Edition 6 – August 2018

Fresh outlook on a new term

Here’s your monthly round-up of all things happening at Autism Together, and to begin with we’re sharing some handy tips and tricks for the transition to a new school or going back to school after the summer break.

To equip yourself with some essential back-to-school know-how, click here.

Re-launch of Children & Family website

Did you know that our children and families team offers parent workshops, short break activity clubs and sibling groups?  They’re a font of knowledge and a great support to many local families. Check out their smart new website, which even includes a virtual tour around our building, so you’ll know what to expect when you visit.

Children and Family Service website

Curry and Comedy

Curry & comedy

Prepare yourselves for a night of chutney and chuckles. It’s our first ever Curry and Comedy night. Tickets for this event are just £25 per person and include a full Indian banquet and a night of entertainment from rising stars. The venue is the ever-popular Magic Spices, New Brighton.

To book your tickets, please contact fundraising@autismtogether.co.uk

Autism's Got Talent

Claire Simmo to host Autism’s Got Talent

We’re thrilled that Radio City breakfast presenter Claire Simmo will be hosting our live variety show, the Autism’s Got Talent Merseyside Roadshow, at the Brighton Pavilion on Friday 23rd November. What a night we’ve got planned!  Don’t miss out: tickets are just £11.50 for adults and £7 for under sixteens.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Can you adopt a collection tin?

As this is our 50th birthday year, we are keen to spread as much awareness as we can and raise the profile of Autism Together. We have over 80 collection tins ready for their new adopted homes!  Could you take one to your workplace, in your local shop or pub or even your favourite restaurant? Help us re-home these tins and boost funds for our Future 50 appeal.

Please get in touch with fundraising@autismtogether.co.uk if you can offer one a home.

Autism-friendly activities

There’s plenty going on in and around Wirral and Liverpool over the next month and all are autism-friendly! From cinema trips, meals out and visits to 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.

Autism-friendly brunch, The Florist Liverpool – Thursday 30th August 10am-12noon.

After recently training all staff in autism awareness, The Florist in Liverpool is putting on a special autism-friendly brunch on Thursday, 30th August from 10am – 12noon. Breakfast and lunch options will be available with flexible food requests for all; they have made adaptions to their environmental factors to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience.

Places must be pre-booked in advance and you can contact them on 0151 294 4695 / liverpoolsales@theflorist.uk.com

Disability ice skating, Deeside – Saturday 22nd September 1.30-2.15pm.

Deeside Leisure Centre and Ice Rink have some upcoming disability sessions and siblings and family are all welcome. These are suitable for all impairments and include skating aids and qualified coaches to give you some extra help. Their next session is on Saturday, 22nd September, 1:30 – 2:15pm. Cost is just £5 each and this includes 1 carer free.

For further details please contact donna.bullivant-evans@aura.wales

Official Legoland, Windsor

Total Sensory Space is now open in the Heartlake City area of Legoland Windsor. This unique space is the first dedicated sensory facility of its kind at a theme park and provides a calming environment for guests with additional needs, who may require a quiet moment away from the excitement of the main park.

To find out more about this space and what’s there, follow this link

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!

Cheshire Oaks autism-friendly shopping – Tuesday 11th September 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 is turned down low and quiet spaces are on offer to chill out. 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, 29th August – 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 – showing their next screening in September, stay tuned for further details.

Showcase Cinema, Liverpool – showing Christopher Robin on Sunday, 9th September at 10am.

FACT Cinema, Liverpool – showing Free Willy on Sunday 2nd September at 11.30am.

Odeon Cinema, Bromborough & Liverpool – showing their next screening in September, stay tuned for further details.

International Slavery Museum in Liverpool will be hosting an autism-friendly session from 10am – 12noon on Sunday 30th September. 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 30th September. 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, 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.

Port Sunlight River Park

There’s so much going on for everyone at the River Park this summer, please go onto their Facebook Page to stay up to date with all their events. Something for everyone from bees, butterflies and bugs, a sponsored charity walk, weekly health walks and lots more! Remember this is an autism-friendly site and a place to see some fantastic views over to Liverpool and enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze.