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New Cambridge NAS facebook page

We have a new public facebook page in addition to our existing facebook group. We will be posting useful information, fun things and when lockdown eases, notifications of our groups and activities.

You can like us on facebook here:

If you also choose See first under Following or Follow settings this makes sure facebook will always show you our posts.

NAS Cambridge Branch Response to Coronovirus

As advised by NAS head office following Government guidance, we are sorry to have to cancel all of our Branch Activities throughout the rest of March and April.

Please check our website for further information as we get through April, as we will have to follow advice from Government and NAS for activities in May.

Remember our phone and email helpline will continue to run and our Branch Facebook Group will continue.

List of cancelled activities:

March Drop In session for 25th March and 29th April. CANCELLED

Huntingdon Drop In session for April 8th. CANCELLED

Social Club on March 22, April 12, and April 26, 2020. CANCELLED

Parent/Carer Support Group for Monday 6th April. CANCELLED

Free training for parents of young autistic children

How to prepare your autistic child for Christmas

Training kicks off 25th November and lasts for 2 weeks and delivered via a pop up Facebook group and email

Even if you are overwhelmed, stressed and have zero time

So you can be assured that they are getting all the support they need

And you can go back to juggling the other millions of things that you need to do

Designed for extremely busy parents

This training ran last year and had a brilliant response from families

For more details and to sign up visit this link

NAS half-term Gardening Party, Sunday 20th October

The Cambridge NAS invites you to a garden-themed afternoon of activities (for children and adults) at the Chitra-Sethia Autism Centre, 2.30-4.00pm.
Drinks and snacks will be available.

Indoor Activities to include: Lego, Brio train-track + trains, Dressing up, Board games, Pom-poms and pipe-cleaners creativity

Outdoor Activities (weather permitting) to include: Funky grass-heads to make and take home, Pot up a mini container with herbs to take home

Tea, coffee and juice, biscuits, cakes, and fruit
Parking is available.

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

SENDIASS/PPS Road Show 29 November

Thursday 29 November 2018
Cambridge Professional Development Centre (CPDC), Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9JQ
Seminars: 9.45am to 10.45am and 11.15am to 12.15pm (Doors open and welcome at 9:15am)
• Sensory issues and pupils with special educational needs
• Helping your child become more independent
• Where to find the information you need about your child’s education
• How schools support pupils who do not have statements or EHCPs
NB: If your child’s teaching assistant or teacher would like to attend with you they would be very welcome and their place would be FREE.
To book a place please use the link below, the booking facility is half way down the page, or complete and return the attached form.
You can book online.

Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting 2019

January 9th, 8.00-9.00pm

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre (Garden Room), Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF.

You are warmly invited to our AGM Meeting. This is an open Meeting for anyone to attend.

We will report on Branch Activities for the past year and our proposed activities for the coming year.

We will vote on our nominations for Branch Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits will be freely available.

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.

Have your say on new draft guidance on restraint and restrictive intervention of autistic children

Last week, the Departments of Health and Education published new draft guidance on the use of restraint and restrictive interventions on children on the autism spectrum, and those with a learning disability or mental health difficulty.
Link to Network Autism summary

Link to the consultation below