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NAS half-term Gardening Party, Sunday 20th October

The Cambridge NAS invites you to a garden-themed afternoon of activities (for children and adults) at the Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre, 2.30-4.00pm.
Drinks and snacks will be available.

Indoor Activities to include: Lego, Brio train-track + trains, Dressing up, Board games, Pom-poms and pipe-cleaners creativity

Outdoor Activities (weather permitting) to include: Funky grass-heads to make and take home, Pot up a mini container with herbs to take home

Tea, coffee and juice, biscuits, cakes, and fruit
Parking is available.

Pinpoint PfA (Preparing for Adulthood) Group

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

To book:
T: 01480 877333

SENDIASS/PPS Road Show 29 November

Thursday 29 November 2018
Cambridge Professional Development Centre (CPDC), Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9JQ
Seminars: 9.45am to 10.45am and 11.15am to 12.15pm (Doors open and welcome at 9:15am)
• Sensory issues and pupils with special educational needs
• Helping your child become more independent
• Where to find the information you need about your child’s education
• How schools support pupils who do not have statements or EHCPs
NB: If your child’s teaching assistant or teacher would like to attend with you they would be very welcome and their place would be FREE.
To book a place please use the link below, the booking facility is half way down the page, or complete and return the attached form.
You can book online.

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.

Cambridge NAS meets Chris Packham

Members of the Cambridge NAS Branch Committee attended the Chris Packhams’s Bioblitz Event at the National Trust Wicken Fen on Sunday 22 July. The Bioblitz is an effort to audit biodiversity in 2018 in order to create a benchmark that will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species in the future. Chris Packham is a broadcaster and naturalist (appearing on BBCs Springwatch). He is autistic and has recently become a patron of the NAS. The Committee members talked to members of the public and also to Chris when he visited the Bioblitz on Sunday afternoon.

If you are interested in Chris Packham’s conservation work you can check out his website:

Picture of Cambridge NAS branch members at Wicken Fen with Chris Packham.

Have your say on new draft guidance on restraint and restrictive intervention of autistic children

Last week, the Departments of Health and Education published new draft guidance on the use of restraint and restrictive interventions on children on the autism spectrum, and those with a learning disability or mental health difficulty.
Link to Network Autism summary

Link to the consultation below


For parents/carers of children with Autism
22 June 2017, 10am-2.30pm
Wood Green Animal Centre, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2NH

About the seminar
“Managing Anger” is one of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Seminars for Families. It is aimed at parents/carers who have a child (with a diagnosis of autism) who is experiencing difficulties with anger, anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.

Aims of the seminar:

  • To get a better understanding of how we react to distressed behaviours and anger.
  • To gain information about using a low arousal approach.
  • To outline practical ideas to help you and your child learn to manage anger, anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.

How to book a place
Families can book one place on the seminar, but if there are spare places nearer to the day, these can be offered to partners, other family members or carers. You will receive a full resource pack of useful information, advice and support guidelines.

Teas & coffees will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Who is running the seminar?
This seminar is delivered jointly by Cambridgeshire SENDIASS (formerly Parent Partnership) and the Cambridge branch of the National Autistic Society, using materials bought from the National Autistic Society. There is no charge to parents/carers.

To book a place, please email the form below to Juliet Greer:, or phone 01223 699213.

Printable flyer: Managing Anger flyer Wood Green – June 2017(1)

Booking Form:Man Anger app form Wood Green – June 2017(1)

Volunteers needed for women and autism Research

I am Zsófia Szlamka, MPhil Candidate of the University of Cambridge, and
am interested in the experience of women living with autism spectrum
disorder. Therefore I am conducting research on what autism means to
women, and their experience of living on the spectrum.
In order to do this, I am conducting interviews with women living with
autism and with staff involved in autism care. Continue reading

Free Training for Personal Assistants

Penderels Trust and Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living are running free training sessions for PAs employed by people with disabilities living in their own homes. This fun and interactive session will give you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge and also give you the chance to share your ideas and experience with other PAs in your areas.

There are eight sessions running this Autumn in different locations across Cambridgeshire. The sessions run from 10am to 3pm with lunch provided. All venues are accessible and most have free car parking. The session is free and reasonable travel expenses covered. This training is funded by Skills for Care.

To find your nearest session and to book a place, please call Tracey between 10am and 2pm on 01284 592418 or email her at

For more information please visit:”
Printable flier: pa-training-in-cambridgeshire-penderels-trust-and-cail