NAS Cambridge offers the following activities for families:
- Parent Support Group – an informal group to meet other parents and carers of children or adults on the autistic spectrum
- Courses and events
- See our resources pages for the branch library and other organisations offering information, support and activities
Latest news for families
- 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.Continue reading →
- 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.Continue reading →
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.
- Bounce! Activity Club for 5-11 year olds
It’s time to make your bookings for the new term of Bounce.
Bounce is a free activity club for children aged between 5-11years. Activities include multi sports, arts and craft and board games. All sessions are run by volunteers from Student Community Action. We get at least one reference for all of our volunteers and get a DBS check on all the leaders and regular volunteers. The volunteers are aged between 18-21 years and are students from Cambridge University. They organise activities and supervise the children during the session, there are no paid staff at these sessions.Continue reading →