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The Groove

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          Saturday 19th OctGuildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, GranthamNG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

Lincoln Castle Explorers

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Lincoln Castle Explorers, 2nd Nov, 9am – 10am.        Click page icon for event details and to book or castle icon about autism-friendly opening.        See map.

Autism Conference

PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 19th Nov 2019.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.        Click icon for poster.        See also map


The events on this page are chosen because they may be of interest to a child and/or adult on the autistic spectrum.         See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire and beyond.        They put on events in their area.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on Friday Oct 4th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.       It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.       She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.      The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.        Morning session recommended for parents.       If you would like to attend contact:         See Speech & language about Makaton.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 30 Sep in Market Rasen,        Click icon for details.        See map

Harrowby football match

Harrowby vs Cottesmore football match on Saturday 14 Sep at Harrowby United’s Dickens Road Community Stadium, Grantham, NG31 9QY.       Free entry for under 16’s and carers with Carer’s Allowance letter.         Click icon for poster.        See also map.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 7th July 2019, 11am to after 4pm.       Click poster thumbnail for official information.        See also:  Facebook      map.

We would be grateful for any donated tombola prizes – old toys, books, food/drink, plants, trinkets, toiletries, teddies, etc (we won’t turn anything down).        Please contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.        Thanks to everyone who has already donated prizes, including:  Poundland, Home Bargains, The Works and Subway.

Makaton course

An early years specialist will be running a Makaton course on July 5th at Belton Lane Children’s Centre, Grantham.        It will run from 9.30 – 12.30pm and then 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a working lunch.        She will cover Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.       The cost is £15 per level payable to the trainer on the day.

Healthy Conversation

The NHS will be holding public engagement drop in sessions around Lincolnshire during May and June.       They want to take soundings about the future of local  health services.

Family dog workshops

Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 7 Jun.       Click icon for details.        See Growing up about Dogs for Good.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,

Overcoming trauma

Hesley are putting on a free event for parents about overcoming trauma and building resilience for people with autism.        It will be on 8 May in Nottingham.        Click icon for details and to book.

Easter Quest

An exclusive opportunity outside of opening hours for children and adults on the autistic spectrum to visit with their families.        Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest at Lincoln Castle.        Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward.        Sat  20th Apr, 9am – 10am.        Click icon for more information.

East Midlands events

Workshop for parents of special needs children – Coping with Challenging Behaviour.       Wed, 3rd Apr, 10am – 12pm.        25 FREE places available for parents.        At Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Community Hub, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB.         To book your free place email with your name, address and telephone number.        Please also state the age of your child with special needs, and the nature of his/ her disability.        Click poster preview to view.

Have your say

Lincolnshire Autistic Society are putting together feedback from parents and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome about autism related issues.       In particular they believe that the main areas of concern are Education Health Care Plans and Children’s diagnostic pathway.       Click PDF icon for details.        If you have something to say please contact: .       She would like to hear from you by the end of March, if possible.

Contact events

Click icon for the Spring Contact news bulletin.         To find out about Contact see about.

  • The selfish giant  – theatre show for children with additional needs and their families.        13 Mar, Lincoln.        All places are free but need to be booked.        See poster.
  • Free workshop for EHC plans in Nottingham on 26 Mar.       A few places left as of 30 Jan.        Click icon for details.
  • What’s on at the end gives a round-up of events by county.

SEND workshops

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) are putting on parents’ workshop days about Special Educational Needs and Disability.        £10 for non-members.       Click icon for details.

  • Tue 26 Feb in Boston.  for those without an EHC plan.
  • Wed 20 Mar in Lincoln. for those entering or in the EHC process.
  • LPCF has also been involved with the council’s Special Educational Needs consultation exercise.          Click icon to see when and where they will be holding their coffee mornings.

PAACT workshops

PAACT is putting on several workshops at St Peter and St Paul’s Church hall, Skellingthorpe Rd, Lincoln, LN6 7RB.        Email Gordon Forsyth at to book your place.

  • Andrew Whitehouse will lead a course in behaviour management on 15 Feb.        £10 per person.        Networking from 9.15am to begin training at 10am.        Click icon for event details.
  • Hilllary Sharp will provide Puberty & wellbeing training on 1st Mar        £25 per person.         See poster for more information.
  • Jane Husscisson will provide Makaton training on 4th Mar.         £25 per person.         See poster for more information.

