- 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.
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.
Parents and Autistic Children Together hold monthly morning and eventing 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.
These events, on our Reltated 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 Jackie at 07872 444 284 to arrange to drop off, or she can collect if it’s not out of her way
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Avoiding difficulties and holiday disasters.
1st & 3rd December, Ermine Library, Lincoln, LN2 2BT.
See Lincolnshire ADHD Support for contact details. This is the group that is putting on these events.
They have more up-coming events too.
Linkage is opening a new independent college campus on the edge of Boultham Park in Lincoln, LN6 7ST and are inviting applications for courses commencing September 2017. Whatever your learning difficulty or disability (SEN) Linkage offers a personalised experience.
Click icon for information on the vocational courses on offer and dates of open days when parents and young people are invited to view the site and meet with college staff who will be able to provide more information on courses, support etc. See also: map prospectus open days
If you would like to book a place on any of the open days or have queries on specific issues please contact the college admissions team on:
- (01472) 372310
PAACT is taking over the Lincoln conference from the LAS. It will be on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at the Lincolnshire Showground, the same as last year.
Here is a summary of the Talks at the conference and a booking Form to simply attend the event. Click icon for poster. The price, including lunch, is £30 each for parents and £65 each for professionals. GAIN will be represented there.
For more information contact: email@example.com Gordon Forsyth: 07847 5073. See also Map with directions.
Meet the team
This is an invitation for parents, carers and professionals to three events across the county to meet the learning disabilities specialist community services in Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust as well as the Autism Liaison Services. See poster.
1st Nov, am, Lincoln, LN6 8RN 9th Nov, am, Boston, PE21 6JN 9th Nov, pm, Grantham, NG31 9DF
This event will enable parents and carers to understand their rights under the law, know and be able to use the structures and systems that work with schools and colleges, and to understand the range of support and options available to young people on the Autistic Spectrum from outside the school or college system. Thursday, 20th October, 1pm – 3pm at Louth Town Hall.
Zumbathon for Harrison, Friday 14th October, 7pm for 7:30, Grosvenor House Hotel, Imperial Ballroom. Skegness, tickets £7 at the door. See: poster
For children and young people with special needs … be inspired by your artistic surroundings and the lively atmosphere of cultural venues. You will experiment with many forms of sound-making and go on a creative journey which transforms YOUR ideas and experiences into unique and wonderful music!
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 17th September, 12:30 – 2:30pm, £8 per family. See: website for more information.
Count me in
Dyslexia and dyscalculia
Andrew Whitehouse delivers these and many more workshops throughout the country. See Outline
- The first workshop will be on Friday 16th September 10:00am till 12:30pm at St Peter’s and st Paul’s Church hall Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, LN6 7RB and it will be on Dyslexia
- The second workshop will be on Monday 26th September 10:00 till 12:30 again at St Peter’s and St Paul’s church hall Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, LN6 7RB and it will be on Dyscalculia.
Replies to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the workshops are £10 each. Please send a cheque made payable to PAACT and send to Gordon Forsyth 4 Hatton Close Hartsholme Lincoln LN6 0BG. There is no booking form just your reply and cheque. Once I have received both I will confirm your booking.
Free Signposting & Information event. This event is for parents/carers of a child or young person with SEN or a disability. There will be lots of information for you and your family. Information stands attending will be listed on our website as soon as they are confirmed. Hosted by Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum at Billingay, Lincoln, LN4 4EX on Saturday 10th September 2016. See map.
The Children’s Sleep Society are running a number of Sleep Success workshops throughout Lincolnshire in partnership with Family Fund. All workshops run from 9.30am to 2.30pm and we still have places left on all dates.
The places are for parents of children with additional needs and the dates and locations are as follows :
- 27th June 2016 The Len Medlock Volunteer Centre, St. Georges Rd, Boston, PE21 8YB
- 28th June The Meeting Venue, A1 Northbound, Stoke Rochford Services, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 5EW
- 29th September Greetwell Place, 2 Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln, LN2 4US
- 30th September The Meeting Venue, A1 Northbound, Stoke Rochford Services, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG33 5EW
- 5th October Aura Skegness Business Centre, Heath Road, Wainfleet Road Industrial Estate, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 3SJ
- 17th October Greetwell Place, 2 Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln, LN2 4US
- 18th October The Len Medlock Volunteer Centre, St. Georges Rd, Boston PE21 8YB
The workshop places are only for the parents to attend and not their child and they are free to all parents. If anyone would like to book a place then please could they email email@example.com
South Holland forum
“Do you consider that you have a disability? A new group the South Holland Disability Forum has now been set up to hear your voices and focus on your abilities and not disabilities, says Karen Johnson – community development officer at South Holland District Council.” “Please come along and join us for an informal chat and a drink at our next meeting.”
Thursday, August 11 at Tonic Health, Broadgate House, Westlode Street, Spalding, PE11 2AF. See article for more detail.
- Family Services Directory lists many activities and events. Use the location field to narrow down the search.
- SK Today might be worth a look. Scroll down to page 22 for summer activities in South Kesteven, 2016.
- Summer Fun brochure from South Holland District Council.
- What’s on in Boston has some events for children and families.
- See also Wider Area activities.
Bamboozle is currently putting on experiences over the summer for children with Autism and their families to take part in a multi-sensory performance called the Cherished Isle. These productions take place in our regional theatres and are free to all who attend.
firstname.lastname@example.org 0116 2552065
Magic Moments have a caravan seven miles from Skegness. PAACT support group says it has had good feedback about them. It is available to any family affected by disability or illness. Prices are discounted. Booking is on a first come first served basis, so please get in touch as soon as possible. (Terms & conditions)
The current availability is: arriving the afternoon of Sunday 3rd July to departing the morning of Monday 11th July. Reduced from £400 a week/£220 for up to 4 nights to £200 a week/£110 for up to 4 nights.
The last 3 stays available in the school summer holidays are:
- arrive the afternoon of Tuesday 19th July to departing the morning of Monday 25th July (up to 6 nights)
- arrive the afternoon of Friday 5th August to departing the morning of Tuesday 9th August (upto 4 nights)
- arrive the afternoon of Saturday 3rd September to when the schools go back.
These are priced at £250 for up to 4 nights. The advertised price is £460 for up to a week but as there are only 6 nights available, we will over that 6 night stay at £380
The rest of September and October up until departure on the morning of Saturday 29th continue to be available at £300 for the week and £170 for up to 4 nights.
Sunday swimming is back starting on Sunday 12th June at North Kesteven School with new Changing Village changing rooms rather than the
separate male female changing rooms. We have the use of the main pool and small pool but the slide is not available due to cost.
The cost for swimming is £3 per child young adult £2 per adult.
Swimming has a further two dates booked July 17th and August 21st. Same times and price.
If you can book your place for either activity please see Facebook icon. See Local groups and scroll down to PAACT for more information.
Sunday 3rd July from 11am in Dysart Park, Grantham, NG31 6JD, See map.
Free entry. GAIN will be represented there with a tombola.
Facing the future
Workshops for parents and carers in Louth, Stamford, Boston, Lincoln coming up in June and July. See poster
Do you want to find out more about the help available to support you in your caring role? Spalding Community Hall, PE113AU,
Friday 29th April, 10am -12:30pm.
Seminars for families – 2016
- Understanding Autism: This provides information and advice to parents and carers whose children have a diagnosis of autism and who are of school age (5 – 16 years).,
Includes: The Showroom, Lincoln, 10 May, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Grantham, 07 Jun, Sleaford Rugby Club, Sleaford, 05 Oct.
- Managing Anger: This is for parents or carers whose child has a diagnosis of autism and is experiencing difficulties managing their
emotions, which in turn can lead to difficulties with anger, anxiety, distressed behaviour and meltdowns.
Includes: Sleaford Rugby Club, Sleaford, 20 Apr, The Showroom, Lincoln, 15 Jun, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Grantham, 3 Oct.
- Sensory Needs: This is for parents or carers whose child has a diagnosis of autism and who would like more information on sensory
differences that their child may be experiencing. Includes: The Showroom, Lincoln, 23 May, New Life Centre, Sleaford, 22 Jun.
As some of you may already be aware the Autism Partnership Board has a fifth group – the Live Experience Forum, this gives people with lived experience of autism, their families and carers and people who are interested in autism the opportunity to get together and share experiences and local information.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 23rd March at 18:30 – 20:30 at Bracebridge Community Centre, Maple Street, Lincoln, LN5 8QT. There is onsite parking available. Katie Faherty, Adult Care, Lincolnshire County Council, 01522 553 864. See their website for more about them.
