January newsletter

The National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch

January newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new year. We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to the new year ahead. 

We are now in the process of planning our events and activities for 2016. Thankyou to those of you who have been in touch offering your help in some way. We know it's a cliche, but many hands really do make light work and allow us to support local families even more! If you would like to come on board and give us a hand this year then we would love to hear from you. Also welcome are your ideas and suggestions for events and branch activities. We run the branch for you, and always try to accommodate requests.

The NAS has a number of national initiatives planned this year which we hope to be involved with locally. The first ever Schools Autism Awareness Week will take place in March, just before World Autism Awareness month in April. We will again be looking to hold a flag day collection and would like to hold some other small scale fundraising events.

After a successful summer holiday activity programme and term time activity sessions in 2015 we plan to build on this by repeating things which were successful and adding in some new activities. First up is a six week archery course beginning at the end of the month (see details below)

NAS Campaign for Change

Feeling misunderstood is intensely isolating.

This New Year, the hundreds of thousands of autistic people who don’t think the public understand them will start 2016 feeling isolated in their own communities, and often feel unable to leave their own homes.

This year, this has to change. We’re calling on the Government to take action by investing in projects to improve public understanding of autism.

Click here to complete a form to email David Cameron and call on the Prime Minister to make this his New Year’s resolution too.

You may be thinking that as this is a UK campaign it has little impact on us here in Guernsey. As the Guernsey Branch of the NAS we constantly look for opportunities to raise awareness and improve understanding of autism locally. If you have any ideas about how we can continue to do this during 2016 then please do get in touch. If you are organising an event that we could become part of, or would like to organise training or information for your workplace or organisation then do let us know.

Association of Guernsey Charities

The AGC have updated their website (www.charity.org.gg) to now incorporate what was previously volunteer.gg, This means that all of our Branch details and requests for volunteer help can be found in one place alongside all of the other registered charities in Guernsey.

Branch Events Diary

Sensory Sundays at Styx (fortnightly)

Next Dates: Sunday 10 January, Sunday 24 January, Sunday 7 February, Sunday 21 February

Western Community Centre, (Styx) St Peters


We are running our first Sensory Sunday of the year on 10th January. For those of you who have not been along on a Sunday before, it is a great opportunity to drop in and meet some of our committee members and other families. We get out a range of our sensory equipment to try out before borrowing. We also set up a sensory based activity, ranging from sand or water play to slime or playdoh. Some children prefer to get the Lego out or do something arts and crafty and there is also the Styx playground to use. Most importantly we put on the kettle and provide biscuits! Our books are also available to browse and borrow.

Dean Beadle - 'Being Dean: day to day life with Aspergers'
Thursday 14th January
Venue: Les Cotils (To be confirmed)

Dean is coming to the island to speak to learning support assistants, but while he is here there is time for a morning session aimed at families. (although anyone who is interested is very welcome to attend)

Dean Beadle has toured the UK for over seven years sharing his experiences of life with Aspergers Syndrome. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis.

He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism 'Autism in Practice' newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. For the past three years Dean has sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards.

Please email info@nasguernsey.com to book a FREE ticket as spaces will be limited.

6 week archery course
Saturdays 5-6pm and 6-7pm
commencing 30th January
(Saturday 30 Jan, 6 & 13 February, 5, 12 & 19 March )
Rue Mainguy Activity Centre

Following several requests we are running our first ever six week winter archery course on Saturday afternoons. This will offer participants the opportunity to gain more progression and a sense of achievement than in our stand alone sessions.
Dave Le Page will run the sessions using the GNAS Archery Scheme with badges to work for. It will consist of a little theory and background of archery, but most importantly, lots of shooting.
A maximum of 6 people per group. Both children, young people and adults are welcome, but a parent/carer will need to remain on site with all children.  Siblings (or parents!) are very welcome to take part as well. As far as possible we shall fill the earlier session for those younger participants.
Cost: £65 contribution per person
Please email info@nasguernsey.com if you are interested or would like to find out more. 

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