Autism Somerset e-bulletin July 2014

Dear colleague,

Please find below a digest of selected news headlines and forthcoming events from the Autism Somerset website at

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Please note that there will be no e-bulletin in August. We wish you all a fantastic summer.

Latest news

  • Autism Professionals Awards 2015
    The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Professional Awards 2015 recognise and reward services and professionals leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of people with autism. Read more »
  • Recruitment for Young Campaigners Group
    The National Autistic Society’s Young Campaigners Group is looking for several members between 13-19 years old to join the group for a new year. Read more »
  • The Autistic Gardener
    The Autistic Gardener is a brand new series for Channel 4 which follows award winning garden designer Alan Gardner and a team of 6 individuals, all on the autistic spectrum, as they redesign a series of gardens. Find out how you can take part. Read more »
  • Autism hospital passport
    This resource published by the National Autistic Society aims to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Read more »
  • Diverse perspectives
    This report published by the National Autistic Society explores the challenges for families affected by autism from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England. Read more »
  • It involves us
    This guidance produced by the National Autistic Society aimes to help local authorities better involve people with autism in their local planning and implementation. Read more »
  • From the pond into the sea: Children’s transition to adult health services
    This report published by the Care Quality Commission presents findings from a recent review into children's transition to adult health services. Finding shows that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. Read more »
  • Consultation on the Care Act
    Details on the rules determining who will get adult social care from April 2015 have been published, as part of a Government consultation on the regulations and guidance accompanying the Care Act 2014. Read more »
  • Consultation on changes to the Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice
    The Department of Health is seeking views on proposed changes to the Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice, which include a significantly rewritten section regarding children and young people. Read more »
  • Compact Awards 2014
    The Compact Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the most outstanding partnership working across England. Read more »
  • Somerset Autism Strategy – Your Views Needed
    The Somerset Autism Planning Group are seeking views on the Autism Strategy as it will help plan what support will be available in the future. Read more »
  • Somerset Social Investment Fund
    Somerset County Council have approved the development of a £1m Social Investment Fund to support Somerset businesses and communities to make a positive impact on local communities and the economy. Read more »
  • SINePost e-bulletin, July 2014
    This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on the Latest Population estimates, Economic Factsheets , Well-being Map Explorer and University take-up. Read more »
  • Somerset Total Communication online symbols library
    Somerset Total Communication have produced a new online symbols library to enable people to communicate effectively, improving relationships, confidence, self esteem and participation in their community. Read more »
  • Autism friendly films in August
    The Nut Job, Planes 2, Earth to Echo and Maleficent are the Autism Friendly films being shown in August at Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase and Vue cinemas. Read more »

Forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS

  • North Sedgemoor Health Forum Meeting
    5 August 2014
    Burnham on Sea War Memorial Hospital, 6 Love Lane, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA8 1ED
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Voluntary & Community Sector Forum
    4 September 2014
    The Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6EU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Somerset Court family fete
    6 September 2014
    Somerset Court, Harp Road, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, TA9 4HQ
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Disability Somerset 2014
    10 September 2014
    Junction 24, Market Way, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6DF
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Somerset Partnership: Working with the voluntary sector
    11 September 2014
    The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • World Mental Health Day at the Cheese and Grain
    10 October 2014
    Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, BA11 1BE
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Inclusive Communication Environments (ICE) Induction
    13 October 2014
    Glanville House, Church St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AT
    Read more » | Map of venue


  • DCT Annual Conference - Transitions
    2 September 2014
    University of Exeter, Streatham Court, Rennes Drive, Exeter, United Kingdom
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Progressive Youth Work Practice: Celebration, Innovation and Collaboration
    10 September 2014
    The University of St Mark & St John, Derriford Rd, Plymouth, PL6 8BH
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • The Future of NHS Leadership 2014
    10 September 2014
    Westminster, London
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Transforming Primary Care: Strengthening and Integrating Primary and Community Services
    18 September 2014
    Westminster, London
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards
    23 September 2014
    Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, London, W1K 7TN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Women and girls on the autism spectrum
    9 October 2014
    Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, W8 5SY
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Succeeding with Children & Adults with Autism
    1 November 2014
    John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP
    Read more » | Map of venue

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