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

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Fundraising appeal for new website  

We are looking at upgrading our website to make it more readable and easier to navigate.  To make this happen we need funding and are raising money as a one off appeal to support this project.  Click here to make a donation.

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Evening Seminar Thursday 4 July 2019 at Heatham House, 7pm – 9pm.

Speaker: Dr Maite Ferrin, Consultant Psychiatrist  “ADHD Awareness, Mechanisms, and Treatments: Advances and Challenges” 

Dr Maite Ferrin is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD/ASD and co-morbid conditions. She is also Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Brain and Behaviour Laboratory, at the University of Southampton. Additionally, Dr Ferrin has published more than 40 international peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of child psychiatry.

Our Seminars are held at Heatham House, Whitton Road, Twickenham TW1 1BH. Parking is available in the evening. The nearest public car park is Aragon Road,behind Waitrose where parking is free after 6pm. Heatham House is three minutes’ walk from Twickenham station and the 281 bus stop.

Our Seminars are FREE but contributions to our running costs are requested. Suggested amount £3.

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Networking Coffee Morning

The last networking coffee morning before the summer break will take place at 12.00 on Tuesday 16 July 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.

Seminar: Tuesday 16 July at Heatham House Twickenham, 11am 

“Sleep and ADHD” Speaker: Dr Sally Hobson Specialty Doctor Community Paediatrics

Sally specialises in neurodevelopment and sleep behaviours and will be talking about the known associations between ADHD, insomnia and fragmented sleep and the problems this can cause for your child as well as ways of helping your child with ADHD achieve a better night’s sleep.

Parking is available at Heatham House in the evenings but for the daytime coffee morning and seminar there are very limited spaces. The nearest car park is the one behind Waitrose in Aragon Road which is about 5 minutes’ walk from Heatham House. Heatham House is located a few minutes walk from Twickenham railway station and is on the 281 bus route.

Our Seminars are FREE but contributions to our running costs are requested. Suggested amount £3 

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Members’ Survey

Last week we sent out a request for members to give us their feedback on our offering and also to let us know what is on their wish list. If you have not completed it please do so urgently as we do need your input. It will take less than 10 minutes. There is a survey for parents and professionals – please complete only one as appropriate to you:

Parents survey – click here

Professionals survey – click here

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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

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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.  

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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:

Skylarks  Local Information Session – Friday 28 June –  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Local information session about groups providing services to SEN children and young people. Click here to book a place and for more information.

Skylarks Parents’ Social Evening – Friday 5 July 7.30 pm -1 am

Turks Head Pub in Twickenham

Compered by the Patron of Skylarks, Sally Phillips, this will be a joint fundraiser between Skylarks and Toucan Diversity and feature live music from Jamestown. For more details and to book a place click here

Action attainment –  Summer sports programme for 12 – 25 year olds  

Fun in the Sun is a summer programme for young people with social and communication needs aged 12-25. See here for more information.

Nutritious Minds Saturday 20 July – 11.30 am – 5.30 pm Workshop on nutrition

This is a 1-day transformative workshop focused on nutrition, brain-health, mental-wellness and fitness. It is being held at The Westbank Art Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL. Nearest tube Ladbroke Grove. See here for information.

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

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

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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.

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All the best from your ADHD Richmond & Kingston Steering Committee

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