Category Archives: Events

Family/Darts evening – 24 Aug

Come and join us for a family-friendly evening on Saturday 24th August at the White Lion, Bridge End Road, GranthamNG31 6JJ.

Ask for Paul.         He is an autism dad and our host for the evening.         He has combined his voluntary work for GAIN with his links to the darts league.         You do not need to have any interest in darts, though, to enjoy the company or just chat with Paul.        Show up whenever you like between 5 – 10pm.          Click icon for more information and to log your interest.

Cinema – Grantham – 25 Aug

GAIN are proud to announce weekly supportive screenings at the new Savoy, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, NG31 6TT.        The film for Sunday 25th August has been confirmed as The Lego Movie 2.        See about the film.Facbook small icon
Doors open beforehand.       The film is from 10am.       Entry £2.15 per person on the door.        Savoy calls them supportive screenings.       They are autism-friendly but all are welcome.       Click icon for more information & to log interest.        Look out for GAIN announcements of Grantham supportive screenings on Mondays periodically.

Related Calendar – The Groove …

Signposting

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

The Groove

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

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These events, on our Related Calendar, are NOT put on by GAIN but may be of interest.              See also Local Groups for autism support groups in the South Lincolnshire and beyond.             They put on events in their area.

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

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.

Signposting

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 westmids.office@contact.org.uk 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: elizabeth.elvidge@lincolnshireautisticsociety.org.uk .       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 paactsupport@hotmail.co.uk 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:  contact@laafs.org 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.

Summer Fun

Contact East Midlands has put together a bulletin of summer activities.         Click icon to browse.          Venues include Nottingham and Leicester.          The sailing session is the other side of Nottingham.

Dysart Park Fun Day

GAIN will have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 1st July 2018, 11am to after 4pm.         Click poster thumbnail for official information.          See also 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 leave them at the Belton Lane Children’s Centre, with the receptionist OR contact GAIN at
(01476) 855 070 to arrange to drop off or collect.

Playtowers

Playtowers special needs evening every Thursday from 28th June.      Venue is at Rochford Tower lane, Boston., PE21 9RH.        £6.95 per person, including meal and drink.          Click thumbnail for poster.

Little Steps support

An opportunity to chat/laugh/cry/celebrate the ‘little steps’ etc. 13th June at the Jubilee Church Life Centre, Grantham.

Challenging decisions

Free workshops about Education, Health and Care, EHC, plans:

  • Tribunals, 18 May, Northampton.          See poster
  • Challenging decisions, 18 June, Northampton.          See poster
  • Challenging decisions, 20 June, Nottingham.          See poster

SEND Workshops

  1.  Workshop about SEND legislation on 18th May in Navenby, near Lincoln.         For parents without an EHC plan.
  2.  Workshop about the EHC process on 15th June in Spalding.          For parents entering or in the EHC process.

Click icon on the right for details.          See also:  booking form  – download        SEN/EHC information        SEN/EHC support

Carers’ event

Carers FIRST are hosting a carer’s event promoting carer’s week on Monday 11th June at Carers First office, 28 Market Place, Grantham. NG31 6LR.        Phone:  0300 303 1555

The event is to highlight services that are available to carer’s who may help them in their caring role.

Fun on the farm

Free event on Saturday 16th June at Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JR.           Click icon for details and to book.         See also map.

Curly Hair Project

The Curly Hair Project is putting on talks on aspects of autism around  the country.          Tickets from about £20.           Click icon for their full list of  events.

  • Wed May 23: ASD and Females – Workshop, Peterborough

Sounds of the 60s

Linkage are putting on a disco on Friday 11th May from 8pm ‘til late at The County Assembly Rooms, 76 Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR.        This is a fundraising event for a learning centre at Boultham Park.         Click thumbnail to book.

Peterborough Meet-up

Autism Peterborough are organising a meet-up for Thursday 19th April at the Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Peterborough, PE2 9RE.        Friendly chat over cup tea and coffee.    With a Tombola stand and special guest stands …          Click icon to for more information.         See also local groups.

Autism Conference

Lincolnshire Autism Conference, Thursday 22nd March 2018 at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QG.          Click icon to book your place.           Please return this form to janet.corcoran@talk21.com or her postal address on the form.

