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We have lots of events running throughout the year. Please take a look at the following for more details below

Also, don't forget to take a look at our advertised courses too - potentially for professionals, those with Autism, for carers or those just with an interest. Take a look here

The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Prize Competition and Exhibition for 2018/19 will take place at Bruce Castle Museum and Gallery, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU, from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Thursday 28th February 2019.


The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has been providing an art service for adults with asc since 1991 and since 1994 there have been 45 one person and mixed exhibitions in London and elsewhere; we have provided a painting and drawing prize competition since 2009.


All entrants are eligible for the main prize but artists should indicate on their entry form if they also intend their work to be entered for either of the prizes designated as ‘The Buildings of the Future’ or ‘The Portrait Prize’.

  • First Prize £500.00,  Second Prize £350.00,  Third Prize £150.00  Provided by the Shirley Foundation

  • The PJR Creative Building Prize: First Prize £250.00, Second Prize £150.00, Third Prize £100.00 Provided by PJR Creative Building

  • The Lillie Portrait Prize: £200.00, Anonymous Donor


From September artists should be able to download info & entry forms from our website and they can mail me at for Competition Entry Forms, Rules of the Competition, How to get there etc.


The Prize Giving and the Private View will be held in February 2019 at a date to be arranged. It’s also hoped to show films about autism throughout, or at least about autistic themes, autistic central characters, autistic dilemmas and so on which I’m sure some will welcome as light relief. I will also try to find informed speakers, at least for the Private View, and persuade dignitaries to open the proceedings.


Submissions must be in by Wednesday 31st October 2018. Please send or take your work to: The Exhibition Coordinator, 2 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7EX


Phone 020 8881 8638 or E-mail: for an application form and Info Pack or general enquiries. You can also visit the Day Service between 15.00-16.00 weekdays to pick up forms etc.

News from Dogs for Good -


In partnership with The National Autistic Society and the University of Lincoln, Dogs for Good completed a three year research project investigating why dogs affect children with autism and the impact on the family as a whole. The research found that owning a pet dog reduced stress in parents of children with autism.


Family Dog workshop places available


Our workshops are designed to provide parents of children with autism with the advice and long-term support needed for choosing and training a dog to benefit the whole family.


Workshops are held around the country and use a combination of practical demonstrations with our workshop dogs, discussions, hands on learning and course handouts.


No venues local to you? Whilst we do add new venues occasionally, we are limited with resources and funding so cannot provide a venue that is local to everyone. Please register your interest in future workshops and when we publish our new workshop schedule for 2019 we will notify you by email.

What do staff need to know to support people with autism


Skills for Care, Skills for Health, the National Autistic Society and Opening Minds Consultancy are working together to develop a ‘core capabilities framework’ about autism. This framework will say what staff need to know and do, so that they have the right skills and knowledge to support autistic people properly. To help them do this they want to talk to autistic people, families, and staff who support them, and are running five focus groups in January 2019. If you want to get involved, find out more and book your place here.


The sessions will be on various dates and locations in January. However, our closest one is 14 January in Bristol.


■The morning session (10.00-12.30) is for paid staff who support autistic people. These could be people who work in social care, health or any other public services who need to make their service more useful to autistic people.


■The afternoon session (13.15-15.45) is for people with lived experience of autism. This means autistic people and family and friends of people with autism.


Some people might have lived experience and work in a role that supports autistic people – you can choose to attend one or both of the sessions.


For more information or to book a focus group please contact Lucy Skye, Trainer Consultant – Local and Health Authority Consultancy Specialist on 07771 841774 or (working days are usually Monday-Thursday).