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Richmond Mencap publishes a comprehensive monthly calendar of events for people who have learning disabilities, not just of their own activities but those of other local organisations as well.

To see what events are on offer, please go to

If you would like to find out what else Richmond Mencap has to offer, please phone them at 0208 744 1923 or email


The Key Club is for anyone aged 16 to 30 year of age who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. Our nearest Key Club meets once a month on a Saturday morning at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.  Each meeting consists of a two-hour workshop followed by a break and a discussion. The subjects of the workshops and the discussions change each month but are based on the performance arts, visual arts and other creative disciplines. For dates, see Turtle Key Arts' webpage at

Where: Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, Kings Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL

When: Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 5.00pm once a month  

Fee: Free to all participants. If you would like to make a donation to help Turtle Key Arts continue their work with young autistic people, please click HERE. If you would like to become a member of the Key Club, please call them on on 020 8964 5060 or visit this webpage:

RHLT ACTIVITIES (for people with a learning disability)

RHLT offer a variety of activities to people who have a learning disability. These include the following weekly events:

Pub Night - Mondays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Where: Cabbage Patch, 67, London Road, Twickenham. TW1 3SZ

Cover to Cover book group - Tuesdays, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Where: Cabbage Patch, 67, London Road, Twickenham. TW1 3SZ

DanceAct group - Wednesdays, 10.00am to 12.45pm

Where: Landmark Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington. TW11 9NN

Employability Job Club - Thursdays, 3.30pm to 5.30pm (times to be changed soon)

Where: Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Arragon Road, Twickenham. TW1 3NH

This group is run in partnership with Local Mencap Richmond

There are also two events that take place once a month. These are:

Games Night - Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: Adelaide Pub, 57, Park Road, Teddington. TW11 0AU

Diners Club - Once a month on a Saturday

The venues are as varied as possible so that the members get a chance to try different types of food that they would not otherwise try.

For further information about these events, do visit RHLT Activities. To make a booking for any of these activities, you can register your interest by visiting RHLT's Contact Us webpage.


BuddyUp is for young people with disabilities or additional needs aged between 14-17 years and living in the Richmond or Kingston boroughs. It works by matching young people up with their own young volunteer (‘buddy’) and aims to enable young people to increase independence and confidence through travelling and getting out and about more in their community. And of course it’s about having fun and building a friendship!

Please contact:

Jamie Cutler - 020 8831 6072 or (Richmond BuddyUp)

Junaina Pirbhai - 020 8831 6079 or (Kingston BuddyUp)

Please note, Junaina's working hours are Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm

You can also read more about BuddyUp by visiting Richmond & Kingston BuddyUp.


For a limited time and at selected cinemas, Odeon is trialing autism friendly screenings of films for an older audience. The Odeon cinemas nearest to Richmond participating in the trial screenings are those in Wimbledon and Kensington.

Details of the next screening:

Monday 27th May - 'Aladdin'

For more information about adults' autism friendly screenings at Odeon cinemas, contact the Disability and Accessibility Helpline at 0800 138 3315 (Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday between 10.00am and 5.00pm) or otherwise visit Odeon autism friendly screenings.


The Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth work with Resources for Autism to run social groups for autistic adults. These groups offer autistic people the opportunity to meet friends, take part in fun activities, learn new skills and get support and advice. Do email or call Resources for Autism on 020 8458 3259 or 07792 484196 for more information.

When: Every other Thursday, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Where: Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD

Staff: Jeff Benge and Zarah Yusuf

Thursday 9th May: Kingston Theatre

Tonight, we willbe going to the theatre to see Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Tickets will be a bargain £7.00!

Thursday 23rd May: Theory of Mind

Tonight, we will have a discussion at Crossways about this topic which is very central to autism. Plus Quiz!

Thursday 6th June: Nature Walk:

Tonight, we will be going on a nature walk in the area, and perhaps ending up in a local pub for refreshments!

Thursday 20th June: Depression

Continuing our discussion on mental health and anxiety and looking at ways in which these can be improved.

Thursday 4th July: Alan at Crossways

Tonight, Alan will be coming to Crossways to talk about an aspect of the work he does at Kew before the summer trip to Kew.

Thursday 18th July: Kew Gardens

Today, we will be having our regular summer discovery tour at Kew.

