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March Activity Dates

Welcome to the our website!

The team at the Northampton branch of Autism East Midlands warmly welcomes you!

This website is currently under construction and we invite you to visit

www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk to familiarise yourself with what our organisation is dong further a field.

To find out what activities are currently going on in Northamptonshire, please use the link

AEM new child pack and send the completed forms to our administrator [email protected]

For further information on any aspect of the Northamptonshire service, please email our service lead, [email protected]

 

3rd  March   2018  1pm -3.30pm

Cost: £ 10  

If your child is new to us at Autism East Midlands or haven’t been assessed by any of the Autism Concern Activities recently. Please come along and meet with the staff for the ½ hour then leave your child. Fernie Fields Scout & Community Center. Fernie Fields, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7BD.

10th March   2018   10am-1pm

Cost:  £20

Activity day to include  arts craft Inc. clay moulding, Sensory play, board games, outdoor games , small cooking activity (biscuit).  Both of above  events will take place at :  Fernie Fields Scout & Community Center. Fernie Fields, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7BD.

24th March 2018  Time : TBC 

Cost : £15

Activity:  Indoor Play/Trampolining  Venue Address:   Benham Sports Arena, Kings Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 6LL, England

 

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February Half Term Dates 2018

All activites are suitable for all ages and all abilities

Activities

 Sunday 11th Feb  10.00 – 4.00(ish)Traffic dependant   –  Coach /Minibus Pick up and Drop off Northampton  (place TBC)  £25

Trip to The Ridge adventure playground  –  Exclusive hire. Indoor youth club with snooker table,

air hockey, football table and craft areas  and large outdoor adventure playground with slides,

climbing frames, Zip Wire, Sand and water play and  outdoor all  weather  games area.

Tuesday 13th Feb                1.00 – 3.30   £10              

If your child is new to us at  Autism East Midlands  or they haven’t accessed any of the Autism Concern  activities recently, these sessions are designed to give you time to come and meet the staff for the first ½ hour then leave your child with us so we can assess support needs for future events.

 Wednesday 14th  Feb          10.00 – 12.30  £10

 If your child is new to us at  Autism East Midlands  or they haven’t accessed any of the Autism Concern  activities recently, these sessions are designed to give you time to come and meet the staff for the first ½ hour then leave your child with us so we can assess support needs for future events.

Friday   15th  Feb                 10.00 – 3.00   £20                          

Activity day to include  arts craft inc slime making, Sensory play, board games, outdoor games , Nintendo Switch, Ipads etc

These events will take place at

Fernie Fields Scout & Community Centre. Fernie Fields, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7BD

If you have any further questions  regarding these activities please email [email protected] or call  Play Service  on 07793118190

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Autism Concern officially merges with Autism East Midlands

Autism East Midlands will be celebrating its 50th year this year and Northampton based organisation, Autism Concern, is celebrating 25 years both aligned with a mission to improve the lives of those with Autism Spectrum Conditions and their families. Both charities are part of Autism Alliance and recognised the value of each other’s services with a common goal to reach as many people geographically possible within the area.

The charity merger will officially start on the 1st January 2018. The contracts currently held by Autism Concern will be taken over by Autism East Midlands at the end of their current term. Autism Concern will retain its name for Trading Purposes only until this time. The current services are detailed below will still be provided as part of the merger and additional services will be added.

Services include: ADHD Matters, Family Support Services, Support Line, Children & Young People’s service and Training and Awareness.

Families and commissioners have already been contacted and have responded in a positive way with regards to the merger.

Robert Woodford, Chair of Trustees for Autism Concern, comments

Our 25th year became a seminal moment. Not content with letting this charity go backwards, we decided to be proactive. We sought a merger with another charity. We believe that not only will it secure our short-term stability, but more excitingly, a larger organisation will allow us to provide a wider variety of services and greater depth to our offering.

 

Autism East Midlands share the same values we do, and naturally are a good geographic fit. They sit alongside us in the Autism Alliance and have been partnering with us over the past 12 months as we focused on the challenges we faced.

 

Autism East Midlands will help us to continue the tradition we have for excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment our service users, their families and professionals want to be a part of. With a turnover in excess of £13m and a trading surplus, they also offer the financial stability the charity needs and investment opportunity the county can benefit from.

 

For us, the most exciting thing will be that we are able to provide many new services and areas of expertise in the future. This includes a move into adult services, extending and modernising our children’s services offering and improving advice related activity. Whilst we do not know what these will look like right now, we look forward to discussing those in more depth with our members and service users and involving you in the development of these services. However, it should be noted that Autism East Midlands have bent over backwards to work with us. A great sign of their intent. And it must be said a validation of our organisation.

 Jane Howson, Chief Executive of Autism East Midlands, adds

These charities have been providing services in their own areas for 50 years and 25 years respectively. In times of austerity all charities should be looking to minimise back office costs and maximise the benefits for autistic people and their families. In coming together the charities are doing so Autism Concern as a brand will be retained in the Northamptonshire area for the children’s services it has traditionally offered. Autism East Midlands will bring new investment and seek to extend the offer to autistic adults as well as expand the range of options available to young people.

Open Day & Torch Relay Launch

On Tuesday 9th January 2018 both charities hosted an open day to celebrate the merger announcement and offered an opportunity for families to meet members of the team both new and old and to discuss what the merger with Autism East Midlands actually means for them and their children.

Pictured: George Smith,Vice-Chair AEM Trustees; Mary Stanley, Adult Services Quality Assurance Lead; Will Burchell, AEM Director of Development; Jade McDonald, Marketing Assistant; Lesley Lock, Family Support Advisor; Anne Prestwick, Office Administrator; Zoe Tobin, ADHD Family Support Advisor

To mark the charity merger and Autism East Midlands 50th celebrations a Torch Relay will also launch. A celebratory torch which has been created by children from Autism East Midlands Sutherland House School in Nottingham will be passed from service to service covering all regional areas supported by the Autism East Midlands charity throughout the year. The 50th Anniversary relay torch will set off from the Autism Concern open day and mark the celebrations of the merger and the positive step in expanding our services to Northampton families in January 2018 and will finish at Sutherland House School in Nottingham in December 2018.

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Open Day 9th January 2018

Do you have a child diagnosed with Autism or ADHD?

If so, we would like to invite you to an open day on January 9th at Kings Park Conference Centre. At this event you will have the opportunity to meet members of the team both new and old and to discuss what the merger with Autism East Midlands actually means for you and your children.

We will be holding 3 sessions throughout the day;

10.00 – 12.00

13:00 – 15:00

19:00– 21:00

We have chosen these times and this location to enable as many people as possible to attend and the invitation extends to people from across the county.

Format of the sessions will be: Refreshments & Registration, Introduction  Vision Moving Forward & Question & Answer session.

Before this event, we would like to get your children’s views on how they would like to shape services for the coming year. From this feedback a series of events and days out will be arranged, moving forward all activities will be open and accessible to all children with a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD.

We understand that what children want and what parents want and need, can be very different and so can you, as a parent please let us know below what you would like available, including times and days.

Please click on the below link and indicate which session you would like to attend and give your input. Please could all forms be returned to us by 20th December.

Open Day 9th January 2018

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