Last few places…

Last few places remaining for Focus West London Saturday Club!

Focus West London Saturday Club is for primary-aged autistic children. The club is based in North Kensington, W10, and the next term will run from 2 February to 6 April, from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Focus West London uses the principles of ABA to teach social and group skills using a “natural environment” teaching approach. Children are supported, one-to-one by trained volunteers, to play, socialise, communicate and learn with their peers. A Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and a team of experienced supervisors plan and oversee a programme of individualised activities, designed to get the children engaging with each other and having fun.

Parents stay on site and benefit from respite, while their child plays and learns in a safe, welcoming setting. Parents also benefit from spending time with other parents facing similar challenges – forming friendships, supporting and educating each other.

Focus West London provides parents and the wider public with a rich programme of speakers, seminars and workshops for parents, from a variety of experts on autism-relevant topics.

Cost: £500 for a 10 week term

Contact: Dr Shruti Agrawal on focuswestlondon@gmail.com

Volunteer with Focus West London!

Gain career enhancing skills and help kids on the spectrum at the same time. Volunteer for Focus West London.

volunteerFOCUS WEST LONDON is a fun Saturday club for children on the autism spectrum or who share similar characteristics.

FOCUS West London will be welcoming Cohort 4 on 2 February 2019 and is looking for volunteers to start for a ten week term in North Kensington.

The Clubs will provide training for volunteer therapists. Children on the autism spectrum will be supported to develop social skills through having fun with the volunteers.  Volunteers receive initial training, and hands-on training every club session from a Board Certified Behaviour analyst and experienced ABA tutors. The Clubs are nurturing, fun and child-centred.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for, primarily, undergraduate/graduate volunteers – students of education, psychology, speech therapy and occupational therapy and associated courses who would be willing to attend training on 26 and 27 January and volunteer 10 Saturdays (9am to 1pm) from 2 February 2019.

What’s in it for you?

You will be trained as an ABA tutor and closely supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and her experienced team.  You will gain insight and practical ability in a nurturing, fun and highly-effective way of educating children with autism. You will gain insight into an excellent potential career pathway – there are many good Msc Applied Behaviour Analysis courses at UK universities. We hope also that such courses might accept this volunteering opportunity as part of any required student placements.

What are our requirements?

We are looking for empathic, energetic, reliable, committed people – ideally with some experience of working with children, who have an interest in developing their understanding of engaging and educating autistic children. The Club would suit teachers, nannies, Learning Support Assistants, undergraduates and first year postgraduates.

You must –

  • attend initial tutor-training day-long workshops on 26 and 27 January, beginning at 9am.
  • attend all Club sessions over the 10 week term.

Sounds brilliant!  How do I sign up?

Interested students can email focuswestlondon@gmail.com with the subject line “Volunteer”.

How does recruitment work?

We will be interviewing volunteers on the training days.  We will ask for CVs and take up references in advance (acceptance on the training days will be subject to suitable references). Final acceptance as a volunteer will be subject to successful completion of the training process.

Where can I find out more about the FOCUS Clubs?

Peruse this site to find out more about Focus West London, or join our Focus West London Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1661020304143969/

eBay for Charity

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Are you an avid eBayer? If so, did you know that you can support Focus West London when you buy or sell on eBay through the “eBay for Charity” platform?

Make us your Favourite charity on eBay and you will automatically see Focus West London as your preferred charity in eBay checkout.

You can easily sell your used items and donate from 10% to 100% of your sales to benefit us. Not only will we receive 100% of your donation, but eBay will waive your Final Value Fees to the extent you donate… AND you get the tax credit. Visit our charity page today and be part of a growing eBay community that has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to thousands of charities.

 

 

Collective Switch: How does it work?

So you want to know more about our Collective Energy Switch…

There is more information on the iChoosr website but here are a few things you might like to know.

  • You will be pooled with thousands of other people in the UK who join this particular iChoosr switch. Energy companies will be bidding for the business of this very large group – hence they offer their most competitive deals.
  • The auction takes place on 22nd a May (by which time registrations need to be in).
  • The resulting offers are sent out individually on 4th June and each person has until 3rd July to accept.
  • Accepted offers will be confirmed by email.
  • The actual switches take place fairly soon after acceptance – usually a couple of weeks – and there will then be a request to submit meter readings.

