Loop

Our free ADHD Handbook now contains information for Kingston Borough parents and carers.

Please consider using our Easy Fundraising for all your online shopping e.g. Amazon, eBay etc … There’s no cost to you but retailers donate to us.

Visit our: website Facebook Facebook Forum Twitter YouTube Easy Fundraising

11

______________

Networking Coffee Morning – 12pm Tuesday 18th June at Heatham House Twickenham

The next networking coffee morning will take place at 12.00pm on Tuesday 18 June following our Seminar, details below. We hope to see you there for a chance to chat about any general issues you may be facing with your children and young people with ADHD.

Please note there is no parking available during the day at Heatham House but there is a car park five minutes walk away on Aragon Road (behind Waitrose). Heatham House is a few minutes walk from Twickenham Railway Station and is on bus route 281 or you can take the 267 to Twickenham Station.

______________

Daytime Seminar – Tuesday 18th June at 11am Heatham House Twickenham

We are delighted to welcome our speaker, Dr Ashok Roy, Chair of the Royal Society of Psychiatrists who will  be speaking on “ADHD & Girls”. Girls are often diagnosed much later than boys or even not formally diagnosed at all. This is because some of the symptoms of ADHD displayed by girls may be more subtle and not fit the characteristics traditionally associated with ADHD. So their condition may go unnoticed. Added to this, much of the support for children with ADHD focuses on hyperactive boys. If you are the parent or carer of a girl with ADHD this is a vital opportunity to find out how you can understand her and best give her your support.

Our Seminars are FREE but contributions to our running costs are requested.

Suggested amount £3

Please note there is no parking available during the day at Heatham House but there is a car park five minutes walk away on Aragon Road (behind Waitrose). Heatham House is a few minutes walk from Twickenham Railway Station and is on bus route 281 or you can take the 267 to Twickenham Station.

___________

Opportunity to take Part in a Diet Trial for Children with ADHD

Kate Lawrence, a psychologist based at St Mary’s University, is recruiting children with ADHD for a research trial assessing the impact of a dietary intervention on their symptoms.

The trial is for children between the ages of 8-13 years (inclusive), who are not currently having ADHD medication or therapy, and have not had antibiotics in the past 2 1/2 months .They may have a dual diagnosis.

The research will require commitment to a specific eating plan for a six-week period (including a free probiotic drink for the duration) together with completing various questionnaires and objective assessments before and after the diet, to assess any benefits of the treatment.

Full support will be given by the research team, including research psychologists and a registered nutritional therapist during the study. This will include five group meetings (your child would need to attend two of these) and online contact.

The sessions will be held at Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 8UH.  The trial commences in May and although the first session on Tues, 14th May has passed it is still possible to take part.  Please get in contact with Kate Lawrence directly at Kate.lawrence@stmarys.ac.uk to find out more.

___________

Changes to SEND Transport policy for Richmond

Following the consultation carried out in November and December, the Council has made some changes to the SEND Transport policy for Richmond. You can find a summary of the changes and a link to the main policy on the Local Offer website at: https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/blog_articles/2042-changes-to-the-richmond-home-to-school-travel-for-children-and-young-people-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-policy

___________

Feedback on the AGM held on 9 May 

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM. It was good to share our plans for the year ahead, get input from members and importantly to network afterwards and enjoy the refreshments that were kindly provided by Waitrose and Partners.

In the last year we held 17 information seminars, 52 families attended our post diagnosis seminars and we expanded the one-to-one coaching to Kingston after receiving funding for this. We also continued our active engagement with the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston on the educational and healthcare support provided to ADHD children and young people. We now have 656 members made up of 566 parents and carers and 90 professionals. With this strong membership, we have a voice.

The Management Committee comprising Annette Wilson (Chair), Geraldine Salt (Secretary), Iain Reid (Treasurer) and Jonathan Rourke (Education Liaison), were re-elected at our AGM.  With Alastair Yates sadly passing away, it was a tough period for the group and thanks to the remaining Management Committee and newly recruited volunteers, ADHD Richmond and Kingston has been able to survive.  We have formed a Steering Committee made up of the Management Committee and core volunteers that now deal with the day-to-day management of activities.  

We have exciting plans for the future and our priority for the next year is to expand our volunteers and also increase our fundraising. We welcome any additional support but in particular there are two key volunteering roles that need to be filled; our administrator and our deputy treasurer. We have a flyer providing more details.  Should you have an interest in either of these roles or have someone in mind that may be suitable please email chair@adhdrichmond.org

In addition if you are able to post our flyer in the community please also email us.  

