Spring has sprung here at Autism Together and we couldn’t be gladder for the fresh air and sunny skies!
We have plenty of events and activities for the whole family happening over the next couple of months so please stay tuned to our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest. In the meantime, don’t forget to pop down to Bromborough Pool Garden Centre and place your orders for our fabulous hanging baskets. Pick your own hanging basket plants for just 75p each or 10 for £7; or how about a tray bedding plants for just £2 and visit our lovely café whilst your there for a spot of afternoon tea.
Wirral Coastal Walk
Registration is now open for the Wirral Coastal Walk 2018. With just £5 entry per adult and £1 per child. Why not gather your friends, family and colleagues and walk on behalf of Autism Together!
Taking place on Sunday, 24th June, the 15 mile walk along Wirral’s beautiful coastline between Seacombe Ferry and Thurstaston is a fabulous day out for the whole family.
By choosing to walk for Autism Together you will receive your very own FREE T-Shirt to wear with pride on the day and we will also pre-stamp your registration forms, so on the day you don’t need to queue up and you can start your walk whenever you choose!
To register your party, please follow the link below for all the details!
Voices of the autism community
We recently launched a new film to mark Autism Together’s 50th Anniversary, which is now on display at the Museum of Liverpool and will be there on exhibit for a whole year.
The film Future Visions: voices of the autism community, asks local people with autism to think ahead to what they would like and hope to achieve over the next 50 years.
A fantastic short movie with a really powerful message, please show your support when you next visit and head to the People’s Republic gallery, then tell us what you think you would like to achieve over the next 50 years.
A seriously fun 5k challenge is coming to Chester Racecourse for the first time this year. Autism Together has booked 30 places on Saturday, 23 June and we are looking for participants!
Fancy taking on the 5k assault course over inflatables with a mixture of foam, mud and fun! It’s time to gather your friends and register with Autism Together for this great event; we have only 30 places available and registration is free when you gather £50 sponsorship.
For further details on how to register, please email email@example.com
Musical Fundraising Success
A recent music event raised nearly £2,000 for Autism Together’s Future 50 Appeal.
When About Autism’s Louise Thornton-Mitty found out about the appeal she enlisted the help of Wallasey singer-songwriter Cal Ruddy to put on an event at Wallasey’s Royal British Legion.
22-year-old Cal has asperger’s syndrome and was determined to raise cash for the services that helped him growing up.
The line-up also included Sam Heller, The Whitty Sisters, Andrew Curran and Southbound Attic Band.
Cal told the Globe: “I’m just so glad that I can use my music as not only a way of bringing a bit of happiness to people’s lives, but for a cause as important as this. Autism Together is a charity I really believe in, as I have Asperger’s Syndrome myself and have my own difficulties due to this. “I was absolutely overwhelmed when Lynda Rummens, a retired secretary at St George’s Medical Centre won a guitar signed by myself. As someone who has done a lot for myself throughout my life, and in my times of struggle, I was so pleased Lynda won it.”
“My family and I have sought a lot of help in understanding autism and asperger’s, and Autism Together have really helped us throughout the years so I felt like it was about time for me to give a little something back, and what a way to help. This money going towards the Future 50 Appeal will help to make a huge difference in people’s lives.”
Thanks Cal and Louise for all your support!
Children & Family Service
The Rainbow Resource Centre has moved back to our main office Wirral Centre for Autism in Birkenhead. However all the services are still running and there’s even some new exciting sibling groups starting too!
This specific service supports children, young people and their families to understand autism and social communication difficulties. They offer a wide range of services including activity clubs for 8 – 18 year olds, Rainbow group for 0-8 year olds, communication groups for 8 – 13 year olds, parenting courses and workshops and the development of a direct payment 1:1 service too.
To speak to a member of the team and find out more about how you and your child can get involved, call 0151 666 9960 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cheshire Oaks Autism Friendly shopping – Tuesday 1st May 5-8pm.
Cheshire Oaks are part of our Autism Champions scheme and once a month they host an autism-friendly shopping experience, where lights are dimmed, music turned low, quiet spaces. 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, Liverpool – Wednesday, 25th April – 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.
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 – showing Early Man on Sunday, 29th April at 10:15am.
Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – showing Sherlock Gnomes on Sunday, 13th May at 10am.
FACT Cinema, Liverpool – showing Tad the Lost Explorer and The Secret of King Midas on Sunday, 29th April at 11:30am.
Odeon Cinema, Bromborough & Liverpool – showing Serlock Gnomes on Sunday, 20th May at 10:15am.
International Slavery Museum in Liverpool will be hosting an autism-friendly session from 10am – 12noon on Sunday 24th June. The Gallery will be open to the public, but this is a quieter time and noise levels in the galleries will be reduced during this time (autism friendly visual guides are available on the Liverpool Museums website).
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool will also be hosting an autism-friendly session from 10am – 12noon on Sunday, 27th May. This is also open to the public, but this is a quieter time and noise levels will be reduced during this time (autism-friendly visual guides are available on the Liverpool Museums website).
World Museum, Liverpool will be hosting 3 special autism-friendly sessions to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition. These will be held at quieter times in the museum and must be pre-booked in advance; tickets can be booked via the kiosk desk in the main entrance or through their website.
Sunday, 24th June – 10am – 12noon
Sunday, 19th August – 10am – 12noon
Sunday, 23rd September – 10am – 12noon
Spring City Trampoline Park, Liverpool – they host sessions every Sunday morning from 9am – 10am. A fun session to be enjoyed by the whole family, adults and children; staff have been trained in autism (not provided by AT) and the environment has been adapted to suit all.