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.
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. (new)
Workshops for families with children diagnosed with autism in Lincoln on 10 May and 7 Jun. Click icon for details.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be putting on a general signposting event on Wed 22 May in Lincoln,
An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and support workers. Saturday 27th July, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. Click icon for more information. See also map.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: email@example.com . She would like to hear from you by the end of March, if possible.
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.
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 is putting on several workshops at St Peter and St Paul’s Church hall, Skellingthorpe Rd, Lincoln, LN6 7RB. Email Gordon Forsyth at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- 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
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
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.
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.
Free training session for parents and professionals on 29th Nov at Huntingtower Primary School, Grantham, NG31 7AU. Click icon for more information / booking.
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.
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.
Thursday 6th September, London Road Pavillion, Louth, LN11 9QP, 10am – 3pm. Registration, tea & coffee from 9.15am. Email LAAFS: email@example.com 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:
- On 21st August with a Greatest Showman themed performance arts workshop. Click on link to book your place.
- Then on 28th August, another workshop. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See Mamma Mia!
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.
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.
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 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.
An opportunity to chat/laugh/cry/celebrate the ‘little steps’ etc. 13th June at the Jubilee Church Life Centre, Grantham.
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
- Workshop about SEND legislation on 18th May in Navenby, near Lincoln. For parents without an EHC plan.
- Workshop about the EHC process on 15th June in Spalding. For parents entering or in the EHC process.
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.
Free event on Saturday 16th June at Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JR. Click icon for details and to book. See also map.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or her postal address on the form.
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
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, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. Click icon for more information. See also map.
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.
- ASD and anxiety, Thursday 23 Nov 2017
- ASD and meltdowns. Thursday 7 Dec 2017
- ASD and socialising, Thursday 11 Jan 2018
- ASD and challenging behaviour, Thursday 1 Feb 2018
See also full list of Curly Hair Project events.
Autism Peterborough are putting on a conference on Sunday 17th December at Omiston Bushfield Academy, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ. The guest speaker will be Geoff Evans and the title will be The sensory world and challenging behaviour. £1 donation on the day. See also: map local groups – about Autism Peterborough.
Parents and Autistic Children Together hold monthly morning and evening meetings in Lincoln. They also put on a monthly afternoon games club. See also about PAACT.
PAACT swimming starts back this SATURDAY 28th January 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. You can start getting access to the changing rooms by 5:10 pm if you need the time to change. The swimming is at, North Kesteven sports centre, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX. Below are the dates for the years session we have booked. the cost is £3 per child and £2 per adult.
January 28th February-25th March-25th April-22nd May-20th June-24th July-22nd August-12th September-23rd October-21st November-25th December-09th.
PAACT invites you to their annual conference in Lincoln. It will be on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at the Lincolnshire Showground, the same as last year. Click icon for poster.
To book space for a display stand use this form as well as the attendance form.. The £50 covers the stand and one person. Additional people are £30 each.
For more information contact: email@example.com See also directions for venue with Map .
Specsavers in Lincoln High Street, LN5 7DW, hold quiet clinics on the first Sunday of every month, 10am until 4pm. These clinics have been planned in consultation with local support groups such as Canadda and PAACT. Click icon for more information.
Have your say
The closing date to have your say about delays in getting GP appointments is 10 Nov 2017. See survey. It only takes about 5 minutes.
- They have availability from Wednesday 6th to Thursday 28th September and Wednesday 4th to Saturday 21st October, all at the rate of £170 for up to 4 nights and £300 for a week.
- Contact on 07742 565382 most times and days to discuss further details. See Take a break for more about Magic Moments and other specialist providers.
CANadda event: Tuesday 31st October 2017, Autistics Together which will be held from 9am – 3.30pm at The Engine Shed, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS. This event is for adults only (no under 16’s). Cick icon on the left for poster. See also booking.
Lincolnshire Autistic Society coffee morning at Castle Cafe and Bar, Albion Street, Spalding, PE11 2AJ on Sunday 20th August 2017, 10am onwards. Their first Sunday event. Click thumbnail for poster.
