Hello everyone and welcome to the first Autism Together in the Community Newsletter!

Here we will be keeping you up to date with any exciting events we have planned that you can take part in, all the local Autism Friendly activities and of course anything we find out to do with the world of ASD that we think you will be interested in.

50th Appeal

We are starting this year with a BANG and celebrating our 50th birthday with the launch of our Future 50 Appeal.

We hope to raise a total of £2.5million to build a world leading Assessment and Diagnostic Centre right here on the Wirral!  Follow this link for further details on our appeal and how you can help us reach our target, every penny counts!

Visit our Future 50 website

Autism Friendly Events

Cheshire Oaks Autism Friendly – Tuesday, 6th March – 5-8pm – Cheshire Oaks are part of our Autism Champions and once a month they host an autism friendly shopping experience, where lights are dimmed, music turned low, quiet spaces and if you go straight to the visitors centre you can collect a map of the site and an alert card you can use to show a member of staff if you require any assistance.

Mattel Play – Wednesday, 28th February from 5 – 7pm (£7 per child with 2 carers free)

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 even offer discounted tickets and all cinemas accept CEA Cards.

Vue Cinema, Birkenhead, Cheshire Oaks – Paddington 2 on Sunday, 25th February at 10:15am.

Odeon, Bromborough & Liverpool 1 – Early Man on Sunday, 25th February at 10:15am

Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – The Greatest Showman on Sunday, 11th March at 10am.

FACT cinema, Liverpool – Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s on Saturday, 24th February at 11:30am.

Swinging 70’s Night

The Queen’s Royal Hotel

Marine Promenade, Wallasey CH45 2JT

New Brighton

7.30pm Thursday 29th March 2018
Dance the night away to the fabulous Contact
Drinks reception, retro chicken n’ chips in a basket

Tickets £20

Remember the 1970’s when fashion was about individuality, mini skirts, bell-bottoms, the androgynous glam rock and disco styles that introduced platform shoes, kipper ties, bright colours, glitter, and satin.

Remember those heady days before Facebook and twitter, when google was googol and just a very big number.

Why not relive those glory days, celebrate the start of the Easter Break and support our Future 50 Appeal.

Enjoy great food and great entertainment. Dance the night away to the swinging sounds of the 70’s from the best covers band in the North West, Contact.

Relive the decade that saw the rise of disco, funk, smooth jazz, glam rock, reggae, hip hop  but kept its soul.

Champagne reception, Chicken n’ chips in a basket, live music and late bar

Tickets only £20

Download poster here

Parents & Carers Workshop

Autism Together’s Children and Family service have an exciting new workshop coming up for parents and carers of children with ASD aged 0-18 years. The workshop will be held on Friday, 16th March from 10am – 3pm at Wallasey Town Hall and is completely FREE to attend!

It will cover many topics including person centred planning, transitions and Education, Health and Care Plans. Booking is essential, so please contact 0151 666 9960 to reserve your place.

Download: Person Centred Planning Transitions and EHCP Workshop 16th March

Autism’s Got Talent

Autism Together and autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE have joined forces to bring the Autism’s Got Talent Roadshow, a live show celebrating the diverse talents of children and adults with autism, to Merseyside.

The roadshow will be visiting Merseyside in November 2018 and we are already on the lookout for the best talent the North West has to offer.

Autism’s Got Talent was established by charity Anna Kennedy Online and the event has previously been held at London’s Mermaid Theatre and has also toured to the North East. Previous events have included artists from around the world, including Croatia, Canada and the US and have also showcased former X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contestants and world class gymnasts.

If you would like to submit an audition video please send it in by 31st May.  Shortlisted acts will be asked to perform in the live show at the Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton on 23rd November 2018. For more info visit www.autismtogether.co.uk/agt

Car Boot Sale

With spring just around the corner and fingers crossed for dry weather, we are hosting another car boot sale due to the success of our trial last year and demand from our supporters!

The next car boot sale will be held on Saturday, 14th April from 9am – 12noon in Bromborough Pool Garden Centre car park; spaces are just £6 per car and entry is completely free!

The garden centre will also be open throughout the morning selling bacon butties, hot drinks, cakes and lots more. So pop on down, grab yourself a bargain, treat yourself to some breakfast and then browse the lovely plants!

If you would like to book a space at the car boot, please email us on fundraising@autismtogether.co.uk or call 0151 334 7510 – spaces sold out very quickly last year so don’t delay.