About us

ADHDButterfly_Transparent_bWelcome to ADHD Richmond which has been offering support to parents/carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & its comorbidities in, and around, the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England since 1995.

We’re an Unincorporated Association- a voluntary, parent/carer support group for this neuro-developmental condition .

Our email address is: communications@adhdrichmond.org

Meet our steering committee:

ayates5 cuAlastair Yates is our Chair who oversees the Support Group and also manages all our online media.  Alastair, with the help of the Steering Committee, has published our “Handbook of Services”. 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. Email him @  communications@adhdrichmond.org

Gill Sears Gill Sears is our Parental Officer. She co-founded the group and is a trained peripatetic teacher. She is a mine of information and has raised two sons with ADHD. Gill was so determined that parents should never feel alone and should always have someone to talk to that she set about forming this group. Gill is one of our team which visits schools and meets new parents at our Post-diagnosis sessions

Eva AkinsEva Akins is our Legal Officer.  She is a Senior Associate at our Tuesday morning venue, Russell Cooke Solicitors (Kingston), specialising in education law. Eva’s legal knowledge is truly extensive; she speaks internationally and is a highly effective advocate for children’s rights. Eva is a parent of a son with ADHD and is always at our Tuesday meetings to answer your SEN questions. She is also a trained volunteer for IPSEA, an education charity supporting SEN.

Geraldine SaltGeraldine 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.  She minutes our Strategy Group meetings

Iain Reid Iain Reid is our Finance Officer. He has been a member of the Support Group for over a decade. He is retired from the business world, lives in Richmond and amuses himself by acting at The Questors Theatre in Ealing. Two of his numerous (!) children have ADHD. A son, born in 1994 and a daughter in 2001, who both live with him

Jenny Cooper Jenny Cooper is our Activities Officer. She has a young son with ADHD and ASD and is well aware of the many challenges young people with the condition have to face, including ongoing friendship and social issues. Jenny has over 25 years marketing experience mainly within the financial services sector. Jenny manages our monthly Play/Meet sessions for children and is planning more activities. Email her @ jenny@adhdrichmond.org

Amy-Lou Barker Amy-Lou Barker is our Sports Officer. She represents us at AfC on the changes to the Short Breaks & Aiming High funding. Over many years attending our meetings she has learned how to navigate the route to available grants and facilities. She had a career in Performing Arts before becoming a full-time carer for her teenage daughter who has ADHD and other comorbidities.

Fiona Whiteside Fiona Whiteside is our SEN Officer. She is the inclusion manager (SENCo) and assistance Head at Holy Trinity Primary School, Richmond. She sits on the Richmond and Kingston Boroughs’ ADHD Strategy Group and is passionate about ADHD as well as being steeped in SEN provision.

Laura Phillips Laura Phillips is our Early Years Officer. She has owned the Poppets Pre-School and Nurseries in Ham and Kingston since 2009 and has an interest in early interventions. She has a son with ADHD

Val 2 Val Ivens is our ADHD coach and non-executive partner. She has been helping children & young people for over 20 years.  Val has sat on national ADHD associations, lobbied government on the Code of Practice and has a specialist interest in the neuro-developmental origins of the condition. Her previous career was in intergovernmental negotiations.


Our mission

To help parents/carers to: 

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 – our philosophy is to make these free of charge but welcome donations

We offer: 123 Magic parent training; the Why Try Programme; post-diagnosis sessions; 1 to 1 private chats

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 & local news about ADHD and has our events;  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 Support Group. 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 attendees is encouraged.

Speakers will be chosen as appropriate and as suggested by the attendees.

The attendees 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.

Attendance is free and open to all

Our call for an ADHD Act


ADHD Richmond 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 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 (for general enquiries, advice & help) communications@adhdrichmond.org or use this form:


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