School Readiness for children with additional needs

Fridays at Waterbeach Children’s Centre
4, 11, 18 and 25 August between 10am – 1pm

A four week course for children with diagnosed or undiagnosed additional needs who will be starting school in September 2017.
This course is for parents/carers and their child. It is free of charge and will focus on sharing tools that can support your child to be school ready. Booking is required

T: 01223 472791

Government Consultation on Diagnosis waiting times for Adults and Children.

In 2015, the NAS launched its Autism Diagnosis Crisis campaign, calling for action on diagnosis waiting times. That led to the Department of Health agreeing diagnosis waiting times as one of its data priorities. Now, NHS Digital is consulting on one of the changes that will make measuring waiting times a possibility.
The change would mean that services would record someone who has been referred to them for an assessment but hasn’t had a diagnosis yet. This would be for children and adults.
Please help by completing the survey for the consultation. You don’t need to get into the technical detail (this is quite a technical proposal), but your personal experiences and why you think measuring diagnosis waiting times is important will be very useful.
To fill in the survey please follow this link:
and scroll to the bottom of the page.


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)

Relaxed Proms at Royal Albert Hall

We are very excited to announce the world’s first Relaxed Prom!
As part of the BBC Proms we are holding our first ever Relaxed Prom on Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.
In this live concert the full forces of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring you popular classics and music from TV and film for all the family to enjoy. Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the Relaxed Prom is an interactive and fun experience of music in a welcoming environment. All tickets are just £6, plus booking fee.
The Prom will be on wider public sale on 12 May,
How to book
Follow this link

Cambridge NAS Gardening Club

The National Garden Scheme has awarded a grant for a Gardening club to the Cambridge NAS. The Gardening Club will be in the garden at the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre in Fulbourne. We will use the grant money for a new Greenhouse and to help people get to the Austism Centre (by paying for bus fares etc.). The aim of the Club is to provide a relaxing opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and grow some veg.
Anyone interested in joining the Gardening Club can email us at:

New school announced for Young People with ASC in Cambridgeshire

Interested parents can find out more at or contact

The Department for Education today announced that The Cavendish School is one of eight new free schools that have been approved to open in Cambridgeshire. The new special school, which is being set up by the Morris Education Trust, is due to open on the site at Impington Village College in 2019. Continue reading

Applications open for music project funding from The Dosoco Foundation.

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 fifth 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 these four areas: Continue reading

The Transition Event East 2017

November 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG
Free for parents, carers and students (limited number of tickets)

The Transition Event is a conference and exhibition developed to debate and discuss the future for young adults with additional needs. Moving into adulthood can be a time of great hope and excitement, but it is also frequently met with uncertainty. The Transition Event aims to help answer your questions, offer you access to experts and give you information to take away. We want to help you to support young people.

Whether you want to know about how the transition to Education, Health and Care Plans is working, how to navigate adult services or more information on employment, housing or education options, The Transition Event has the experts with the knowledge to share.

The full conference programme also has three interactive workshops to help you delve into subjects. As well as the learning opportunities of the conference, there is a packed exhibition of organisations offering local and national services. These exhibitors are selected to enhance your day and help you to find suitable products and services to meet your specific requirements.

The Transition Event is for parents, carers and practitioners and aims meet the needs of young people and those who support them.

The organizer of this event is ‘My Family, Our Needs’, contacy details:
Phone: 01223 206953

Book tickets: