National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch March newsletter

The National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch

March Newsletter

Autism Awareness Month is almost here! The NAS are celebrating with an awareness week from 27th March to 2nd April. We would love it if as many of you as possible could help us to Stand Out for Autism!

Here are just a few ideas about how you could get involved, all taken from the NAS website which is full of information and resources

WAAW at Work
  • Wear your support! Ask everyone to make a donation and wear something pink or purple. This is a great way of raising awareness, and you can give a prize to the best-dressed person! Or if you’re feeling especially daring you could even wear a onesie on Onesie Wednesday™ (1 April 2015)!
  • Are you feeling lucky? The NAS have made a sweepstake poster to create a fun sweepstake that anyone can take part in.You can reveal the winner on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2015).
  • Every office needs treats! A pink and purple bake sale will definitely perk up everyone’s spirits!
  • Do you have an office blabbermouth? A sponsored silence could be a great way of raising money for people with autism, who often struggle with communication skills.

WAAW at school or pre-school
  • Wear a onesie or something pink and purple on the last day of term! Get the teachers to do the same!
  •  Why not sell tickets to a cinema club at lunchtime? Don’t forget the popcorn!
  •  Get grooving with a pink and purple school disco.
  •  Stand out in your own special way with a school talent show or talent assembly!
  •  Have a pink and purple bake sale – get started using Jane Asher’s special cupcake recipe
  • Have a onesie drawing competition or use the NAS colouring sheet and ask the children to colour the characters so that they stand out for autism and then give them names- everyone could make a donation to enter with a prize for the winner.
If you decide to hold an event please let us know and we can help you with resources or to spread the word! We would also love to see some photos of what you get up to.

We also have some Branch activities planned - please see the events diary below and get involved. We especially need volunteers to help us out on our Flag Day, so please consider whether you can give an hour or so to help us raise valuable funds to help us continue to run local events.

Autism News

  • Cambridge PhD student with Asperger's leads major study into girls with autism A Cambridge PhD student with autism is leading the first large-scale research project into women with the condition. Psychologist Hannah Belcher was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 23, and now studies at Anglia Ruskin University.The study takes the form of an online screening form, and aims to survey 6,000 people, in an attempt to understand how many women are currently going undiagnosed. To take part in the study click here
  • BBC Radio 1's Stories - George the Poet's Stories from the Spectrum

    As part of a series of radio documentary programmes, George the Poet and his younger brother Kenny explore what it means to be on the autistic spectrum. A variety of young people, their siblings and family members share their experiences during the hour long programme which can be listened to on BBC Radio iPlayer


New NAS T-Shirts

Models wearing stand out for autism t-shirts
The NAS have produced some new t-shirts in time for World Autism Awareness Week. They are available in a both pink and purple in a range of sizes and can be bought in the online shop Also available are canvas shopping bags and button badges.

Events Diary

Sensory Sundays at Styx
Sunday 8th March, Sunday 22nd March, 12th April, 26th April (plus ongoing dates - keep an eye on our website and Facebook Page)
Western Community Centre, (Styx) St Peters

Please pop along and browse, try out and borrow items from our sensory toy library. We will also have our book library available. During every sessions we will have a sensory play activity on offer, which could include sand or water trays, slime, bubbles or painting. The playground at the centre will also be open as usual.

All families with children with autism and/or sensory processing needs are welcome - just turn up!

For more details of our sensory toy library click here

Sunday 1st March
Autism Friendly Cinema 'Shaun the Sheep the Movie'
The Mallard Cinema

Running Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Synopsis: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Call the box office on 266366 to book tickets (Please be clear to state that you want the 10.30 autism friendly screening)

Arts Commission Lantern Parade
Saturday 14th March from 6.30pm

  LanternParade 2014 - Photo by Mark Windsor-2
During half term several families enjoyed making lanterns with The Arts Commission. The lantern parade is on Saturday 14th March, and everyone, whether you took part making lanterns or not, is welcome to come along.

This year the parade will begin at 6.30pm at Churhchill Avenue near Cambridge Park and finish at the Albert Pier.  If you would like to come along and join us please email Jo as we will arrange to meet somewhere nearby the official start to collect our lanterns before joining the parade.

Dress in your brightest clothes, bring along some torches or lanterns and enjoy the atmosphere.  Please note: There will be loud noise, and although we can stay as a small group, it will be impossible to totally avoid the busy crowds. Therefore ear defenders or foam ear plugs are advised for children with noise sensitivity.

Friday 3rd April
Easter Egg Hunt
Western Community Centre (Styx) St Peters


Families with children with autism are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Styx.  New families are always very welcome.

We will have the usual range of activities on offer at the centre including bouncy castles, arts and crafts, Lego and toys to choose from before the egg hunt. Our book library will also be available for browsing and borrowing.

Hot cross buns and small cakes will be on offer - if you are able to do a bit of baking and bring along we would be very grateful - please let us know.

If you would like to attend please RSVP so that we can ensure we have an easter egg for everyone. Email stating how many adults and how many children will be attending, plus any special dietary requirements.

This will be a free event, but if you would like to make a small donation towards covering the costs we will have a collection pot.

Saturday 4th April
Flag Day
Various Stores

We are once again holding a Flag Day to coincide with the end of World Autism Awareness Week in order to raise funds to help us continue to run local Branch events. All money raised will stay in Guernsey for our Branch.

We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help us cover as many stores for as long as possible - so far we have confirmed M&S L'Islet and St Martins and Co-op St Martins and Bridge but will hopefully finalise permission for at least 3 other stores next week.  All that is required is for you to stand with a bucket and a friendly smile.

If you can spare us some time please email with your preferred store/s and time slots

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