We, at Focus West London are excited about our latest fundraiser because for every household which switches, Saturday club gets £15! We can do A LOT with £15!

So, please do **sign up** without delay!

Save money / Raise money

Switch

Have you heard of Collective Energy Switches?

If you’d like to reduce your energy bill AND raise money for Focus West London in the process (no-brainer, surely!), read on.

If a group of households band together and indicate their willingness to switch energy suppliers (for the right price, of course), energy suppliers will offer attractive, competitive tariffs in order to secure the business of the collective.

Charities, like us, can pool supporters for a Collective Energy Switch and can receive a £15 fee per household that switches. This is obviously a great way for us to raise funds and, most likely, save money for our supporters in the process. Win-win!

We are offering you the opportunity to join a Collective Energy Switch in partnership with iChoosr: a well-established collective switch organiser, running three ‘auctions’ a year among energy suppliers.

Around 75,000 households take part in each one and – last time round – the winning tariff was £245 cheaper than the average annual ‘Big 6’ standard variable tariff of £1,149.

How Does It Work?

1. Sign-up for free to receive an offer of cheap energy – with NO obligation to switch. You have until **22ND MAY** to register!

Register

2. You will be grouped with 1,000s more households from around the UK – in an auction to get the best possible price from suppliers.

3. You’ll receive a personalised offer from the winning supplier with instructions on what to do if you want to accept.

4. Once the switch goes ahead, Focus West London receives a donation.

If you’d like to read more about collective energy switches in general terms, there is some information here.

Join us!

Focus West London is searching for bright sparks who relish the prospect of supporting  some very excellent kids at Focus West London Saturday Club this coming Autumn. All the key details appear below.

Please note: Candidates MUST like fun 🎉 and love accessing their inner child🧒 – and be super-reliable, obviously!

If you think you fit the bill, email Super-Shruti immediately!

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You, too, could be as cool as this lovely bunch of volunteers from our last cohort!

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Hooray!

£3,000

We are delighted to share that Focus West London’s “Digital Detox 2018” has raised in excess of £3,000!

A *HUGE* thank you to all our supporters and donors!

And we’re not finished yet, as our lovely Supervisor, Kirsty Angel, still has a campaign running. She is a mere £20 away from her target. Please do donate to or share her page and see if we can push her over the edge (not like that!).

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

And so we have reached the end of Cohort 3!

As always, we find ourselves marvelling at the journey some of the children have taken over a relatively short space of time. To see the change from anxious and defensive to open and playful in many of the children, reminds us all why our little club is so important.

There have been some important friendships made amongst a number of our cohort. It warmed the heart to hear them asking to play with each other and seeing the mischief they conceived together!

We have also witnessed some fantastic strides in language and communication, and also in behaviour.

All wonderful achievements, which they can carry with them beyond the end of term.

And, of course, it is down to the children’s relationships with our amazing, generous and spirited volunteers that these achievements have been made. What a bunch! We’re going to miss these gals! *Thank you* to every one of these smiling faces. We’ll be seeing some of you for Cohort 4!

We will be providing details of volunteer opportunities for Cohort 4 shortly, but if you want to get ahead of the game, complete our Expression of Interest Form and we’ll keep you posted.

 

 

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Waitrose Community Matters Scheme

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Focus West London is one of the good causes you can vote for in the Waitrose Community Matters scheme at Little Waitrose on Notting Hill Gate.

If you are passing by, please vote for Focus West London by placing a green token in the relevant Community Matters box at the end of your shop.

The more tokens we get, the bigger the donation we will receive!

Thank you!

 

Little Waitrose, 123-138 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QG

Oily Cart

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If you haven’t heard of Oily Cart, add yourself to their mailing list – now!  They create innovative, multi-sensory and interactive productions for young people with complex learning disabilities, including autism.

An autism-specific performance of their production, Light Show, is heading to the Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre in June. If you haven’t taken your autistic child to the theatre before, this would be a wonderful way to introduce them to the marvels of theatre. Oily Cart have created an interactive social story, to help prepare your child, and you can preview music used in the performance on their website.

The performance is on 1 June and 11am and 2pm. Tickets are £15 (a joint carer and child ticket).

Buy tickets here.