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Two Great Opportunities:

Missenden Walled Garden have two vacancies at their centre, one is for the position of Chair of Trustees which is a voluntary position and the other is for a full time Care/Support Worker which would suit someone with practical skills, especially someone looking to learn about the workings of a charity as part of their career.

Anyone interested should take a look at the links below:



They would ideally like to fill the position for Chair of Trustees before Christmas but are willing to keep the post open a little longer to find the right candidate.




Participants wanted for Study

Dr Katie Maras and Dr Jade Norris are recruiting participants for a study looking at how interview questions can be adapted to support autistic adults to recall personal experiences. The outcomes of this study will be important in improving our understanding of how questioning techniques can be adapted in contexts such as police interviews, health and social care consultations, and job interviews. Participants will be asked to recall specific memories of events they have experienced (for example going to the beach), as well as taking part in some other tasks. The study is likely to take around three hours (with plenty of breaks) and participants will receive £8 per hour for their time. The study takes place at the University of Bath Claverton Down campus, and we can reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Please read the attached Information Sheet carefully, and if you are interested in hearing more about this study and/or enquiring about taking part, please contact Dr Jade Norris on j.norris@bath.ac.uk or 07391 268 102

Interview Study at Bath_V2.pdf



Aylesbury Evening

Adult Social Group, where you can meet others with autism in a safe environment.

  • Sit and listen.
  • Play Board games
  • Make suggestions on what you want from the group

Aylesbury Quakers Meeting House 9 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury, HP20 2RT

6:30Pm to 9Pm
Come for as long as you are comfortable.

  • Wednesday 28th Nov 2018

For more details email autismbucks18@gmail.com

High Wycombe Day

Adult Social Group, where you can meet others with autism in a safe environment.

  • Just sit and listen.
  • Play Board games
  • Make suggestions on what you want from the group

High Wycombe Quakers Meeting House, 25 London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ.

11am to 1pm
Come for as long as you feel comfortable.

Future dates to be added soon!

For more details email autismbucks18@gmail.com








Whats on?

Halton Tennis Club

Inclusive support for people playing tennis, gym and fitness classes. See website for details http://www.haltontennis.co.uk



Thomley Hall Cottage, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, BUCKS

Thomley is a place for people of all abilities and disabilities. Bringing disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff that understand their needs. This is not autism specialised but the staff here are familiar with the difficulties people on the spectrum face daily.

Funded through Individualised budgets or direct payments.

16 and above

Phone: 01844338380.                                         website: http://www.thomleyactivitycentre.org/



Key Club Bucks

Creative Arts Club for people aged 16 – 30 with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Held @the Hub High Wycombe

Contact: ruth@turtlekeyarts.org.uk



Thames Valley Adventure Playground-Taplow

For Adults OVER THE AGE OF 16. Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use of equipment and crafts. Woodwork sessions available on request. Contribution – £8 per user. Sensory Room available for additional £5 per half hour.

Contact: phone: 01628 628599                                      website: http://www.tvap.co.uk/index.php?page=home




This therapeutic approach offers a step-by- step system of yoga poses designed to increase the mental and motor skills. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques help to improve concentration.

Lyn offers free consultation for people concerning this therapy.

Please telephone or email. Lynn Patton. Aylesbury Yoga Centre 161c Cambridge Street, Aylesbury Bucks HP20 1BB

Phone: 07799 197317

email: Hello@aylesburyyogacentre.co.uk (for bookings and enquiries).



Cineworld Cinema Autism Friendly Screenings




About the CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA), formerly the Cinema Exhibitors; Association (CEA). The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.




Clearly Speaking

Clearly Speaking is an approachable, professional, caring supportive service for families and front-line professionals who live in England. We operate right across the UK with families coming from as far as Carlisle, Wales and Cornwall just to attend our centre for help and specialist support for free, with services and intervention for those families living with special needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome and all other associated difficulties like D.A.M.P, ADHD, Global Development Disorder, specific learning issues like Dyslexia as well as Tourette’s Syndrome, EDS, Fibromyalgia to name a few. Janet Hicks the project director can also offer additional specialist help such as Autism ( ASD ) diagnosis, customised therapy and CBT along with Salt, disability benefit applications/appeals and advice in accessing local agencies to support your further need where you might be struggling to contact.