Childhood anxiety

Family Graffiti are putting on a Childhood anxiety workshop on 14 Feb in Magna village hall, Great Hale,  Sleaford, NG34 9LH.         Click poster to zoom in.         See map.

Sensory perception

PAACT has invited Olga Bogdashina, Lecturer at the International Autism Institute to share her expertise on sensory perception & communication on 8th Feb in Lincoln.        Click icon for details.

Signposting & workshops

  • Free signposting and information event in Horncastle on Tue 22nd Jan 2019
  • Workshop: “Talking to children with Disabilities/SEN about Puberty, Relationships & Sexual Health” in Horncastle on 22nd Jan 2019

Dick Whittington

Polka Dot Pantomimes are performing another season at the Guildhall Arts Centre theatre in Grantham.       The relexed performance is scheduled for 2nd January 2019 at 2pm.       Phone the booking office on (01476) 406 158 to confirm that you are booking the relaxed performance.       See also available seats

Lincoln Castle Explorers

On the 29th December, 9 – 10am, we have an exclusive opportunity outside of our opening hours, for children and adults on the Autism spectrum, to visit with their families.       The team at Lincoln Castle have undergone Autism Awareness training and worked alongside Lincoln’s Parent Support Group PAACT.         Click icon for more information and to book.

The Groove

We have a Christmas disco at the Guildhall which is suitable for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          It is on Saturday 22nd Dec 2018, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

Making sense of autism

Free training session for parents and professionals on 29th Nov at Huntingtower Primary School, Grantham, NG31 7AU.         Click icon for more information / booking.

Autism Conference

PAACT is taking bookings to attend and for information stands for annual conference in Lincoln on Tuesday 13th November 2018.
The venue will be The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY.         Click icon for agenda.

See:  Book to attend          Book display stand          Booking return address         map

Gateway club

Becky, the leader of The Gateway Club, would like to invite you to an open evening on Thursday 8th Nov.        The Gateway Club is an evening social club for those 18+ with learning disabilities.            They are a service run by Grantham and District Mencap.       The club is on Monday & Thursday 6.30 – 9pm, at The Cree Centre on Aire Road / Medway avenue, NG31 7QP.       We offer activities that are both centre based and out in the community.

They are trying to encourage new members and have a open evening planned for people to come along for a chat, piece of cake and see what they do …           Click PDF icon for poster.

Louth speaker event

Thursday 6th September, London Road Pavillion, Louth, LN11 9QP, 10am – 3pm.          Registration, tea & coffee from 9.15am.           Email LAAFS: for more information and to book.

Performing Arts Workshops

Two Linkage Adult Skills days for people aged 16+ with learning disabilities, are coming to the Newark area:

  1. On 21st August with a Greatest Showman themed performance arts workshop.         Click on link to book your place.
  2. Then on 28th August, another workshop.        You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.         See  Mamma Mia!

Caravan breaks

Magic moments for autistic kids has a caravan in Chapel St Leonards, up the coast from Skegness, available for bookings between May and September 2018.         Click icon for details.          See also Take a break.






















Activities & support – Cinema card

Cinema card

A CEA card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.        Click icon to find out more.       See cinema sites for Grantham & Stamford.

Action for Children

Action for Children’s Lincolnshire Short breaks can help to make leisure and social activities more accessible.        Click icon to find out about them.         Grantham has its own schedule of activities.        The children and young people may have more complex needs or have other issues which mean universal services are difficult to attend.        Make a referral before turning up for an activity.

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Click picture to find out about Lincolnshire subisdised short breaks generally.

See also Specialist services       Short breaks team       Take a break


A little worried about your pre-school child but not sure whether you are worrying over nothing?        Belton Lane Children’s Centre welcomes new parents.         In particular their Kids Support may be able to help.         No need for a referral.


Please be aware:

  • Activities at Children’s Centres cater for ages 0 – 5.
  • Early Support, Care & Co-ordination (ESCO) has been extended to cater for young people right up to to eighteen years of age.
  • Kids’ Support caters for ages 0 – 5.


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Cinema – Grantham – Oct

Weekly supportive screenings at the new Savoy, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, NG31 6TT.        The film for Sunday 13th October has been confirmed as The Secret Life of Pets 2 .       See about the film.

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Doors open beforehand.       The film is from 10am.       Entry £2.15 per person on the door.       They are autism-friendly but all are welcome.       Click icon for more information.       Also, find out about free entry for carers.


Training courses

Supporting inclusion

Click icon for Lincolnshire Council pages about supporting inclusion.       It covers aspects of special educational needs & disability for professionals.        They also has a specialist school support services page in  EduLincs            (new)

Lincolnshire has four integrated locality teams.       SENCOs from all early years providers, registered childminders and out of school club managers can request Early Years inclusion support.        See Early years support         It has an inclusion support referral form at the bottom of the page and email addresses.


This is a page for professionals who may be quite new to autism.        See also Autism awareness

Working together team

The Working Together Team offers support to schools and academies for students with a wide range of social communication and / or learning needs.        See also:  detail          SEN Support – Scroll down to Social communication outreach.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free teaching aids for children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.

SENCo resources

The Council offers support for Early Years SENDCo in implementing the graduated approach within the SEND Code of Practice and meeting the needs of children.        Click icon to browse.


Early years can extend as far as the age of 18 with ESCO.       This is short for Early years Support Care & Co-ordination,

Team Around the Child

When a professional from any agency identifies a child with an additional need and where the care needs require co-ordination due to complexity or due to the number of agencies involved, then a Team around the Child meeting should be initiated.

This link gives a feel for how things work: TAC meetings         Here is a one stop resource for those in need of Teams Around a Child: TAC resource


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Coffee – 14 Oct

Come and join us for coffee a chat.       We have an autism mum hosting our coffee mornings, usually accompanied by another autism mum or dad.       They would be delighted to meet you.      We offer both information and emotional support.

This coffee morning will be on Monday 14th October at the Belton Lane Children’s Centre,  Grantham.       Drop by any time from 10am – 12pm.       If you are using satnav, NG31 9QB should get you to the correct entrance.

Click icon for more about this event and to log your interest.

Speech and language


Makaton uses signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate.         Click icon for Signing Hands, the UK Makaton website and have a look under About.

Mr Tumble

  • CBeebies’ series Something Special was designed for children with communication difficulties and uses Makaton.       Click play icon to browse the the themed episodes:  e.g. The looking game.
  • A more selective array of extended singing videos can be found on iPlayer.

NHS speech therapy

Lincolnshire NHS has an open referral system for children’s speech therapy.        Parents can phone children’s therapy services to ask about it.       Click icon and look for:


Where to start?

Talking Point offers a comprehensive guide to children’s communication issues.         Click icon for guidance and choose from the menu list down the left hand side.         It may be a good place to start.         You might want to look for the following:

  • Ages and stages of development – what is normal?
  • Some children struggle– what to look out for.
  • What can I do?      Finding the right school.

Talking Point provides services in Lincolnshire.

What to try?

  • The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a guide to visual supports.
  • This retail site has an introduction to using PECS and British Sign Language (BSL)          See also PECS boards below.
  • Here are some parent’s opinions about which to use and this discussion goes into a bit more detail.

Total communication

Options group have produced a helpsheet about the development of communication skills in people on the autism spectrum.         The author is a specialist speech and language therapist.          Click icon to view.

PECS boards

PECS boards provide students with a way to visually associate ideas about their everyday life, and to communicate with their instructors and family.         Click icon for illustrations of their use and How to for a guide to making your own.         The website is USA based.

The girl who thought in pictures

Dr Temple Grandin did not speak until the age of 4.         Doctors did not think she would ever speak but her parents refused to accept it.         Yet, with determination, her unusual mind enabled her to improve animal welfare on farms around the world.          Click icon for an article about the book.           See also Amazon.          The book contains an illustrated rhyming tale for children followed by reading matter for parents.


Even if a child does not develop speech all is not lost.        Click icon to read article.        Its themes are developed in Diversitypress.        There are also one or two similar articles in Whatisitlike?.

Lincolnshire Family services directory has a few entries with a search for non-verbal.      (new)       Linchfield is in the Market Deeping area.

E G Training

E G Training provide speech and language therapy in the East Midlands.         See   website         speech & language          locations – their therapists travel to clients in Lincolnshire.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free resources for parents of children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.


Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability:    e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and social skills.         It may be good for toddlers with delayed speech.         Little explorers could be another one to consider.          See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.

Dillan’s Voice

Apple has released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice about a Sixteen year old with autism.        This webpage also has an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path.

