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.
for further information or drop in on the day to browse and enjoy some refreshments.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act. The National Autistic Society will be marking this anniversary throughout 2019 and campaigning to make sure the Government improves support for autistic children and adults.
You can help by taking our survey and telling us about your experiences of autism services.
Take the Autism Act 2019 Survey
Many thanks for taking part!
DLA To PIP session
Thursday 21 March
The Methodist Church, High Street, Ramsey, Huntingdon PE26 1AE
(car parking available at: Mews Close Car Park, Mews Close, Whytefield Street, Ramsey)
10am to 12noon
Pinpoint and Little Miracles Ramsey are joining up to run a free information session for parents about moving from DLA to PIP benefit. This session will give you a chance to meet other parents and professionals to share knowledge.
Refreshments will be provided.
Meet Anjela Jones, Welfare Benefits Advice Team Manager offering parents free support and assistance with claiming PIP and other connected benefits.
Joseph Simon, NAS Adult Autism Manager will also be available during the session
T: 01480 877333
NAS Cambridge are hosting a half day workshop for 13-16 year olds, run by Communication Cambridge. The aims of this workshop are to:
- Understand the Autism Spectrum
- Understand how Autism affects you
- Understand your strengths
- Find out what helps
- Meet others and share experiences
This workshop is being run by Communication Cambridge on two dates:
Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 10.00am–12.30 or Saturday 6th April 2019 at 1.30–4.00pm
The venue is The Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF
Booking is free via Eventbrite:
Tickets for Saturday 23 March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asd-and-me-tickets-58337509060
Tickets for Saturday 6 March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asd-and-me-tickets-58340275334
To find out more please email Fiona or Sarah: email@example.com
ASD and Me poster 2019
7 February 2019
Tees Law, Titan House, Castle Park, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AY
9.45am to 3.15pm
Aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this one-day training has been developed to guide you through the entire EHC plan process.
From the decision of the local authority to assess, right through to getting the final EHC plan, this training day will help you navigate the system, supporting you to make informed and positive decisions regarding your child’s education and getting the right plan in place.
The training covers the following topics:
- The structure of an EHC plan
- Where information should be within an EHC plan
- The legal status of an EHC plan
- What a good EHC plan should contain
- Q&A with a SEND expert
Full details on website https://www.ipsea.org.uk/Event/cambridge-ehc-plan-masterclass-for-parents-and-carers-01022019
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
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)
Parenting Courses: Because Children don’t come with instructions
Broadleas, St Ives, PE27 5QB
Monday 7 Jan to 25 Feb 2019, 9.30am to 11.30am
A free course suitable for families with a child aged up to 12 years with Special Educational Needs or a disability:
· What is positive behaviour?
· Support your child’s development and help them to feel good about themselves
· Implement parenting routines and cope with stress
T: 01480 375116 to book a place
Bargroves, Youth Hall, Cromwell Road, St Neots PE19 2EY
10am to 12noon
These activities are for children with additional needs or social-interaction difficulties. Siblings are welcome. Professional support from District Early Intervention Family Workers and SEND team. Activities include toys, games, sports and crafts. Come and have a try.
· Christmas: Friday 21 December 2018
· Spring Theme: Wednesday 20 February 2019
· Easter: Wednesday 10 April 2019
· Summer Theme: Wednesday 29 March 2019
For more information contact Lorraine Simon
T: 01480 376297
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
Jenny Palmer is running a free two-week challenge to help parents of children with autism to plan and prepare for the Christmas season.
Together as a group we will work on how to support our children with autism over the Christmas period and how to make it the very special time that it should be.
We will cover helping your child understand what is going to happen over the coming weeks as we build up to Christmas
• How to communicate to school and nursery what your child needs adapted so they cope and enjoy themselves
• Tools to deal with anxiety
• Sensory processing issues and strategies
• What to do on the day and how to adapt
Training will be via email and in a short term pop up Face book group and starts on the 26th November – people can join after that date too
The challenge runs for 2 weeks during which time we will work together each day to plan our greatest Christmas and ensure our children are well supported
Follow this link to join the challenge: