Welcome 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 2002. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADHD Richmond & Kingston is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ADHD.
Our email address is: email@example.com
Meet our Management Committee:
Annette Wilson is our Chair. She was founding Chair of ADHD Richmond, when in 2002 she lead a discussion of parents to consider forming a support group and then setting up its activities in the early years. She has two children and as a parent of a son (born in 1996) with ADHD has extensive experience in strategies to manage and support the condition. Annette lives in Barnes, is an accountant by training and has spent her career in management in the business world.
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.
Clare Mullane is our Secretary. She has two young children and her son has ADHD. She has experience balancing the demands of raising her son whilst maintaining home and work life. Her career is in managing programmes and change in large corporate organisations.
Jonathan Rourke has worked in supporting families of children with additional needs in Richmond and Kingston for the last 15 years. Initially working for Richmond Council in their Early Years Service, he now works as coordinator for the SEND Information Advice and Support Service at the Croft Centre in Kew and in Moor Lane, Chessington.
The Management Committee is advised on ADHD matters by Val Ivens who is a non-executive trustee:
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:
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org