Jane Wants a Boyfriend
An autism-themed love story is due for release as a film in the USA this spring – 2016. It might be worth looking out for news about
availability in the UK on or after March 21st. With any luck, it should be available for download in this country on that date.
See Jane Wants a Boyfriend for information and a video clip – trailer. Take care, as of Apr 2016 early download option is on a new and untested website. Probably better to wait for a safer option.
Lincolnshire Autism Conference
Here is the flyer for the Lincolnshire Autistic Society’s (LAS) conference, Thu 10th March 2016. One of the morning speakers is assistant head of Gosberton House School, which is an additional needs primary school near Spalding. See LAS website for updates.
GAIN will be represented there.
Anxiety & Meltdowns
Gina Davies, a qualified speech and language therapist, will be sharing her expertise and ideas on anxiety and meltdowns on the morning of Saturday 13th February 2016 at St Peter & St Paul Parish Centre, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, LN6 7RB. The price is £20. Refreshments (homemade cake and hot and cold drinks) are included in the ticket price. See: Poster Booking form.
The Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary on 4th Feb 2016. The event will be opened by the Minister of Children and Families, Edward Timpson. See: Xmas news letter and LPCF Website for more information.
Lincolnshire Autism Conference
Belatedly, here is the flyer for the Lincolnshire Autistic Society’s (LAS) conference, Tue 10th November 2015. See: Agenda
Talk titles Speaker biographies Displayers Letter Sheet to return Sheet to return
If you have a 6 – 16 year old child with an autism diagnosis, and you think you might like him or her to take part in an on-line study into emotion recognition in autism spectrum disorder, click university logo. See also Information sheet.
This includes where to find study results. Publicity is dated 1st June 2015.
Ros Blackburn, a national & international speaker, will be holding a meeting in Lincoln on
Thursday 11th June 2015. Click icon on the left to view poster.
There is also an Booking form.
Vote for Canadda
Canadda are bidding for funding from the Aviva Community Fund. They want to expand their services to provide much needed drop-in advice sessions and social events for adults on the autism spectrum. They would like you to register and vote for their bid. Click picture on the left for more information and to vote. Scroll down the Aviva page to see the detail of the Canadda bid. The vote will close on 30st May at midnight.
To stop emails from Aviva you can delete your profile, once you have logged in, by selecting My profile in the top right corner of the screen, then clicking contact us under the Delete profile heading.
It would probably be better to wait until after the vote closes to do this, though.
1. Transition To secondary school for children with additional needs. Skegness 16th April 2015.
2. Preparing for adulthood for children with additional needs. Lincoln 23rd April, Gainsborough 6th May.
Family Fun Day
This will be a fundraising event in Sleaford, with proceeds going to the National Autistic Society and local autistic groups.
It is planned for 30th May 2015, at Sleaford Rugby club, NG34 8SP.
It will include many many attractions:
- Bar, BBQ
- Fun Fair, Archery, 175ft Bungee Jump, 5 a side football competition
- Car boots, Stalls: including one for GAIN
- Live bands, Fly Pasts, Vintage cars, bikes, trikes, engine displays, Central German
- Shepherd Rescue dog show
Bourne Youth Centre will be doing plenty of Easter crafts and cooking as well as getting away down to Rutland Water at least one day in each week. They will swim every day and keep the young people entertained whatever their frame of mind.
For more information click icon or phone 01778 426134.
Skegness Coffee Morning
Saturday 29th November 2014 at Welborn, LN5 0LZ, about half way from Grantham to Lincoln on the A607.
“An opportunity for you to step away from your busy lives and to reflect on the key principles of living mindfully.”
See: Flier Booking form For alternative events, see: Organiser’s website.
To find out about Mindfulness, see: Treatments & Therapies.
Lincolnshire Autism Conference
This is an annual event. This year it will be on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the Epic Centre, near Lincoln, LN2 2NA. Many groups will be represented, including GAIN. Many individuals attend this event. See:
Ask the experts
Day of presentations and workshops on 14 October 2014 in Shefield. See: Website for more information and to book.