SEND consultation

Lincolnshire County Council is developing a new strategy for special education.                   The Lincolnshire  Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) is keen for parents to have their say.        Click icon for survey form.           Open until 14th March 2018.          See also:  LPCF information

The Groove

An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers.          Saturday 10th March, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, GranthamNG31 6PZ.        Click icon for more information.         See also map.

Signposting

Lincolnshire Parent Carer  Forum will be putting on a free signposting and information event on Wednesday 24th January at The Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6NF – see Map.            Click icon for poster.          See also LPCF Events.

Bourne talks

The Curly Hair Project is putting on talks on aspects of autism around  the country.          Several are planned for Bourne at Rippingdale Village Hall, Station Street, PE10 0TA.            See map.            Tickets from £19.70.

See also full list of Curly Hair Project events.

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GAIN Calendar

Facbook small iconEvents are often publicised on Facebook first.        Click Facebook icon to view list of GAIN events.         See Home page for event posts – click red icon to view.        See also Events page for background information about events.

For reference, see:  School terms        These apply to schools in Lincolnshire.

2019 – coming up

  • 16 Sep GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
  • 14 Oct GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.        (Half term 19-28 Oct)
  • 18 Nov GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
    (The December coffee date is so near to the end of term and Christmas that we plan to skip it)

Click this calendar icon for autism-related events put on by other groups/organisations

Past events

GAIN Family/Darts evenings are on weekly the winter season.       The team plays every Thursday from October 4th 2018 through to 28th March 2019.
Parents can turn up on any Thursday for a chat with Paul, our autism dad.        We post for particular dates to give GAIN parents more of a focus – click red icon above to find them.

  • 17 Sep 2018 GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
  • 15 Oct GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
  • 19 Nov GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
    (The December coffee date is so near to the end of term and Christmas that we plan to skip it)
  • 21 Jan 2019 GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
    (We plan to skip February for coffee since the 3rd Thursday clashes with half term)
  • 18 Mar GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
    (We plan to skip April for coffee since the 3rd Thursday clashes with Easter school holidays).
  • 20 May GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham..
  • 17 Jun GAIN Coffee Morning / Belton Lane Children’s and Community Centre,  Off Princess Drive, Grantham.
    (The July coffee date is near to the end of the school year and we plan to skip it)

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Bowling – Ancaster – 29 Aug

GAIN are incredibly happy to announce Autism-friendly ten pin bowling at Ancaster Bowling Alley, Ancaster, NG32 3PY.       Thursday August 29th, 2-4pm.        £3 per child.       See map.

Facbook small iconTo find out more and book your place on a first come, first served basis click Facebook icon.       There are 30 places available in total. 

Coffee – 16 Sep

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 16th September 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.

Trampolining – 18 Sep

GAIN are incredibly happy to announce our autism-friendly Trampolining Session on Wed 18th September at Jump RevolutionUnit 23 Springfield ind estate, GranthamNG31 7FZ.
Arrive by 6:45pm for a 7pm start.        Finish 8pm.        Cost £6 per child ( + £1.50 for special socks 1st time).         Phone Jump Revolution to book at 01476 500 137.      Before arrival at the park you need to sign this on-line waiver.        Click icon for more details.

Grantham screenings re-starting

We are very happy to announce that GAIN Supported Screenings (also known as Autism Friendly or Relaxed Screenings) are now re-starting at the new Savoy Cinema site.        Click picture for up-coming GAIN events, or scroll up, to find details of the latest screenings.

Cinema – Stamford – 19 Aug

GAIN are proud to announce the screening of Angry Birds 2, on Monday, 19th August, at the Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, PE9 2DL.

Doors open at 1:30pm.        Facbook small iconThe film is from 2pm to about 4pm.        All tickets £5.       All screenings are autism-friendly.         All are welcome.         Click icon for more information & to log your interest.        To receive emails for GAIN events see Become a member.

Cinema – Stamford – 3 Aug

GAIN are proud to announce the screening of Toy Story 4, on Saturday, 3rd August, at the Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, PE9 2DL.

Doors open at 1:30pm.        Facbook small iconThe film is from 2pm to about 4pm.        All tickets £5.       All screenings are autism-friendly.         All are welcome.         Click icon for more information & to log your interest.        To receive emails for GAIN events see Become a member.