We have an app for that

TippyTalk’ App for Nonverbal People Turns Pictures Into Text Messages.       See this article about TippyTalk, an alternative to a picture exchange communication system (PECS) board.       As of March 2016 it still seems to be at an early stage of development, though, so will not be available to the public for a while yet.        See also TippyTalk blog.

Social scripts

Your child may be repeating words or phrases constantly – why might that be?        Here is a 10 minute video about the difference between echolalial scripting and social scripting and how they can help.


The website Ambitious about Autism has a lot of on-line discussions about speech development.       Look for the magnifying glass icon on the site to search.       Click Twitter icon here to find a link to their website – it is in the left margin.        See also:  More tips.


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Related Activities …

Grantham Making Noise

At Guildhall Arts Centre        1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month: 12:30 – 14:30          Click icon for more information.        See also:  contact        article.         (updated)


These activities and events are not run by GAIN but could be of interest.            See also:  Wider area activities  and  Local groups  for the surrounding area around Grantham.           For holidays in Lincolnshire see Take a break.

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  • Grantham Lynx Disability Swimming Club.
  • Meets Wednesdays 6.30pm -7.30pm Grantham Meres.
  • New members and volunteers always welcome.

Just turn up at the Meres.      As you go in there will be a table on the right with two ladies and the Lynx swimming sign.      They do not swim in school holidays, that includes half terms.        Click icon to find them on Facebook or Twitter.      They include some community news from members.

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This is a special needs club at Ruskington Youth Centre, NG34 9DY, on Sundays 3-5pm.           Ruskington is a village near Sleaford.          Parents can simply turn up with their children.         They would love to see some new faces.         Click image on the left to find out what is what.        See local groups for more information.

Little Jack’s Farm

Little Jack’s Farm is a family run children’s farm on the outskirts of Bottesford.        See map

The Groove

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.        Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, Grantham.         Click icon for more information.         For general information or ticket enquiries phone (01476) 406158 or email Box Office/Tourist Information:

Grantham College Day Break

For a personalised day opportunity for adults with a learning disability, see:  Brochure         Introduction          Webpage

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) Coffee Mornings

This is the new name for Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF).
No need to book.      Meet other parents of children with disabilities and additional needs.          

10.30am – 12 mid-day,   every 2 months at Urban Hotel, Swingbridge Road, Grantham, NG31 7XT,    map.          For dates see website.

Pony riding

Qualified RDA (Riding for Disabled Association) club now available.

See Kesteven Ridability about lessons at The Paddocks Riding Centre, Lodge Farm, Frieston Road, Hough on the Hill, Grantham, Lincs NG32 2BE.        They cater for children  on the autistic spectrum.          See also:  Contact details.

Drama groups

Is your child a born performer?

  • The New Youth Theatre has 4 age groups, ranging from 3 – 16 years of age.
  • The Happy Little Drama Club for started on 8 September 2014.        They have 2 age groups ranging from 8 – 13 years of age.

Both groups above are in Grantham.       These are mainstream groups.       See Wider area for a group in Lincoln specifically set up for children with additional needs.        See The Science page under Drama & Performance activities for information about possible benefits.

What’s on

Keep up to date with arts, leisure and culture in South Kesteven.         Click icon for more information.


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Tennis – 22 Oct

Next autism friendly tennis session at Grantham Tennis Club, Arnold Field, Gonerby Road, GranthamNG32 3ATTuesday 22nd October, 6 – 7pm.
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Places for 20 children age 3+.     Fun for beginners.     The session will be indoors.
Tuition & suitable equipment provided.      Sturdy shoes required.      £3 per child.
It is essential to book.     Click icon to do so.      Discount for all 5 sessions.

Meet the horse – 24 Oct

GAIN are very happy to announce a “Meet The Horses” session at Kesteven Rideability, The Paddocks Riding Centre, Lodge Farm,  Hough on the Hill, NG32 2BE.       It will be on Thursday, 24th October, at 1pm, weather permitting, for six children and their parents/carers.

This free one hour session will be a chance to meet and pet horses in a relaxed and calm environment.       Click icon for more information.       Sold out.

Bingo evenings – Autumn

New bingo evenings at Harrowby United football club, Dickens Road, Grantham, NG31 9QY.      Sign in 6:30 for 7pm start.       Click icon for more details.       See also map.

Dates, Saturday:  26 Oct,    23 Nov,    14 Dec.  

All funds raised go to GAIN.