National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch October newsletter

The National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch

October Newsletter


Welcome to our newsletter. We have had a busy start to the autumn, beginning with a two part family seminar on managing anger.  This was fully subscribed and we already have a waiting list to repeat it, however, we will next be running the first seminar in the series which is called 'Understanding Autism'  - for details please see below.

Yesterday over 220 ladies enjoyed a tea and treats afternoon at the Duke of Richmond Hotel.  A delicious afternoon tea was served and there was a range of pampering treatments on offer as well as a raffle and auction.  All money raised will be split between Autism Guernsey and NAS Guernsey. We would like to say thankyou to the organisers, Emma Stafford-Bell and Kelly Fay, as well as everyone who supported the event by donating their time, prizes or by buying a ticket and coming along.

Carey Olsen have been busy fundraising over the year and as a result have handed over a cheque to the branch for £4,999.50. We plan on using the money for a new project that we lined up, we will be releasing details very shortly.


Christmas Cards

We apologise in advance for the mention of the 'C' word, but we know that lots of you are already beginning to get organised for the festive season.

We will not be selling NAS Christmas cards locally this year, apart from a few leftover packs from last year (if you are interested send us an email)
However, do visit the NAS shop to get your packs. New designs this year include Meercats under the mistletoe and woolly sheep wearing hats plus of course the winners of the adults and children with autism competition.

Festivitea Parties

The National Autistic Society are again running their Festivitea Party fundraiser this year. The idea is that you host a tea party event, whether it is a cake sale for your colleagues, afternoon tea for family or friends or children's party with plenty of cake!  Or, how about injecting a bit of competitive spirit and holding a bake off amongst friends?

For most of us the Christmas season is full of fun, laughter and family, but for people with autism it can be a particularly difficult time: they may be confused and frightened by sudden changes of routine, unusual foods and new social activities.

Holding a FestiviTea Party is a great way to get together with friends and family and raise money to help us improve the lives of people living with autism.

You can find out more details, download recipes from celebrity chefs and order a party pack online. We would love to hear what you have planned, and if you would like help to publicise a public event or celebrate your success please do let us know

Sensory Toy Library


As many of you are aware, we have a fantastic sensory toy library.
However, at the moment it is a very underused resource, mainly because in its current home at Le Rondin School it is not very accessible. We are therefore looking for a new home, ideally a premises where there is a large cupboard that we could rent together with space where we can hold regular library sessions so you can come along to browse, try out and borrow equipment. If anyone has any suggestions of venues that could be suitable please let us know.
In the meantime, can we ask that if you have any equipment out on long term loan that you no longer need that you contact us and arrange to drop it off or have it returned as there are several items that have been requested but are not currently available.

Events Diary

Halloween Party
For families with children with autism/Aspergers Syndrome/ADHD
Sunday 26th October
Western Community Centre (Styx)

Please join us for an afternoon of spooky fun or just pop in for a coffee and a chat
Bouncy castles, craft activities, toys and Lego.
Our book library will be available for browsing and borrowing
Face painting and glitter tattoos will be available from 2.30pm -3.30pm. Fancy dress is optional
Hot dogs, crisps and cakes will be served around 4pm

Stuck Between Two Worlds- Tom Moore Speaks about Autism
Wednesday 29th October
7.00pm for a sharp 7.30pm start
La Viliette Hotel
Free entry - seating will be limited. First come, first served.

Tom Moore is a local 28 years old man who was diagnosed with mild Aspergers Syndrome when he was 12. His presentation will aim to give others an insight as to what it's like to live with autism and to raise awareness of the condition.
Deputy Arrun Wilkie (States Disability Champion) will introduce the evening.
The event Facebook page is available here

Autism Seminars for Families - Understanding Autism
Thursday 6th November and Thursday 13th November
7.30-9.30pm on both evenings
Les Cotils Centre, St Peter Port.
Due to demand we are going to re-run the first in the series of NAS Autism Seminars for Families which is called 'Understanding Autism'

This seminar provides parents with an opportunity to discuss the diagnosis, learn more about autism and communication, and understand how to access support. It aims to provide parents with opportunities to share experiences, strategies and approaches to help them understand their child and support them in the future.

The course will be split over 2 consecutive Thursday evenings and attendance at both sessions is required.

Each family will receive a take home booklet of course materials.

£10 per family to cover cost of materials.

To book a place (1 or 2 spaces per family) please email

Christmas Party
Our family Christmas party will be on Sunday 7th December, again at Styx. More details to follow., but pop the date in your diary now!

Autism Resources

Here is a round up of what's new this month

illustration of underwear on washing line spelling PANTS
NSPCC 'Pants' Campaign
A new version of the NSPCC’s successful campaign The Underwear Rule has been launched to help parents teach children with autism about sexual abuse.

The NSPCC and The National Autistic Society have joined forces and developed an autism-specific version of the popular resource. This version of the Underwear Rule provides parents of children with autism with additional guidance on how they can keep them safe from abuse.

Alex Lowery, a young man with autism, was our visiting speaker earlier this year.  He has just produced a short video for the charity Fixers which explains stimming and why there is no need to be afraid of it. Alex finds repetitive movements help him cope with anxiety and he wants other people to understand the behaviour.


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