ADHDButterfly_Transparent_bWelcome to ADHD Richmond & Kingston which has been offering support to parents/carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & its comorbidities in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England since 1995. We now also offer some of our services to families in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames. All our seminars/talks are open to anyone from anywhere.

We’re an Unincorporated Association – a voluntary, parent/carer support group for this neuro-developmental condition. Our Constitution and Financial Rules are available to read via email: communications@adhdrichmond.org

ADHD Richmond & Kingston is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ADHD.

Our email address is: communications@adhdrichmond.org

Meet our Management Committee of four members:

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Alastair Yates is our Chair who oversees ADHD Richmond & Kingston and also manages all our online media.  Alastair, with the help of the Management Committee, has published our ADHD Handbook. He also sources the speakers for our Talks; and videos them for our website and YouTube Channel. Alastair has a teenage son who has ADHD and is a former presenter for BBC TV News and Sky News. He also gives presentations about ADHD to parents and schools. Email him @  communications@adhdrichmond.org

Amy-Lou Barker

Amy-Lou Barker is our Vice-Chair and represents us at various meetings held by Achieving for Children and the local councils. Her career was in the Performing Arts before becoming a full-time carer for her teenage daughter who has ADHD and other comorbidities. Email her: amyloubarker@adhdrichmond.org

Iain Reid 

Iain Reid is our Treasurer. He wrote our Constitution and Financial Rules and has been a member of ADHD Richmond for over a decade. He is retired from the business world, lives in Richmond and is an amateur actor with The Questors Theatre in Ealing. Two of his children have ADHD. A son, born in 1994 and a daughter in 2001. Email him: iain.reid@adhdrichmond.org

Geraldine Salt 

Geraldine Salt is our Secretary. She has experienced the highs and lows of bringing up a son with ADHD. She has a deep understanding of the condition and offers a considered voice to our planning strategies. Her career is in managing projects and committees in international standardisation development

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The Management Committee is advised on ADHD matters by Val Ivens who is a non-executive trustee:

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Val is trained as an ADHD coach and has a  SEN Masters degree in ADHD. She studied psychology at university and has worked with families and children for 23 years. Val is also accredited in counselling  and solution- focussed therapy training as part of her ADHD coaching

The Management Committee is advised on all SEN matters by Eva Akins:

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Eva advises on special educational needs, Equality Act claims, admissions, exclusions and complaints. As well as volunteering her time for ADHD Richmond she also volunteers for the national education charity IPSEA

Our mission

To help parents/carers understand what they are entitled to & from schools and where to go for support; know what happens when it goes wrong in school; find support for behaviour; get information for children to understand the diagnosis; cope with social skills; learn about medication; receive financial & family support; discover alternative therapies

Every month UK experts are invited to explain their work in ADHD. We have both morning and evening Talks (open to anyone, anywhere) – our philosophy is to make these free of charge but welcome donations

We offer: post-diagnosis sessions; 1 to 1 private chats; and link to 123 Magic behaviour training

We keep in touch with everyone via this website; it’s a valuable resource of information, contacts & events; we have a published Handbook;  we have a Facebook page which is updated daily with worldwide & general news about ADHD and also has our events; we have a Facebook Closed Forum ; we have a YouTube channel; and we also tweet

Our main goal is an ADHD Act which would lead to a Borough-wide ADHD strategy across the UK. This would mirror the 2009 Autism Act under which the guidance is statutory and local councils and local health bodies have a legal duty to implement it.

Our promise:

The Group has been set up to provide support and information to parents, carers and families of children diagnosed with ADHD. Meeting other parents and sharing experiences is one of the most comforting and supportive opportunities we feel we can provide.

Attendees agree to maintain confidentiality of other people’s information at all times, so that those attending feel safe to share their stories.

Attendees also agree to respect the views of all of those present and maintain a constructive approach to the views expressed by others.

Attendees may agree to share contact information in order to construct a network of support outside the ADHD Richmond & Kingston. This is to be encouraged if families feel this would be helpful

Everyone should feel free and safe to express their views and be listened to respectfully

Active participation of all members is encouraged through our Parent Patronage Panel

Members will be encouraged to consider and feed back their experiences of local services and may, from time to time, be asked to become involved in thinking groups with the local authority, or other service provider, in order to improve and develop local services

Guest speakers will be chosen as appropriate and as suggested by members

Membership is free and open to anyone, anywhere

Our call for an ADHD Act

ADHD Richmond & Kingston sits on the All-Party Parliamentary Group, formed to drive a lobby to get the Government to recognise and support children and adults, who have this neurodevelopmental condition, with an ADHD Act in England.

The Act would lead to an ADHD strategy which would set out a programme of action the Departments of Health and Education, and other government departments, should take to improve the lives of those with ADHD.

ADHD Richmond & Kingston wants legislation put in place which would:

• make it easier to get a diagnosis by Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Paediatric departments

• give compulsory training for teachers and practitioners

• enable local councils and health services to write strategic plans to ensure that those with ADHD get the help they need

• help the justice system to reduce the disproportionately high prevalence of those with ADHD within the prison population.

Contact us via email: communications@adhdrichmond.org or use this form:

 

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