Book with Patrick Downing: 01775 248 470.
Supported by BBC Children in Need, Linkage are able to offer free places at a Holiday Club at Weelsby Campus, Grimsby, DN32 9RU, between the 24th and 28th July 2017 from 10am – 3pm each day. This is an exciting opportunity for 13-18 year olds with disabilities or additional needs to make new friends and have fun whilst trying new activities. Updated details taken from an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have just run a very successful ASIST course in Lincoln and have another one planned for July 25/ 26th. We hope these dates will be particularly suitable for those working in education, or anyone that wants to enjoy a few summer days in beautiful Lincoln.
See also booking terms.
Prom 19 is to be a concert suitable for children and adults with autism… . 12 mid-day, Saturday 29 Jul 2017 Royal Albert Hall, London. Programme to include music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini and Johann Strauss II, as well as Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’ and the ‘Doctor Who’ theme. See details. The Proms on TV page does not seem to feature this concert, though.
GAIN is to have a stall at The Dysart Park Fun Day again this year, on Sunday 2nd July 2017, 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.
On June 18 every year, organisations around the world celebrate Autistic Pride Day, with events around the world. See awareness days
If you have experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) in Lincolnshire, you can give them your feedback. These are for parents and young people. See: parents young people Both versions close on 31st May 2017.
Please book your place on this amazing evening where our warm up act will be Andrew Whitehouse who is responsible for putting PAACT and Robyn together. The evening starts at 7:00pm through to 9:30pm on June 6th at Lincoln College. The cost is £20.00. There is a limit of 60 places for this evening talk. To book your place on this talk please email email@example.com.
Sleaford additional needs group, Rainbow stars, and Grantham disabled children’s society are joining forces for a family day at Sleaford rugby club on the 27th of May 2017. Click icon on the right to log your interest. See their organisation page for more detail.
This is a free expert-led event about the challenges of and provision for autism and complex needs. It will be in Leicester on 16th May. See details to book your place.
Family Activity: exclusive event for families with children on the Autistic spectrum, ADHD or Learning difficulties. Tuesday 11th April 2017, 5 – 8pm. £6.50 per adult and per child. PAACT needs at least 30 to take part in this activity.
See also: website map
A holiday club with a free day out for 13-18 year olds with disabilities or additional needs. 3rd-7th April 2017, 10am – 3pm. Toynton Campus, Toynton All Saints, Spilsby, PE23 5AE. Book before 17th March. See also map.
Lincolnshire Autism Conference, Thursday 23rd March 2017 at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QG. Click icon to book your place simply to attend. Please return this form to firstname.lastname@example.org or her postal address – on the form. GAIN will be represented there.
Here is the Invitation to set up a display/stall at the conference, complete with application form. For more information contact Gordon Forsyth at email@example.com or 07847 5073. See also Map with directions. Please be aware that Gordon is currently using the Lincolnshire Autistic Society email address for returning display booking forms and enquiries.
Following on from requests from parents and professionals Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) will be holding self-harm talks and workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017 in South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SS. Click icon for more information. See also LPCF Newsletter.
If you have experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) in Lincolnshire, there may just be time to voice any concerns you have to your GP, or who ever made the referral, so that they can take them into account when filling in the survey for professionals. The idea, as you might imagine, is to help to improve their services. See Home for more information. The post is currently at the top. The survey closes on 28th Feb.
My name is Sahibur Rahman, I study at the University of Lincoln. I am currently undergoing research for my dissertation which focuses on the way media affects autistic individuals, and as a marketing student, how in particular adverts can be/are catered to autistic people. As its a topic regarding autistic people I was wondering if I was able to get in contact with individuals who are parents to autistic children or are autistic themselves.
I would conclude a one to one meeting with them and it would be completely confidential. I understand this is quite forward and giving such information out is a problem, however this would help my study massively. Email: SahiburRahman@hotmail.com (Sent: 20 Jan 2017) She could travel as far as Grantham if need be.
A free two day program of information and workshops highlighting the many issues around the transition from childhood to adulthood. 23rd & 24th February 2017, at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, LN1 3DY. Book either or both using form.