We run many activity groups throughout the year, including weekends and after school. here are a few of the groups we have running currently: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, a Gardening Club (March to October), a Girls Support Group (8-18 years), a coping with relationships course (12-21 years), Counselling services, Youth Clubs, volunteering opportunities, holiday activities and special needs/disability Young Peoples’ Forum, board game café, Knit & Chat for parents and carers, Adult Social Groups for those over the age of 18 on the Autism Spectrum. All of these facilities and services can be applied for via our website.

Janet Hicks also personally does a variety of regular support services including: The National Arts Award, curriculum based training and support sessions, work experience training, specialist support sessions and courses, support at meetings with schools, agencies and when appropriate SEN tribunals, individualised support and resources for children, young people and their families and a “One Stop Shop”.

Clearly Speaking, London Road, Buckingham MK18 1AS

Contact: Janet Hicks or Sonny Hawkins on 01280 824871                 Email: info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk

Website: https://www.clearlyspeaking.org.uk/

VENUE: Clearly Speaking, London Road, MK18 1AS

Situated between Buckingham Secondary School and Swan Pool Leisure Centre. Buses to and from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Bicester stop directly opposite the centre.

We charge a small amount per activity group to pay for art and craft material and the tuck shop. We encourage everyone who uses diagnosis and/ tribunal services to donate towards cost of paper, ink, Janet’s time, travel costs or volunteer if you are financially struggling. We will not ever directly ask for money towards any services except for our activity groups where discounts are available to those on benefits, retired or have more than one child attending.


Age Ranges

Junior Activities from 0-12 years

Senoir Activities from 13-16 years

Adult groups from 16 years and over


Referal Details

You can be referred by local services and your GP can do it if you prefer. We encourage everyone however to self refer by either completing our online form located on our website www.clearlyspeaking.org.uk or emailing us direct with your enquiry to info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clearlyspeakingsupport

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/ClearlyCoolClub

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/116375078385722469090




Soundabout offer community music sessions which run largely from thier premises in Worminghall.  The sessions are specifically for people with learning difficulties including people with Autism.

2 Elizabeth House, Wornal Park, Road, Worminghall, HP18 9HP

Telephone: 01844 338898                                                                 website: https://www.soundabout.org.uk/



Chiltern Music Therapy

Chiltern Music Therapy offers a variety of services for adults, young adults and children with autism. We see people across the spectrum of the condition, including those who have recently been diagnosed, to those with Asperger’s Syndrome and anyone with a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Our approach is tailored to each individual person or group, supporting them to make changes in any areas of life where they feel they have difficulties. The main objective of our work in this area is to firstly assess and see whether Music Therapy could be of benefit to the client and then look at how best we can transfer benefits and abilities we see in the Music Therapy sessions, into everyday life.

For children: We focus on improving understanding of social situations and interactions as well as looking at cognitive and learning skills and any emotional or behavioural issues.

For Post 16: Chiltern Music Therapy are also able to offer sessions as part of the transitions services within Post 16 Buckinghamshire SEN provisions. Please do get in touch with us to find out more about this service.

For adults: We focus on assisting with learning and life skills, including difficulties with communication or social interaction to help clients take up employment, education or volunteering opportunities, as well as providing psychological support at times of particular need.

Where: We can offer one to one or group sessions at home, in the community, in supported living or at schools and colleges.

Just join in! Our Let’s Sing Group, takes place in High Wycombe at the Arts4Every1 Centre on a Wednesday evening, between 6.00-7.00.

You can self-refer or be referred by a parent, carer, GP or other healthcare or education professional.

Simply call us on 01442 780541 or e-mail: info@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk




Bag Books

Bag Books are multi sensory books which off accessible stories for those who cannot benefit from mainstream books, the stories are told interactively, through actions and emotions rather than words and pictures.