Thursday 1st August: Outing


Thursday 15th August: Richmond Park

As it is summer, today we will be going to Richmond Park and having a picnic in the park; hopefully seeing the deer and walking to the Isabella Plantation. If the weather is very bad, we can make alternative indoor arrangements (to be decided!!).


The Curly Hair Project offers online workshops you can take part in from your desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone or tablet - webinars. You will need to book a ticket to take part and you will be emailed joining instructions before the webinar is due to run.

For more information and to book the webinar of your choice, please visit this webpage: If you have any further concerns or questions, please email

To find out more about what the Curly Hair project offers, please visit their website


Richmond Inclusive Sports and Exercise (RISE) provides a varied programme of activities for adults and older young people who have a disability.

These activities include archery, canoeing, football, Fusion dance and drama, golf, gym sessions, rugby, swimming, tennis, trampolining, wheelchair basket ball and yoga. RISE also offers its weekly Saturday Multi-Sport Club of inclusive sports and activities.

For more detail of these activities, please visit RISE activities for adults If you would like any further information about RISE, inclusive and disability specific sport or exercise activities, call RISE on 020 8831 6134 or email from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

RISE also offers sporting opportunities to children and young people, the details of which can be found on the Activities News and Events page.


Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT) is a puppet youth theatre for young people aged 11 to 17 with Asperger's / high functioning autism. It began as a pilot project with support from Turtle Key Arts, and has gone from strength to strength. This is a perfect club for artists, model builders, designers, problem solvers, puppeteers, performers and people with big imaginations or a quirky take on life.

When: Saturday afternoons, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Where: Little Angel Studios, Sebbon Street Community Centre,

             Sebbon Street, Islington. N1 2EH

To find out more, do visit Spectrum Youth Theatre. If you would like to make an enquiry about joining, call 0203 780 5973 or email


This is a specialist support group for autistic young people where they can make friends, and access youth services. It is open to young people from the Richmond and Kingston Boroughs. Membership is by referral only (parents can make referrals).

When: Thursday evenings, 6.00pm to 8.30pm (term time only)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 11 to 24 years

For more details, call 020 8288 0950 (Heatham House office) or 07919 044141. You can also email Gregory Cheetham at


This is a club for young people with disabilities. TAG seeks to provide a safe, stimulating and engaging environment for any young person with a disability to meet up with their friends, take part in fun activities and learn social and life skills.

When: Friday evenings, 5.30pm to 7.30pm (Junior Club),

                                        7.30pm to 9.30pm (Youth Club)

Where: Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham. TW10 7PL

Age Range: 10 to 25 years

For further details, call 07557 397934 or email TAG at To find out more about what TAG has to offer, please visit


Activity Station provides people with disabilities access to a range of fun, inclusive activities and social events in their local area from which they can choose.  

When: Sunday 19th May

Where: Old Sorting Office, 49 Station Rd, London SW13 0L

Price: £10.00. Carers tickets are FREE (a maximum of 2 per booking) and also need to

           be booked at the same time as the standard ticket.

To book tickets, visit Events Calendar and select your event. All ticket holders must be accompanied. Parents, keyworkers and carers need to remain on site at all times. Please note that Mencap Disco tickets need to be booked directly with Richmond Mencap by calling them on 020 8744 1923.

Otakar Kraus Music Drumming Session: 11.30am to 12.30pm

A live, fun interactive music therapy session using drums, percussion, xylophone and keyboard with Edison from the Otakar Music Trust.

For ages 11+ including adults. All disabilities welcome.

Creative Arts Workshop: 11.30am to 1.00pm

This informal, relaxed and inclusive art sessions is themed and may include mosaic, painting, arts and crafts – something for everyone.

For ages 11 + with moderate/severe learning disabilities.

Dance and Drama workshop: 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Fun and friendly, each workshop includes dance, drama and music using various methods to bring out the potential in everyone.

For ages 11+ and suitable for people who are non-verbal.


Get ready to sing, dance, laugh and love all over again. You’re invited to return to the Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.

When: Monday 27th May, 9.10am to 11.00am (doors open at 9.00am)

Where: Olympic Cinema (Screen 2). 117-123 Church Rd, Barnes, SW13 9HL

During the sensory screening there are no adverts and the lights are on but dimmed low. The sound is quieter at the start of the film and gradually increases during the movie, but is still below the standard volume for mainstream audiences, and people are free to move around and come in and out if they need to.

For more information about this screening, do visit Activity Station's Event Calendar.

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