adult, £5 per child) will be reimbursed. The researchers (Ben or Aaron) would be able to come to Cambridge to carry out interviews.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Hannon at b.hannon.17@ucl.ac.uk or 07711227277.

This study has been approved by the UCL/UCLH Joint Research Office, Great Ormond Street Hospital Trust, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.

Printable flyer Social Skills in Autistic Teenagers (SSAT) study

Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting 2019

January 9th, 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.

Links with Huntingdon Jobcentre – Disability Employment Adviser to attend Maple Centre on 10th October, 1 pm – 2 pm.

The Disability Employment Adviser from Huntingdon Job Centre will be at our October Drop In session (Huntingdon) for an hour. He wants to listen to concerns and the difficulties people have experienced when attending their job centres, trying to access help, make claims, attend interviews, etc. He will be able to offer general advice and explain what help is available at, or via, Job Centres. Come and find out what help is available and how to access it.

The Drop In session is from 12 noon to 2 pm each month, so come and find out what we do anyway. https://www.nascambridge.org.uk/adults/huntingdon-drop-in-sessions-for-adults/

Cambridge NAS volunteers will also be at the session (as usual) to support, as well as one of the NAS Support Officers for Adults.

Hoffmann Foundation Art Competition: 6 weeks to closing date

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Prize Competition and Exhibition for 2018/19 will take place at Bruce Castle Museum and Gallery, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Thursday 28th February 2019.

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has been providing an art service for adults with asc since 1991 and since 1994 there have been 45 one person and mixed exhibitions in London and elsewhere; we have provided a painting and drawing prize competition since 2009.

First Prize £500.00

Second Prize £350.00

Third Prize £150.00

Provided by the Shirley Foundation

The PJR Creative Building Prize

First Prize £250.00

Second Prize £150.00

Third Prize £100.00

Provided by PJR Creative Building

The Lillie Portrait Prize

£200.00

Anonymous Donor

We have been very lucky in our supporters and in particular the generosity of the Shirley Foundation who have been providing cash prizes ever since we began. Special mention must also be made of PJR Creative Building’s who have contributed an inspired prize this year – Buildings of the Future, intended to stimulate the structural imagination of our artists. The portrait prize is also new this year and probably presents the biggest challenge of all.

All entrants are eligible for the main prize but artists should indicate on their entry form if they also intend their work to be entered for either of the prizes designated as ‘The Buildings of the Future’ or ‘The Portrait Prize’. From September artists should be able to download info & entry forms from our web-site and they can mail me atart@hfa.org.uk for Competition Entry Forms, Rules of the Competition, How to get there etc.

The Prize Giving and the Private View will be held in February 2019 at a date to be arranged. It’s also hoped to show films about autism throughout, or at least about autistic themes, autistic central characters, autistic dilemmas and so on which I’m sure some will welcome as light relief. I will also try to find informed speakers, at least for the Private View, and persuade dignitaries to open the proceedings.

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Please send or take your work to: The Exhibition Coordinator, 2 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7EX

Phone 020 8881 8638

or

E-mail: art@hfa.org.uk

for an application form and Info Pack or general enquiries. You can also visit the Day Service between 15.00-16.00 weekdays to pick up forms etc.

Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Limited. Registered in England and Wales No.2169783
Registered Charity Number 298166 Registered Office at 4 Gordon Avenue, Stanmore HA7 3QD

The Dosoco Foundation funding for music projects

Applications open for music project funding
Are you involved in creative music making that makes a positive impact on people’s lives? Are you looking for extra funding to start new projects or extend your work?
If you’re based in Cambridgeshire and you know of a local project that needs support, you are encouraged to apply for a grant from The Dosoco Foundation, which has just opened applications for its sixth round of funding. Organisations, families and individual young people are all urged to take part and applications can be as creative as possible.
Grants are available for up to £1000 for organisations and up to £300 for individuals.
The Foundation can contribute up to 50% towards project costs. The only requirements are for the project to take place in Cambridgeshire and to have the potential to enhance lives though music, particularly in the four key areas of music education, music access, music innovation and music therapy. The Foundation seeks fresh ideas and welcomes applications from those who offer new ways to make music change lives.
Previous funding rounds have seen the Dosoco Foundation provide a total of more than £18,000 to support a broad range of music-related projects. As examples, the Foundation in the past has contributed to funding:
• A community choir in an area of Cambridge that did not have such a facility
• Music therapy for children with special needs, plus support for their families
• Instruments and tuition for young players with autism, cystic fibrosis and other conditions
• Singing workshops at local prisons
• Music therapy for dementia sufferers and their families. Several choirs for people with dementia have also been set up
• Music workshops, instruments or high-tech recording equipment for youth organisations, people with learning difficulties, or people with mental health or well being issues

Dosoco is a Community Interest Company set up for social good – specifically, to benefit the community through music-related projects that have the power to unlock people’s worlds. This is its sixth round of funding, following significant success with local projects since its inception in 2013.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th October 2018 and awards will be announced by the end of November.
For more information about Dosoco and to apply, please go to www.thedosocofoundation.org and click on grants.

Autism Learning Days in Ely for parents and autistic adults

The ‘Curly Hair Project’ is organising some Autism Learning Days that will be running across the UK, one of which will be in Ely.

Alis Rowe is the founder of Curly Hair Project and her aim is to bridge the communication gap between those on the spectrum and their neurotypical loved ones. She has won many awards for her amazing work and her work covers a range from books to blogs to award winning animations.

The content of the days are written by Alis and delivered by a parent of an autistic child, providing real lived experience.
The Learning days in Ely will be January, April and July 2019.
Printable flyer Ely_girlwithcurlyhair_autism_days_2019

Places need to be booked and cost depends on how many sessions you attend (price for one session is about £13)