April newsletter

The National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch

May Newsletter

We are all delighted with the success of all the autism focussed activities that took place locally during the month of April. We raised awareness, much needed funds and support to lots of people.  A big welcome to all of you who are new to our mailing list, it is great to have you on board.
As a quick round up here are some of what was organised:

We kicked off with Onesie Wednesday - several business held fundraising activities and we went kiteflying with Autism Guernsey at Les Cotils on 2nd April. There was a children's competition in the Guernsey Press to win a mini ipad donated by JT

We held a joint NAS/Autism Guernsey flag day raising a fantastic £3,142 for the charities to use on local autism projects.

The Mallard cinema held an autism friendly cinema screening of Rio 2 - this was a great success, so see our events calendar below for details of the next screening.

Autism Guernsey arranged a 'Mission to Lars' film night at the Performing Arts Centre

Autism Guernsey held a beach clean in conjunction with
BNP Paribas and Nurture Ecology

We had Alex Lowery visit to deliver 4 fantastic presentations on autism and we also po
pped into BBC Radio Guernsey for an interview.
We have had some fantastic feedback about how Alex's insights have really helped people understand better what it is like to live with autism.
Remember that Alex's website is fantastic and contains all sorts of interesting information and blog posts www.alexlowery.co.uk

Around 40 children attended our Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday at Styx with coverage in the Guernsy Press.  For the first time we ran 2 sessions, which meant that there were less people at each session but the general consensus was that this worked much better as created a quieter and less busy environment, which as we know is generally much more autism friendly! We will therefore look to use this format again in future for our more popular events.

The 2014 Curves Dancefloor Challenge took place with 2 evening dinners and an afternoon matinee (which was attended by about 80 of you and your children.) Lots of media coverage has been gained from this event which had a total audience of around 1,200 people.
We are very thankful to all the dancers who gave up so much time and put in so much hard work in order to take part, and also to everyone who was involved in organising the event.  Special congratulations go to Jo Horsepool who danced on behalf of the NAS and who won the Saturday night show, dancing the Jive and group Charleston with her dance partner Joe Mauger.

A new 'back of a bus' autism campaign (sponsored by JT) was launched at the end of Aprl, so keep your eyes out!

Weren't we all busy!!

There is less going on during May and June, mainly because behind the scenes we are all very busy working on various different projects. This includes putting together a calendar of events for children and young people during the summer holidays - more details will be here very soon!

Events Diary

Our upcoming events calendar will be updated very shortly...but here are a few things that will be going on soon....

Castle Crusade
Sunday 18th May

Ogier Fiduciary Services is organising and sponsoring a fun, family focused event at Castle Cornet in support of Autism Guernsey, which will be hugely enjoyable.

This event is specifically targeting children around 3-6 years old and should be great fun, for a good cause.

For more details please visit click here

Post Man PatSunday 25th May
The next autism child friendly screening at The Mallard cinema will be on Sunday 25 May at 10.30am.
The film will be Postman Pat.
Please telephone NEZ at the cinema on 266366 to book your tickets.

Sunday 13th July
Summer Party at Styx
Details to follow


Wigwam Support Group

Wigwam is a special needs support group in Guernsey. They offer friendship, support and advice to local parents, families and friends who have, or are involved with, children and young people with a special need. Their website www.wigwam.org.gg details more of their activities, but new this month is a Saturdya Club for younger children.

Do you have a child who likes a quieter environment or who is reception age or younger? If so, our new ‘Little Injuns Saturday Club’ at La Moye Youth Centre may be just the thing for you!
Starting on 17th May 2014, from 2-3pm, at our usual monthly ‘Saturday Socials’, we’ll be running a session just for young children and their parents, offering quiet song and sign, parachute games, sensory play and free play in the big hall (which will be out of bounds for our older, more confident members  - only from 2-3pm!)
This will be a great opportunity to meet up with friends or get to know other families who have children of a similar age.
Afterwards, we hope you’ll join us in the coffee bar for the rest of the ‘Saturday Social’ where refreshments are available and there are plenty of activities for children to take part in.
There’ll be plenty of volunteers to lend a hand and of course siblings are more than welcome to come along too.
Call 521678 or email support@wigwam.org.gg  for more information and please RSVP if you’d like to come along so that we have an idea of numbers. Wheelchair accessible parking spaces are available, please contact me to reserve one. You don’t have to be a member of Wigwam to join us and all the family are welcome to come along.
Hope to see you there!  Debbie Aldous


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