15/03/2019

What better way to start our monthly newsletter than to let you know about a show-stopping event taking place on Sunday 16June at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

We are proud to invite you to a sensory explosion of music; from the heart-pumping chorus of the Carmina Burana, to the foot-tapping Marriage of Figaro Overture and the pomp and drama of Tchaikovsky, all in aid of our Future 50 Appeal.

Not a classical music fan?  Don’t worry – we’ve chosen the most popular classics. This is roof-raising stuff and you are sure to love it!

Tickets can be purchased here https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/autism-together-future-50

Austin and Louise’s Story

Our film, Austin and Louise’s story, is being screened in North West cinemas and online this spring. The short ad tells the story of autistic man, Austin, and his mum, Louise, and the desperation that some parents with autistic children can feel. We want to draw attention to the lack of specialist autism care available in this country, and what we are aiming to do to change this.

You can view our advert, read expert blogs and see what went on behind the scenes at www.autismtogether.co.uk/future50

To donate £5 to the ad campaign please text AUTISM to 70456.

A Night at the Movies

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day 2019, we are taking over the Light Cinema in New Brighton to show a special screening of the new Disney film Dumbo, autism-friendly of course! On Tuesday, 2ndApril at 6:30pm.

Tickets are just £6 per person and include a free popcorn and donation to Autism Together – a great way to celebrate with all the family and raise awareness of autism. You can purchase your tickets from our main office in Bromborough, from any of our kids clubs or pop down to Bromborough Pool Garden Centre to get them there too.

Autism-friendly means that there will be no adverts before the film so it will go straight to feature at 6:30pm, the lights will be slightly raised and volume slightly lowered. As it is a relaxed performance you will not be asked to remain seated or to be quiet.

Autism in Girls – Guest Blog

As part of international Women’s Day, we posted a guest blog written by Micah who describes the difference of autism in girls and how they can be misunderstood and go undiagnosed.

Read the full blog piece here and let us know your thoughts.

Easter Egg Hunt

We have teamed up with Benty Farm Tearooms in Thurstaston to host a special Easter Egg hunt on Sunday, 21stApril. We will be there from 10am where you can come take part in the egg hunt and gather clues to win a prize, we will also have plenty of Easter crafts and special ‘blue autism eggs’ hidden nearby to win an extra chocolate treat!

Autism-friendly activities

Plenty going on in and around Wirral and Liverpool over the next month and all Autism-Friendly! From cinema trips, to visits at the museum, get these dates in your diary.

If you are aware of any other regular autism-friendly events taking place, please get in touch and let us know.

Morrison’s Supermarket, Quiet Hour – Every Saturday 9-10am.

Morrison’s superstores will be hosting a quiet hour from 9 – 10am. During this time, they will have no stock cages on the shop floor, they will also stop all tannoy announcements and music and ensure the scanners are set to silent on the checkouts and self-scan stations. They’ll even dim the lights. Great effort, Morrison’s, we wish you luck!

Asda, Arrowe Park & Liscard Quiet Hour – Every Tuesday from 10am – 11am.

Arrowe Park Asda will be trialling quiet hours to help people with additional needs. Why not pop along and see for yourself – Autism Together will be there on Tuesday, 12thFebruary with information about our services.

Mattel Play, Liverpool – Wednesday 27th March  – 4:30-6:30pm (£7 per child with 2 carers for free).

Capacity is limited during these sessions to ensure a calm and relaxed experience for all guests. Mattel Play are also one of Autism Together’s Champions and host monthly sessions. They also run quiet sessions every week-day morning from 9:20 -11:20am. The perfect chance to go with the little ones during term time.

Cinema Screenings
Autism-friendly cinema screenings are great for the whole family, the volume is lowered and the lights are raised, there is also no adverts before the film as it goes straight to feature. Most cinemas offer discounted tickets and all cinemas accept CEA Cards.

Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks – will be showing Hey Duggee on Sunday, 31stMarch at 10:15am.

Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – will be showing Dumbo on Sunday, 14thApril at 10am.

FACT Cinema, Liverpool – will be showing Big Hero 6 on Sunday, 17thMarch at 11:30am.

Odeon Cinema, Bromborough & Liverpool – will be showing The Kid Who Would be King on Sunday, 24thMarch at 10:15am.

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Will now be hosting regular autism-friendly sessions that will take place on the first Saturday of each month. Their next session will be on Saturday, 2ndFebruary from 9am – 10am. Families will be able to benefit from a discounted price of £2.50 per child on attractions until 10am.

Infunity, Flintshire – Host regular autism friendly sessions on the 1stMonday of every month from 6 – 7:30pm. Booking is essential and costs £5 per child with carers free. Infunity is a large indoor play area for children aged 0-12 years with different zones and areas and a café for drinks and snacks. Check out their website below for images and further details.

http://www.infunity.co.uk/

Autism-friendly Yoga Classes– Hug a Mug coffee shop in Liverpool are partnering up with Mitchy Titch Inclusive Kids Yoga to offer autism-friendly yoga classes to explore mindfulness and relaxation for children aged 4+. For further details and how to book a space, please follow the link below.

http://www.autismtogether.co.uk/autism-friendly-yoga-classes/

Air Unlimited, Liverpool– autism-friendly sessions take places every Sunday from 9-1am and every Monday from 6-8pm. You can bounce for 2 hours for just £6.50 and its free for parents and carers; there are complimentary refreshments for jumpers and designated quiet rooms also available. Pre-booking is recommended as these sessions are very popular.

https://www.airunlimited.co.uk/activity/air-autism/

Spring City, Liverpool– autism-friendly trampolining takes place every Sunday 10-11am and every Thursday 6-8pm. One of our very own Autism Champions, these sessions offer you the chance to bounce as a family in area that understands your needs.

https://springcity.co.uk/sessions/spring-inclusive

Cat Café, Manchester– are now hosting quiet hours and kids and cats autism-friendly session.  These differ slightly as their lighting is dimmed, music is set to very low and featuring only calming tracks. Larger and noisier parties will not be accepted during this time and the amount of people in the café is reduced with coffee beans being pre-ground in preparation. These sessions are just £10pp and carers do not need to book as their time in the café is free.

Quiet hours are held on Sundays from 10am – 11am next one on Sunday, 17thMarch

Kids and Cats autism-friendly next takes place on Wednesday 10thand 17thApril from 9 – 10am.

For further details and to book please visit www.catcafe.co.uk