Autism Somerset e-bulletin October 2013

Dear colleague,

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

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Latest news

  • NAS Somerset Branch AGM
    The theme for this years National Autistic Society Somerset Branch Annual General Meeting is Family and Carers’ Rights. The meeting will be held at Friends Meeting House in Taunton on 14 November 2013. Read more »
  • Sompar Chairman’s Award for Campbell Main
    Autism Somerset founder and NAS member Campbell Main has been awarded the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Chairman’s Award for 2013. Read more »
  • SCC Chairman to support NAS as chosen charity
    David Fothergill, Chairman of Somerset County Council, has chosen the National Autistic Society as one of his two chosen charities to support during his period in office. Read more »
  • Awards to celebrate innovation in autism
    The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Professional Awards 2014 recognise and reward cross-discipline professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice. Read more »
  • National Autistic Society Annual General Meeting and Family Day 2013
    The National Autistic Society (NAS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Family Day will be held on Saturday 23 November 2013 at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Read more »
  • Gary Maule recognised as Public Sector Hero
    Gary Maule, a local police community support officer (PCSO), has won the Public Sector Hero category in the Heart of Somerset Community Awards for his work with young people with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Read more »
  • Royal College to recruit clinical champions for autistic spectrum disorders
    The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is seeking to recruit for senior clinicians to provide clinical leadership for autistic spectrum disorders, health inequalities and perinatal mental health. Read more »
  • Safe Places: Staying safe in your community
    The Safe Places scheme can help if you ever feel scared when you are out or if someone upsets you. It is run by the police and council with the support of local disability groups. Read more »
  • Project SEARCH
    Project SEARCH is a school transition programme which is a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work programme that takes place entirely at the workplace in Bath with Bath and North East Somerset Council. Read more »
  • Have your say on Learning Disabilities services
    The public is being invited to have its say on how services for people with Learning Disabilities living in Somerset may look in the future. Read more »
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing app
    The Five Ways to Wellbeing app, developed by Somerset Public Health, helps people improve their well-being through everyday activities No rules, no regulations. Read more »
  • Local MP backs Time to Change campaign
    Local MP Tessa Munt joined Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and the Care Minister Norman Lamb on World Mental Health Day last week to support Mind, the leading mental health charity’s ‘Time to Change’ campaign. Read more »
  • Launch of the Mental Health Alliance South West
    These notes kindly taken by Rosie Craig provide a snapshot of the Mental Health Alliance Conference, ‘Mental Health – Getting the best for the South West’ held on 16 October 2013 in Taunton. Read more »
  • November’s autism friendly films
    'Turbo' and 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' are the Autism Friendly films being shown in November. Read more »

Forthcoming local events

  • Sensory Issues and Autism Spectrum
    2 November 2013
    Garden Room, Blunsdon House Hotel, The Ridge, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 7AS
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • NAS Avon Branch meeting
    13 November 2013
    BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • NAS Somerset Branch AGM
    14 November 2013
    Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4EP
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Registered Care Providers Association Annual Care Seminar
    20 November 2013
    Somerset County Cricket Ground, St James St, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JT ‎
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Teenage Life - Next Steps - A one day programme for parents and young people with autism
    25 November 2013
    Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7DR
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • 14-25 ASD Transition Group
    29 November 2013
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum
    2 December 2013
    The Bay Centre, Cassis Close, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1NN
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Developing services locally for adults with autism spectrum conditions
    10 December 2013
    Winter Gardens Pavillion, Royal Parade, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1AJ
    Read more » | Map of venue

Forthcoming national events

  • Action on Disability 2013 – Fulfilling Potential, Supporting Independence
    12 November 2013
    Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • NHS Quality of Care: putting the patient at the heart of healthcare
    19 November 2013
    America Square Conference Centre, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Online autism conference with Ann Le Couteur
    21 November 2013
    AWARES Conference Centre,
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autism Plus: Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in autism
    4 December 2013
    Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
    Read more » | Map of venue
  • Autistic Intelligence conference 2014
    6 January 2014
    Auden Rooms, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham, B5 5JE
    Read more » | Map of venue

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