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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.

Free Mindfulness Day Retreat for Carers: 10 November


Mindful Life who organise free one-day retreats for carers have some spaces for their Saturday 10 November retreat. The retreats are accessible by one bus with no changes from the central bus station, and that the day runs from 10am-4pm.


For further information take a look at this flyer or contact Caroline McAleese of Carers Support Centre on Tel: 0117 958 9989 (Tue-Thu)

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.


We have places available at: Kidwelly 31 October, 01 & 02 November, Penrith 04, 05 & 06 December and Banbury 10, 11 & 12 December.


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.

North Somerset Branch AGM

On: 6th November, 9:10-12:20

At: The Firs Resource Centre Weston-super-Mare


This years guest speaker will be Sian Hutchings!


Sian is a 25-year-old public speaker who is on the autistic spectrum, having been diagnosed 17 years ago. She also has ADHD, Dyspraxia and is dyslexic.


She gives an amazing and inspiring insight into ASD & ADHD with her lived experiences. She has spoken at various events including school staff inset days and student assemblies, college staff & students world autism awareness weeks, university staff & students on world autism awareness weeks and various organisations such as The EBP in Lincoln training NCS Mentors before they go on the NCS programme to help and understand a better working relationship between the mentor and  the young person with Autism on the NCS programme .


Sian has recently been appointed as an NCS ambassador in her local area based in Lincoln Lincolnshire and surrounding areas, from August 2017 onwards, representing The EBP and NCS within their local communities, this includes supporting EBP staff in attending events, promoting the NCS programme to young people, encouraging expressions of interest and Sign Up’s to the programme.


Sian has spoken at the  National Autistic Society branches including training NAS volunteers speaking at ASD support groups around the country speaking to parents and carers of autistic children young people and adults  . She is an Experienced Public Speaker with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. Skilled in Marketing & Advertising, Strategic Planning, Microsoft Office, Photography, Artist, Graphic Design, and Social Media. Strong media and communication professional .


Sian has a Facebook Page called Sian Speaks and she is also on LinkedIn.


Anyone interested to please email so we know the numbers for seating.

Carers Support Centre - Carers Rights Day

Friday 30 November 2018, 10am - 2.30pm at Vassall Centre


Please see the flier with full details and note that attendees are requested to book.

Autism Wellbeing are hosting a conference with the fantastic Dr Olga Bogdashina in Cardiff on Friday 30 November, as well as links to our three Responsive Communication training days. Click on the links below to find out more.