Our monthly carers support group is a great chance to meet other parents and carers facing similar challenges, swap ideas, and find out about support and activities in the local area. Anyone caring for a child or adult with autism is very welcome to attend any of the meetings for a chat and a cuppa, no need to book.
Please note we are now in a new venue, at the Orchard Park Community Centre
The group runs at 7.30-9.00pm on the first Tuesday each month at the Orchard Park Community Centre, Central Avenue, Orchard Park, Cambridge CB4 2EZ. Upcoming dates for the group are:
The Cavendish School is Cambridgeshire’s new special free school for young people with autism, scheduled to open in September 2021.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Cavendish School, and would like to attend a socially distanced group visit at one of the following times, please email jbickley@TMET.org.uk to book your place:
The NAS have produced a guide for parents to help you prepare your child for the transition back to school, following the easing of some of the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown measures. There will be a lot of changes for them to manage and the guide helps you talk to them about what to expect and ways to help reduce anxiety.
The SEND Information Advice Support Service (SENDIASS) is expanding its service in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. This service is available to provide support to parents/carers of young people with special education needs and disabilities. This support is currently available via telephone or Skype drop ins.
Caring Together, a charity supporting carers, are offering a free online course for parents and carers of children with autism – the Hope programme.
The Hope Programme is a six-week online group peer-support course based on positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy originally developed by Coventry University. It covers topics such as mindfulness, goal setting, anxiety, fatigue and stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and working with health care teams.
Fathima Kodakkadan at Anglia Ruskin University is carrying out a study comparing the factors influencing the stress and resilience among the British Indian parents of children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
If you are interested in taking part there is more information and contact details here. There is a chance for you to WIN £50 for participating in this survey.
Is lockdown having a negative effect on your child? Or are you a young person struggling with high levels of anxiety and mental distress during lockdown?
Not sure how to access help? Two local sources of support are:
CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service is for children & young people experiencing poor mental health. They are currently offering a phoneline service to replace their drop-ins.
KeepYourHead is Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Children & Young People’s mental health services site. It includes lots of information about mental health, things you can do to help yourself, and where to go to for more support.
IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) have online webinars available on a range of topics in Special Education Needs & Disability law, including Education, Health & Care plans, school exclusions, school/college transport and tribunals. These cost £9 each and include presentation slides to download and keep.