Some library staff are trained to deliver multi-sensory stories to group in libraries to organise a group bag books session contact 0845 2303232                               Email: library@bucksscc.gov.uk



Jigsaw Drama Group

Theatre club for people with disabilities.

Every Tuesday at 10am to 12pm and at 1pm to 3.30pm during term time at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury.

If you are interested in joining either group or facilitating, please contact Vic Gerhardi on 01296 632491 for further information.




The Theatre Shed

The Community Theatre is a diverse group open to people of all abilities and backgrounds from ages 10 up to teens and beyond. It’s about having a wider range of ages working together and is particularly suited to young adults who may yet to have any experience within theatre. Workshops cover drama, movement and music and there are countless opportunities to create and perform at numerous Shed events throughout the year. The Community Theatre group meets at Chesham Youth Centre on Mondays from 18:45 to 20:00




Friendly Bombs

Drama group for people with moderate learning disabilities in Burnham.

The core aim of Friendly Bombs is to provide local learning disabled people with a true sense of theatre. We always work from classic texts. We produce a piece theatre from a play once it has been understood and reinvented by our group of actors




The Spectrum Club

We are a social youth group geared towards people with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning Autism. We offer a range of activities and facilities, including:

  • An art table (including Fimo modelling)
  • Baking and cooking in the Tuck Shop
  • Video games (Xbox 360 and Wii)
  • Pool
  • Card games
  • Table tennis

Location: East Side Youth Centre, Highcrest Academy, High Wycombe

Times: Alternate Saturdays, once a fortnight

11-14 yrs _2-4pm

14-21 yrs_4-6pm

For more information, contact Mark and/Jo Wengler on 01494 488025                Mark mobile: 07973 653933



Horses Helping People

Therapeutic horsemanship benefits a wide range of adults and children, including those with behavioural challenges, mental health problems and learning difficulties. It helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing and social skills.

It is also beneficial for anyone looking for a new way to improve confidence and self awareness, or for a relaxing break from routine.

At Horses Helping People the focus is on building  a trusting partnership between horse and human. It’s not all about riding, although some clients may ride as part of their activities.

Horses Helping People is located near Mentmore on the Bucks/Beds borders.

01525 377688                  07815 547668               info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk                  http://horseshelpingpeople.co.uk/




Horsewyse is an Equine Riding and Learning Centre with a difference. A Community Interest Company (not for profit) based near Long Crendon, on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Providing horse riding lessons, hacks and  polocrosse for all abilities of rider from beginner to advanced.

They also specialise in ground-based and riding activities for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural and physical difficulties, such as Autistic spectrum disorders, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, low confidence, selective mutism, attachment disorders, Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy. We also run activity days/ children’s club, polocrosse horse hire and racehorse retraining.

Horsewyse CIC                                                                                                                                                                          Westfield Farm, Westfield Road                                                                                                                                                   Long Crendon, Aylesbury                                                                                                                                               Buckinghamshire                                                                                                                                                                             HP18 9EW

Please contact Neil by sending an email to horsewyse@btinternet.com             http://www.horsewyse.org.uk/




Dash Club

D.A.S.H (Disability – Art – Sports – Health) clubs provide organised physical activity and games for people with disabilities. Encouraging low-key physical activity and social interaction. Swimming sessions are one of the many activities and are held in Aylesbury and Buckingham.

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Cost: £7.50 per session or £70 for a 10-week block

Contact: Phone: 01296 585 206                                        email: communities_team@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk


Wednesday Club Doorways

A dance club for people with or without disabilities led by a choreographer. Classes promote activity, social interaction and fun, where attendees have the opportunity to perform at several showcases throughout the year.

When: Wednesdays 4-5pm during term time

Where: Aqua Vale Leisure Centre, Aylesbury HP20 1DX

Cost: £5.75 per session (Paid termly in advance)

Contact: Phone: 01296 585 206                                   email: communities_team@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Contact the above for further details of both activities.




Heaven & Earth  Beauty Therapy









Mind the Gap Groups



There are also social groups for people with Autism and you can find out more by clicking the following links:

Adult Social Group Aylesbury

Adult Social Group High Wycombe Day