April newsletter - lots of upcoming events and dates for your diary.

The National Autistic Society Guernsey Branch

April newsletter


Recent Branch News

Flag Day Collection
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who stood with their buckets on Saturday 4th April.

We also need to thank each and every person who supported us by putting some money in the bucket, saying a quick hello or stopping for a chat.

We covered seven stores and raised a fantastic £3,054.41. Each and every penny will be spent on our local branch activities through the year.

Easter Egg Hunt
We had a wonderful after non on Good Friday with over 40 children enjoying the egg hunt and other activities on offer at Styx.

We need to thank the Island FM Easter Egg appeal in conjunction with Foresters Health care as they donated some of the chocolate eggs. Luckily the rain stopped so that we could all get outside, as well as enjoying Styx's new bouncy castle and slide.

Date for your diary:

Table Top Sale
Saturday 2nd May

Vale Douzaine
Get decluttering and clearing out, because on Saturday 2nd May one of our members is holding a tabletop sale at Vale Douzaine Room.  All proceeds will be split between NAS Guernsey and Autism Guernsey.
You can either book a table and sell your own items, or donate good condition second hand items which will be sold on the charity table.
We are looking for some volunteers to help run the charity table or serve tea and coffee, as well as some cake bakers who can donate some cakes to sell.
For more details, to offer your time on the day or to reserve a sellers table (£6 each) please contact Debbie Anderson on 716372 / 07781 438343 or email info@nasguernsey.com

Upcoming Local Training and Information Events this Year

Pre-School Training

We are delighted to be able to announce, that with support from Carey Olsen, we have booked renowned speech and language therapist and autism professional Gina Davies to visit Guernsey in July.

Gina will be delivering a 2 day Attention Autism programme on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July to early years practitioners as well as hopefully speaking at an evening branch meeting for families.

More details to follow very soon - but if you work in early years and would like to register your name for a place then please get in touch via email info@nasguernsey.com

Reflect Education

Reflect Education are based in the UK but are now offering their outreach service to families in Guernsey. They can provide support with a range of programmes including home education, communication, behavior and feeding and toileting skills.

Leigh Hipkiss is visiting Guernsey between Sunday 24th May until Saturday 30th May and will be available for appointments. He can be contacted via email info@reflecteducation.co.uk or phone 01554 890796

Tom Moore Talks about Autism

Tom is a local 28 year old man with autism who is looking to raise awareness within Guernsey and beyond in the form of public speaking.  He hopes to create a brighter future for autistic people and those who have some kind of a relationship with them.

During April and May Tom is holding a series of presentations targeted at different audiences. Some of the talks will have an additional co-presenter and there will be a Q&A session at the end where audience members will be encouraged to ask questions or share their own experiences.

All talks will be held at Les Cotils.

Wednesday 15th April at 7.30pm
You are not Alone - a talk for parents/carers

More information and tickets are available by clicking here

Friday 24th April at 7.30pm
Autism in Schools - a talk for teachers and teaching assistants

More information and tickets are available by clicking here

Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm
Autism and Friendships - a talk for siblings, extended family, close friends and colleagues of those with autism

More information and tickets are available by clicking here

Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm
What will happen to me as I get older? - a talk for young people with autism

More information and tickets are available by clicking here

Please note: NAS Guernsey, as a branch of the NAS, does not recommend any therapies, approaches, services or endorse any products.  You should not rely upon the materials or information given as a basis for making any decisions, but should consider seeking specialist advice.

Branch Events Diary

Sensory Sundays at Styx

Sunday 12th April, 26th April, Sunday 10th May, Sunday 24th May, Sunday 7th June

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!

Sunday 26th April
Jumping with FunFit Guernsey

Western Community Centre (Styx)
2.00-2.30pm and 2.30-3.00pm

As part of our Sensory Sunday afternoon at Styx we have booked for Dana from Fun Fit Guernsey to come and lead 2 half an hour sessions of jumping using small individual trampolines. There will be music, action songs and dance moves with some simple games. Suitable for ages approx 5 upwards (parents are welcome and encouraged to join in!)

The sessions will be 2.00-2.30pm and 2.30-3.00pm and there will be a charge of £3 per child.

Space is limited, but you can book in advance by emailing info@nasguernsey.com  All remaining spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis on the day.

Annette Henry
'Chronicles of Castle Cornet' tour
Thursday 21st May

£27 per person

We have had several requests for another tour by Annette Henry, and this time we have chosen her evening based at Castle Cornet.

The evening will begin at 6.30pm and once Annette has transported us back in time to re-live the medieval myths, murders and manifestations which took place in the castle, we will go and have dinner in one of the town restaurants.

All parents/carers and friends and family members are welcome as well as adults with autism.

Please get in touch by email ASAP to reserve tickets as there is limited availability. We will then get back to you with more details and the dinner menu as soon as possible.

Autism Resources

Just like You - Autism
Just Like You - Autism” has launched an exciting new campaign that aims to help the communities, our kids and the world to learn, understand and accept those living with autism.

The film's documentary techniques capture the real life stories of 3 children and their best friends/sibling who explain their lives with autism in relatable everyday scenes. The film explains how some people with autism have sensory sensitivities, different behaviors and a different way of understanding the world. The video models how to be a good friend to someone with autism.

We think that this could be a great resource to use with siblings and friends and it could raise a range of different discussion points to help improve the level of understanding and acceptance of the child with autism.

Active for Autism
The NAS have launched a new service, Active for autism, which offers training and consultancy support for sports practitioners. As well as 2 day courses run on the mainland there is also a new online learning module

The module has been created by people who are on the autism spectrum and represents the 'autistic voice'. The module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the autism spectrum focussing on the delivery of sport and physical activity. Recognising and understanding the key areas of difficulty experienced by both the participants and the session leaders is vital to providing effective support.

The module takes between 40-90 minutes to complete and costs £20 for an individual user, or as part of a package rate for organisations.



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