In the last year, we received two grants which funded the post diagnosis workshops and the one-to-one coaching in Kingston. We were also supported by Heatham House that generously allow us to use their facilities to hold our bi-monthly information seminars and Russell Cooke that make their premises available for our post diagnosis seminars.  The rest of our activities are funded with the donations from our members. 

We thank you all for your support over the last year. The presentation from the AGM, the financial statements and the minutes of the meeting are available on request from chair@adhdrichmond.org

______________

FundraisingWe’ve registered with easyfundraising and we need your help to fund raise.

Easyfundraising is a great website where you can help ADHD Richmond and Kingston raise funds simply by doing your everyday online shopping with over 3,600 big name retailers like Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S.  Every time you shop, we receive a small donation from the retailers to say ‘thank you’ and at no cost to you.  Please sign up at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/adhdrichmond/ and also ask friends and family to also support us by registering too.  

______________

We would like to inform you of the following activities being held by other organisations which may be of benefit to you or your child:

Course on Parenting a sensory child

This is a 3 part course for parents and carers organised by Kingston Vineyard. The course is aimed at parents/carers of children who have difficulties processing sensory information and is intended to help with the parenting  challenges this can present.

When: 17th May, 24th May and 7th of June 

10am-12.30pm 

Where: The Hub, 38 Surbiton Road, KT12HX 

Please call Tanya on 07810 643470 to discuss if this course is suitable for you.

Free Counselling from “Off the Record” in Twickenham

“Off The Record” Twickenham provides counselling, walk-in information and a sexual health service for young people aged 11-24 who live, work or study in the Richmond Borough.

Free and confidential services are available 6 days a week. 

Counselling is FREE for under 18s but donations are asked for if you are over 18 and in work. Tel 020 8744 1644 Further information is here

Osteopathy clinic

Don’t forget that the Me too & Co Osteopathy Clinic takes place every Tuesday afternoon. This is a wonderful facility as osteopathy can benefit a variety of areas – anxiety, stress, sensory overload, digestion and gut issues, etc. The clinic is free but there is an optional donation of £6. If your child is coming for the first time you will need to book a double appointment.  To find out more and book a place for your child, link here

RUILS family support

RUILS is a local user-led charity which employs family support workers to run a service called Family Matters for families of children aged from one to 25 with a disability or additional needs. RUILS will be offering 1:1 appointments for parent/carers who live in the borough of Richmond. These take place at at Me too & Co on the following Fridays: 21 June and 12 July at 09.30, 10.20 and 11.15 am. So if you need some advice, support or signposting for you or your child, please book a space via this link

______________

SWL engagement flyer_vF[3723]

______________

ADHD in the NEWS: We need your help to make our government act now and tackle the failing in ADHD service provisions in the NHS.

ADHD patient groups, service providers, clinical and academic healthcare providers and educational specialists have joined together with the ADHD Foundation to lobby government to make the changes we need to ADHD care in the UK.

In a Times Publication on 15th April and a Good Morning Britain interview with Rory Bremner on 17th April, which can be viewed here, the ADHD Foundation are launching a campaign to lobby government.  To get our voices heard we are asking our members to print and send The Consensus Statement, available here to download, summarising the asks, to their local MP. Please accompany with a polite letter and ask them to respond. Please inform us of any responses by emailing communications@adhdrichmond.org.

For further details the press statement can be found here.

______________

1

______________

Talk dates 2019 – you can find information on our talks planned in 2019 below and by visiting – ADHD talks dates – Tues & Thurs 2019.

1 (4)

_____________

New Parent Panel in Richmond

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children is leading the process for establishing a new Parent and Carer Forum in Richmond. As this process may take some time, the Council and Achieving for Children (AfC) wish to establish an interim parent panel. They are calling parents/carers of children and young people with ADHD to join a Richmond Borough Council Parent Panel looking at the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the Borough.

ADHD Richmond and Kingston has been approached to make parents aware of the Council’s new Parent Panel and that they are particularly interested in hearing from the parents and carers of children and young people with the following needs:

  1. ADHD and ADD
  2. Specific learning difficulties
  3. Moderate learning difficulties
  4. Hearing impairment
  5. Social, emotional and mental health conditions

If parents are interested in joining the Panel, they can register their interest at:

sendlocaloffer@achievingforchildren.org.uk

A letter explaining more details of plans for the panel is available from us by emailing: communications@adhdrichmond.org

We are very keen to encourage parents of children and young people with ADHD to come forward and participate on the Panel as this seems to be a group which is under represented.

______________

Please consider using our Easy Fundraising for all your online shopping e.g. Amazon, eBay etc … There’s no cost to you but retailers donate to us!

All the best from your ADHD Richmond & Kingston Steering Committee

Visit our: website Facebook Facebook Forum Twitter YouTube Easy Fundraising