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.

Cambridge NAS volunteers will also be at the session (as usual) to support, as well as one of the NAS Support Officers for Adults.

Hoffmann Foundation Art Competition: 6 weeks to closing date

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Prize Competition and Exhibition for 2018/19 will take place at Bruce Castle Museum and Gallery, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Thursday 28th February 2019.

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has been providing an art service for adults with asc since 1991 and since 1994 there have been 45 one person and mixed exhibitions in London and elsewhere; we have provided a painting and drawing prize competition since 2009.

First Prize £500.00

Second Prize £350.00

Third Prize £150.00

Provided by the Shirley Foundation

The PJR Creative Building Prize

First Prize £250.00

Second Prize £150.00

Third Prize £100.00

Provided by PJR Creative Building

The Lillie Portrait Prize


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We have been very lucky in our supporters and in particular the generosity of the Shirley Foundation who have been providing cash prizes ever since we began. Special mention must also be made of PJR Creative Building’s who have contributed an inspired prize this year – Buildings of the Future, intended to stimulate the structural imagination of our artists. The portrait prize is also new this year and probably presents the biggest challenge of all.

All entrants are eligible for the main prize but artists should indicate on their entry form if they also intend their work to be entered for either of the prizes designated as ‘The Buildings of the Future’ or ‘The Portrait Prize’. From September artists should be able to download info & entry forms from our web-site and they can mail me for Competition Entry Forms, Rules of the Competition, How to get there etc.

The Prize Giving and the Private View will be held in February 2019 at a date to be arranged. It’s also hoped to show films about autism throughout, or at least about autistic themes, autistic central characters, autistic dilemmas and so on which I’m sure some will welcome as light relief. I will also try to find informed speakers, at least for the Private View, and persuade dignitaries to open the proceedings.

Submissions must be in by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Please send or take your work to: The Exhibition Coordinator, 2 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7EX

Phone 020 8881 8638



for an application form and Info Pack or general enquiries. You can also visit the Day Service between 15.00-16.00 weekdays to pick up forms etc.

Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Limited. Registered in England and Wales No.2169783
Registered Charity Number 298166 Registered Office at 4 Gordon Avenue, Stanmore HA7 3QD

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.
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 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

Autism Learning Days in Ely for parents and autistic adults

The ‘Curly Hair Project’ is organising some Autism Learning Days that will be running across the UK, one of which will be in Ely.

Alis Rowe is the founder of Curly Hair Project and her aim is to bridge the communication gap between those on the spectrum and their neurotypical loved ones. She has won many awards for her amazing work and her work covers a range from books to blogs to award winning animations.

The content of the days are written by Alis and delivered by a parent of an autistic child, providing real lived experience.
The Learning days in Ely will be January, April and July 2019.
Printable flyer Ely_girlwithcurlyhair_autism_days_2019

Places need to be booked and cost depends on how many sessions you attend (price for one session is about £13)

Cambridge NAS Branch phone helpline is now working

The Cambridge NAS Branch phone helpline is now working again. we are sorry for the break in service.
Our new phone has the same number so please get in touch on
07920 150407 to contact the Cambridge branch and for information about our activities and other local support available. Please leave a message and one of our volunteers will ring you back.

Family Dog Service Workshops in September

The Family Dog service is part of the assistance dog charity ‘Dogs for Good’. This service is for parents and carers who have a child with autism between the ages of 3 and 16, who are either looking at getting a dog or who want to train their own pet dog to help their child. The service consists of 3 workshops followed by unlimited email and phone aftercare.

The Family Dog service are planning on running these workshops at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club starting in September

Printable flyer Family Dog workshops in Ipswich

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.

Chris Packham’s UK Bioblitz 2018 is coming to Wicken Fen 21/22 July

For ten days Chris and his team of experts will be visiting 50 wildlife sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat.
The Bioblitz campaign has a scientific purpose. The results of this 2018 audit will be recorded to create a benchmark; this will help measure the rise and fall in numbers of different species in the future.
The timetable for Wicken Fen events can be downloaded here downloadable bioblitz timetable
The Cambridge Branch of the NAS will be here on Sunday 22 July from 12.30.
Webpage for Bioblitz Uk is here: