Supporting parents/carers of children with, or concerned about, ADHD.

We’re a voluntary, independent, non-funded, parent carer support group for the neuro-developmental condition -Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & all its comorbidities

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tumblr_nqw7jz63t51sfmyv8o1_500WHAT’S ON? WHAT NEWS?


Our April #ADHD #RichmondUponThames Newsletter is now out


March 28: Alex Hardy, RUILS Independent Supporter, will be answering questions about EHCP’s at the Family Matters Drop-In at the DAAC on Tuesday 28th March between 10.00 and 10.30, it would be great to see you there.
Family Matters also run drop-ins at the Disability Action & Advice Centre, 4 Waldegrave Road Teddington TW11 8HT every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10am-12.30. You can pop in for a chat and have a coffee and a cake. Sian Austin and Linda Campbell-Arthur (Family Support Workers) and other RUILS staff, including Sue Robson from the Sitting & Befriending service, are on hand to answer your questions.


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March 29 1000-1200 – We’ve been busy setting up another NEW venture for Richmond parents/carers, this time in conjunction with the NHS, focussing on post-diagnosis ADHD -with another date on March 30th same times. We have funding agreed now for ongoing monthly sessions; so watch this space for further dates.

Our thanks to Val Ivens for offering you this chance to meet and chat through what the diagnosis means. Val will answer your questions and point you in the right direction for other services in the Borough. We can also help you with understanding what school should be doing to help your child or young person access the curriculum. Understand the basics and feel more confident about taking the next steps with other parents. Sessions will be based in Teddington and are FREE to all parents/carers living in the Richmond Borough but please donate to our funds, if you wish, to provide you with more information sessions, workshops etc… Book now by email:


CaptureShort Breaks survey by @SENDFamilyVoice Win £50

Short Breaks Grant Survey – Enter draw to win a £50 voucher Short breaks are a hugely important service for #ADHD families and one which all local authorities are legally obliged to provide. A short break is any activity that your child does, out of school time, that provides a positive experience for the child or young person, and a break for you. Examples of short break activities include:

  • holiday clubs
  • after-school clubs
  • individual activities such as horse-riding or swimming
  • overnight stays away
  • holidays

SEND Family Voices is consulting parents to inform the current short breaks commissioning process. Local Government spends over £800K on providing short breaks for children with SEND in Kingston and Richmond every year.  Contracts for service providers are typically reviewed every 3 years. For the first time, we can have a real say as the spend for 2018-2021 is allocated. Following the SEND Reforms, the views of parents need to be actively sought. NOW is your moment to influence the services that your child could receive from next year.   Please take a few moments to fill out this online survey. All answers will be confidential and any data given to Achieving for Children will be entirely anonymised.   The survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete…   If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to contact: Richmond – Rachel Derrick Kingston – Sam Rospigliosi

Meanwhile, the Aiming High Funding has changed:

• £300 maximum per year per disabled child

• can be used for mainstream or specialist* activities (*cannot be used to pay for specialist services run by, or commissioned by Achieving for Children)

• can be used for an annual pass for the disabled child

• can only fund the cost of a holiday under certain circumstances (please see application form)

• application should be sent in at least 3 weeks before activity commences

• for the Easter holidays 2017 – the deadline is 1 week before activity

• the form no longer has to be completed by a professional, the parent/carer can do it and provide evidence of the disability (e.g. GP letter, DLA form)

There’s more about Aiming High on our website @



Get your child a disability pass from Chessington World of Adventures

Find more benefits under this website’s tab – Funding



We have opened a continuous donations site so you can always offer a little towards helping our voluntary grow even more with further subsidised workshops, FREE talks, school visits and publicity. Find the JustGiving page in the right-hand column



Our March Newsletter is now out


heather-andersonApril 5: Meet the new Interim Head of Integrated Service at Achieving for Children –  Heather Anderson

Moor Lane Centre, Chessington                             Croft Centre, Kew

                                                                                           Wed 5th April 2017   12.00pm-1.30pm

Monday 9th May 2017 12.00-1.30pm                    Wednesday 7th June 2017 10.00-12.00pm


April 8: Take your child/ren along to meet others with ADHD at the adventure playground in Marble Hill Park.
Please email Jenny Cooper: to let her know you’ll be going
April 19th – 3-5pm Lena Vantol from KIDS charity will explain how you can receive the Aiming High grant to pay for activities for your child. Take your child along too to see what’s on offer at the Orleans House Gallery. There’s full detail about the Aiming High Grant, including a video, on our website Funding tab @
April 25 Tues Talk
April 25: We are very pleased to welcome the Director of Education for Richmond and Kingston to talk to us about ADHD in our schools. Her advisor for Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties is coming too to help you with questions on your child’s school life.
Book now by email:

Although our Talks are free, anyone wishing to donate should visit:

April 26 wed eve talk
April 26: we have secured the services of a truly eminent developmental neuroscience lecturer for this Talk. Dr Frances Knight  is one of the UK’s leading researchers into sleep deprivation and how it affects ADHD. This is a topic not to be missed. It’s your chance to question a top scientist.
Book now by email:

Although our Talks are free, anyone wishing to donate should visit:



April 26 starts: ADHD Richmond & Achieving for Children offer the next WhyTry programme for Yrs 9-11 youngsters at Clarendon School 4.30pm

Why Try? is a group for young people in Richmond in Years 9, 10 or 11 who have a diagnosis of ADHD and may be struggling at home or at school. Why Try? is a strengths-based approach to helping young people overcome their challenges and improve their futures.

The group meets weekly after school for eight to 10 weeks and focuses on motivation and emotional health as well as having fun!

Please contact Val Ivens asap to put a young person forward:

See our why-try-10 flyer



ADHD Richmond offers teenage girls with ADHD the chance to make a video of their choosing about the condition. This is a 6 week session run by two Occupational Therapists.

Contact Val Ivens: asap with your child’s name and details



BBC Horizon is making a documentary exploring ADHD, aiming to create a wider public understanding of the condition. Presented by Rory Bremner, a comedian with a particular interest in ADHD, we are hoping to shed light on this commonly misunderstood condition.

They want to meet parents of children with ADHD who can tell them about what life’s like; and to also hear from your child about their own experience of the condition.

If you’re interested, please get in touch with the production team on just for a chat in the first instance



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We have re-printed our Handbook, so if you’d like a FREE copy come to any of our Talks. Anyone wishing to donate can do so easily



These are the evening Talks we have arranged for you in 2017. Anyone wishing to donate should visit:

You MUST book for each event –  Email:

Please  print/email/deliver this flyer to your GP surgery, hospital, library, school etc.



These are the FREE daytime Talks in 2017 we have arranged so far. Please make a note in your diary now of them all. Anyone wishing to donate should visit:

You MUST book for each event –  Email:

Please  print/email/deliver this flyer to your GP surgery, hospital, library, school etc…


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