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Free ASD and Me workshop for 13-16 year olds

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: info@communicationcambridge.co.uk

ASD and Me poster 2019

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
E: jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk
W: https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/event-archive/free-pip-information-session/

Safe Soulmate

Safe Soulmate aims to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who live in Cambridgeshire, to find and nurture friendships and loving relationships with likeminded individuals in a SAFE way. We will work closely with Dhiverse, which provides excellent workshops to help people develop skills to build and maintain healthy friendships and relationships.

We will match people with learning disabilities and autism to likeminded and suitable adults, based on interests, and personality amongst other things. We are NOT an online site which is very risky, rather we visit individuals in their home, carry out a risk assessment, and ask for two references. There are two paid members of staff and we plan to recruit volunteers to act as chaperones and help at social events.

We are also a friendship agency, because we are aware that many people are simply desperately lonely for friendship. Most social events will be held in pubs and other venues alongside mainstream community to encourage social inclusivity. We are also planning to organise club nights for members.

The next large social event is late April/beginning of May, more details will be available on facebook, twitter and Instagram @safesoulmate or on the website: www.safesoulmate.org.uk

IPSEA EHC Plan Masterclass for Parents and Carers

7 February 2019
Tees Law, Titan House, Castle Park, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AY
9.45am to 3.15pm
Cost £65

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

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

Stepping Stones (up to 12yrs)

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

SEN Holiday Play Mornings (4 – 10yrs)

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
E: Lorraine.simon@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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