Category Archives: Families

Caring Together free online course for parents & carers

Caring Together, a charity supporting carers, are offering a free online course for parents and carers of children with autism – the Hope programme.

The Hope Programme is a six-week online group peer-support course based on positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy originally developed by Coventry University. It covers topics such as mindfulness, goal setting, anxiety, fatigue and stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and working with health care teams.

For more information on the Hope programme and how to book see the Caring Together website

British Indian parents needed for ASC research

Fathima Kodakkadan at Anglia Ruskin University is carrying out a study comparing the factors influencing the stress and resilience among the British Indian parents of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

If you are interested in taking part there is more information and contact details here. There is a chance for you to WIN £50 for participating in this survey.

Mental health support for children & young people

Is lockdown having a negative effect on your child? Or are you a young person struggling with high levels of anxiety and mental distress during lockdown?

Not sure how to access help? Two local sources of support are:

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service is for children & young people experiencing poor mental health. They are currently offering a phoneline service to replace their drop-ins.

KeepYourHead is Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Children & Young People’s mental health services site. It includes lots of information about mental health, things you can do to help yourself, and where to go to for more support.

New Cambridge NAS facebook page

We have a new public facebook page in addition to our existing facebook group. We will be posting useful information, fun things and when lockdown eases, notifications of our groups and activities.

You can like us on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeNAS

If you also choose See first under Following or Follow settings this makes sure facebook will always show you our posts.

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